Category Archives: Germany

World Heritage at Risk: Bonn Meeting

Posted on: July 4, 2015 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

The World Heritage Committee is currently meeting in Bonn (28 June to 8 July) to consider nominations for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. In addition, UNESCO’s director general, Irina Bokova has confirmed that UNESCO is entering into a contract for satellite monitoring of sites at risk of looting and destruction. At the opening of […]

Gurlitt’s Cousin Appeals Judgment of Probate Court

Posted on: April 30, 2015 by Nina M. Neuhaus

Uta Werner, the cousin of late Cornelius Gurlitt, has decided to appeal against the judgment of the Probate Court in Munich (Amtsgericht München). In its judgment, the Probate Court as Court of First Instance has granted the Museum of Fine Arts Bern’s application for a certificate of inheritance and, at the same time, rejected a […]

US action for restitution of Guelph Treasure

Posted on: February 27, 2015 by Alexander Herman

A complaint was filed this week in a US court which seeks the return of the Guelph Treasure, a famous collection of German medieval items, currently held by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. The complaint is being brought by descendants of the one-time Jewish owners of the treasure, who had to part with it in 1935. The collection had […]

Gurlitt update: much research, no restitutions.

Posted on: February 24, 2015 by Alexander Herman

In a press release last week, the Kunstmuseum Bern explained that, due to the legal challenge to Cornelius Gurlitt’s will by his cousin Uta Werner (discussed by Nina Neuhaus here), there have as yet been no restitutions of artworks from the 2012 Munich art trove, neither by the museum, nor by any other body. Of course, news […]

Entire list of Gurlitt collection published

Posted on: December 3, 2014 by Alexander Herman

For the first time since its discovery in February of 2012 – or indeed for the first time ever – the collection of approximately 1600 works of art belonging to Cornelius Gurlitt has been made public. This has been done by the Museum of Fine Art Bern (or Kunstmuseum) in two separate parts: those found in his […]

Gurlitt cousin applies for certificate of inheritance

Posted on: November 27, 2014 by Nina M. Neuhaus

The news coverage of the Causa Gurlitt has almost exclusively focused on the Museum of Fine Arts Bern’s decision to accept the bequest. A statement issued by the Probate Court in Munich (Nachlassgericht München) on the same date has drawn little attention. The Probate Court announced that on 21st November 2014, at 7.16 pm, Cornelius […]

The Bern-Germany-Bavaria Agreement on Gurlitt works

Posted on: November 25, 2014 by Alexander Herman

As reported yesterday, an agreement has been reached between the Bern Museum of Fine Arts (or Kunstmuseum), the German Republic and the Bavarian State on how to deal with the works of art bequeathed by Cornelius Gurlitt in his will to the Museum. A summary of the agreement is now available in English. In general […]

Bern Museum Accepts Gurlitt Bequest

Posted on: November 24, 2014 by Nina M. Neuhaus

Alea iacta est…  The decision in the Causa Gurlitt was highly anticipated. On Saturday, the board of trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern (‘Museum’) decided to accept the bequest of the late Cornelius Gurlitt. This morning, the decision was publicly announced in a joint press meeting by the German government, the State of […]

New psychiatric report casts doubt upon Gurlitt will

Posted on: November 20, 2014 by Nina M. Neuhaus

On 26th November, the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern will decide whether to accept the bequest of Cornelius Gurlitt. Unexpectedly, one of Gurlitt’s two cousins, Uta Werner, has threatened to challenge the  will. Her claim is based on a psychiatric report, which she had commissioned from Dr Helmut Hausner, chief physician at […]

The Swiss foundation that “inherited” Nazi loot

Posted on: October 21, 2014 by Alexander Herman

A recent dispute has arisen over the sale of artworks, pitting the relatives of two Jewish victims of the Nazis against a Swiss foundation that has been laying claim to assets once owned by the couple. The convoluted saga has been recounted by the New York Times. It involves the extensive art collection of Berlin metals broker Norbert Levy, a collection which […]