Gurlitt fights back

February 17 2014

Image of Gurlitt fights back

Picture: Paris Match

Cornelius Gurlitt, the owner of the 'Munich Art Hoarde' of allegedly Nazi-looted paintings, has launched his own website, in defence of his collection. Basically, he says he has always acted it good faith, and that therefore it's all his:

Cornelius Gurlitt was at all times convinced that he had inherited a collection from his father that predominantly consisted of so-called degenerate art from former German Reich property in public collections and museums. Cornelius Gurlitt was not aware that his collection also includes a few works that today can be qualified as looted art. Until the claims for return were asserted, Cornelius Gurlitt was in good faith. He was in good faith when he inherited the collection from his mother and remained in good faith when he originally acquired ownership of the works by way of acquisitive prescription. In this context, it should be taken into consideration that Hildebrand Gurlitt had first left his collection to his wife Helene. In 1968, Cornelius Gurlitt and his sister Benita inherited the collection. In accordance with German law, Cornelius Gurlitt has therefore long been the sole rightful owner of all 1,280 of the works seized.

Update - Nicholas O'Donnell of the Art Law Report is not impressed.


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