The president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, accuse German museums of lack of transparency about artworks looted from Jews by the Nazis. The discovery of the Gurlitt art trove should prompt a thorugh policy rethink, Lauder said.
A sixth Nazi-looted artwork that ended up in the "Gurlitt" trove in Munich has been identified. The clue was a tiny repaired hole spotted in the canvas of the French painter Thomas Couture.
Five years after the spectacular discovery of Nazi-looted art known as the "Schwabinger Kunstfund," parts of the collection will be on display in Bonn's Bundeskunsthalle in the fall. A preview.
While the Bern exhibition focuses on "degenerate art," the Bonn show includes mainly Nazi-looted artworks or those of questionable provenance. The works from Cornelius Gurlitt's estate have caused ownership constroversy.
Descendants of Jewish art dealers have been calling for years for the return of the Guelph Treasure, ecclesiastic art worth over $250 million. After a US court accepted their lawsuit, Germany is now appealing.
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