Hidden Gurlitt Collection to be Displayed in Germany and Switzerland

Works from Cornelius Gurlitt’s hidden art collection are finally going to be exhibited starting in November, according to an article by the New York Times.

The collection was discovered during a tax investigation in 2013, and it has been a topic of mystery and controversy in Germany ever since.

Gurlitt, the son of an art dealer in Nazi Germany, left his collection of over 1,200 pieces to the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland when he passed away in 2014. Some of the art Cornelius Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand, dealt in was stolen by the Nazis, which has made things difficult for the museum and the German government.

Cornelius Gurlitt Credit: New York Times

A task force has been created in Germany in an attempt discover the origins of the works in the collection and return any stolen art to its rightful owners.

Before setting up any exhibitions, the Swiss museum had to wait for the court to rule on whether Gurlitt had been of sound mind when he decided to leave the collection to them. This finally happened in December, allowing them to move forward with planning the exhibitions in the Kunstmuseum in Bern and the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany.

The Bern exhibit will run from November 2 to March 4, 2018, and the Bonn show will run from November 3 to March 11. According to the article, the exhibitions will “focus on works seized by the Nazis and on Jewish art collectors and dealers who were persecuted.”

The exhibit in Bonn will feature about 150 pieces, and about 100 will be shown in Bern.  No works that are still being investigated by the task force are being sent to Switzerland.

So far, after two years of research, the German task force has only found the original owners of five pieces from the Gurlitt collection, though they are continuing to search.

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