First-Ever Exhibitions of Gurlitt Art Trove Planned For This Fall

Franz Marc's Pferde in Landschaft, one of the artworks discovered in the Gurlitt collection (probably 1911, gouache on coloured paper).
Franz Marc's Pferde in Landschaft, one of the artworks discovered in the Gurlitt collection (probably 1911, gouache on coloured paper).
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  • Max Liebermann's Riders on the Beach in the Gurlitt collection and subject to a claim by the descendants of the original Jewish owner.

    Max Liebermann's Riders on the Beach in the Gurlitt collection and subject to a claim by the descendants of the original Jewish owner.

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Bonn's Bundeskunsthalle and the Museum of Fine Arts Bern will finally exhibit works from the infamous stash of artworks known as the Gurlitt hoard more than five years after its astonishing discovery.

Parts of the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, were orginally to be shown in public last fall, but museum exhibitions have been pushed to fall 2017 after delays from legal wrangles and provenance research.

Some 1,500 artworks were discovered hidden in the Munich apartment of the late Cornelius Gurlitt in 2012. Provenance research has resulted in some works being returned to Jewish heirs of the original owners, while the ownership of hundreds of other works, found in Gurlitt's Munich home and also in Salzburg, have yet to be determined.

The Museum of Fine Arts Bern in Switzerland debuts its exhibition on November 1, 2017, followed shortly after by the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn with a companion show.

The Swiss museum will focus on "degenerate art" while the German exhibit displays Nazi-looted art. Organizers noted to DW that some 200 works should be deemed "suspicious" in origin as research has not yet uncovered whether pieces were Nazi loot, taken by war refugees or otherwise acquired.

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