Gurlitt Investigation Finishes

May 30 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Investigations into the hoard of art owned by Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, concluded this week. Of the 1,590 works investigated by the German Lost Art Foundation only 14 were recognised as have been looted. The provenance of around 1,000 artworks remains unclear.

As Artnet has reported:

“There is a very large grey area,” the foundation’s director, Gilbert Lupfer, told Swiss Info. But he believes there is nothing more that can be done. “Whatever research was possible, we have exhausted it.”

Provenance research can be a deeply unfruitful experience, which is surprising considering the long lives some artworks have had.

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