Museums Plan First Public Exhibitions of Gurlitt's Hidden Art Trove in November

Max Liebermann from the Gurlitt hoard.
Max Liebermann from the Gurlitt hoard.
  • Wilhelm Lachnit’s Girl at table from the Gurlitt art trove.

    Wilhelm Lachnit’s Girl at table from the Gurlitt art trove.

Dates have been announced for exhibitions showcasing some of the 1,500 artworks discovered hidden in the apartment of the late Cornelius Gurlitt in Munich and in another residence. 

The Museum of Fine Arts in the Swiss capital, Bern, and the Art and Exhibition Hall in the German city of Bonn will hold concurrent exhibitions from November 2017 to March 2018.

Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi-era art dealer, stashed away his vast trove of art for decades until it was exposed in 2013 following a tax inquiry. He ultimately gave his entire collection to Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland. A German government-backed foundation has been investigating the provenance of many of the artworks ever since. Several works have been returned to the heirs of Jewish art owners.

The Kunstmuseum Bern made this announcement Wednesday via Instagram:

The Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn [Germany] and the Kunstmuseum Bern are currently collaborating in the organization of a simultaneous double exhibition. Under the title of "Dossier Gurlitt" (Bestandsaufnahme Gurlitt), the simultaneous exhibitions [at] both museums will be presenting to the general public Cornelius Gurlitt’s extensive collection of art, each examining the collection through a different thematic lens. Both shows will be embedded in a historical overall context based on the latest findings in research on “Gurlitt’s art trove” and seek to contribute further evidence for clarifying the provenances the works in those cases where this has not yet been done.

Kunstmuseum Bern:
Dossier Gurlitt. “Degenerated Art” – confiscated and sold
November 2, 2017, to March 4, 2018

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn:
Dossier Gurlitt. Nazi Art Theft and its Consequences
November 3, 2017, to March 11, 2018

The content of the exhibitions at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn and at the Kunstmuseum Bern is closely coordinated. In Bern the focus of the presentation lies in art that was considered "degenerate" and on works from the Gurlitt family circle. The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany is concentrating on works of art that were withdrawn owing to Nazi persecution and on those for which the provenance has not yet been clarified. At the same time, the exhibition in Bonn addresses the fates of the persecuted artists, art collectors, and art dealers, juxtaposing their histories with the biographies of the Nazi perpetrators. Additionally the show hones in on the unprecedented theft of art of the Nazis in the occupied territories.

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