Gurlitt Affair

Art Trove Report Disappoints

Die wissenschaftliche Koordinatorin Andrea Baresel-Brand sieht sich am 04.12.2014 in Berlin in den Räumen des Taskforce-Büros Kopien einer Renaissance-Tafel an, die von dem Künstler Bartholomäus Spranger stammt oder nach ihm gemalt wurde. Aufgeklärt werden soll der Kunstfund des verstorbenen Münchner Kunstsammlers Cornelius Gurlitt und welche Stücke daraus aus NS-Raubkunst stammen. Foto: Britta Pedersen/dpa (zu dpa «Taskforce zur Kunstsammlung Gurlitt legt Ergebnisse vor» vom 13.01.2016) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Art provenance research coordinator Andrea Baresel-Brand at work.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Many of the rightful owners of artworks illegally confiscated during the Nazi era are still looking for them.

  • Facts

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    • Provenance researchers have been focusing on about 500 of the 1,258 artworks seized in 2012 at the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt.
    • Of those 500 suspected to have been stolen by the Nazis, researchers could conclusively determine the provenance of only 11, and of those five were found to be looted art.
    • The newly founded German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg will continue the investigation.
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Despite a mammoth effort, results have been paltry in the search for the rightful owners of the sensational trove of Nazi-era art discovered in Munich in 2012.

That’s according to a government task force, which released its long-awaited final report last week.

Of about 500 artworks suspected of being illegally confiscated by the Nazis, the task force determined the provenance of just 11. Of them, five were looted art, the report said.

They were among the 1,258 artworks found in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt in the Bavarian capital in 2012. The now late Mr. Gurlitt was the son of German art dealer and historian Hildebrand Gurlitt, who traded in so-called “degenerate art” during the Nazi era and died in 1956.

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