The vast collection, which includes pieces by Max Beckmann, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, was originally amassed by a German dealer in Nazi-looted art.
The remaining work was returned by the estate of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of an art dealer who built a private collection in the process of helping the Nazis sell stolen art.
Gurlitt: Status Report, An Art Dealer in Nazi Germany makes a long-hidden art collection with a dark provenance accessible to the public.
Documenta 14 director Adam Szymczyk wants to show the collection of late art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt as part of the quinquennial exhibition’s next edition in 2017.
Art theft is the third-highest grossing criminal trade in the world, preceded only by drugs and weapons. This claim comes from a smart, extensive Newsweek article covering a three-day conference held at New York University Law School last month called “Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art.”
Just a month after reaching an agreement with the German government, Cornelius Gurlitt, the octogenarian who was hoarding one of the biggest caches of Nazi-era art discovered since World War II, has died.
The German government and the octogenarian who last fall was discovered to be hiding a trove of nearly 1,500 Nazi-era artworks have reached an agreement about the future of the collection.
Among the 1,406 artworks discovered throughout the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt are 39 pieces by French painter and printmaker Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The works are all drawings and prints.
In an about-face, the German government announced Monday a new, accelerated policy for the 1,406 paintings discovered in a 2011 raid on Cornelius Gurlitt’s Munich apartment, promising a task force and a speedy release of information about the cache.
First reported in the German media, news broke yesterday of an estimated €1bn ($1.35bn) of Nazi-seized art uncovered during a raid on an octogenarian’s Munich apartment in 2011. A total of 1,500 works — paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Max Beckmann, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka — are reported to have been stashed in a dark room, sharing space on homemade shelves with “juice cartons and tins of food.”