Contact partners for restitution claims
In accordance with the agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media), the Free State of Bavaria and the Kunstmuseum Bern Foundation (German version only) dated 24 November 2014, the “Gurlitt Provenance Research” project is the contact partner for inquiries regarding the investigation of the collection until the project’s termination. As soon as the project completes research on a particular work and a corresponding provenance report is issued, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media is the contact partner for restitution claims connected to the respective work:
Kunstverwaltung des Bundes
Documents required in cases of possible restitution
For legal reasons and to protect the rightful beneficiaries, it is necessary to provide the following documents, substantiating one’s legal entitlement to the inheritance or right to represent the lawful heirs:
- A notarised copy of the testament (if one exists) from whom the work was confiscated through Nazi persecution. In the case of a foreign testament, an apostille and notarised translation of the testament or respective certificate of inheritance (or if subject to foreign law, then a foreign certificate of inheritance);
- Notarised copies of all other relevant testaments (for foreign testaments, apostilles and notarised copies) for all deceased legal heirs related to this person or the respective certificates of inheritance (or if subject to foreign law, then foreign certificates of inheritance);
- Notarised certificates of original power of attorney (for foreign certificates, apostilles) of all legal heirs named and substantiated by the documentary evidence listed above, which entitle the representative of the claimant to execute transactions and issue statements in reference to the restitution of the respective work and accept the work should restitution be granted.
Additional documents may be required in individual cases.