Sunday, June 15, 2014
As I have previously discussed, recently before the death of Cornelius Gurlitt a secret treasure trove of Nazi looted artwork was revealed. Gurlitt had agreed to return the paintings, but they were still in his possession and he named the Kunstmuseum Bern, a museum in Switzerland, as the heir to his art collection. The legal complications between the government and the museum over who is the rightful owner of the art continue. A government taskforce in Germany has been appointed to go through Gurlitt’s huge art collection to determine which pieces were acquired as the result of Nazi looting, and has less than a year to complete this high profile project.
See Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Last Wishes, First Impression: Potential legal issues arise after Munich recluse passes away, bequeathing Nazi-looted art to a Swiss museum, JD Supra, June 12, 2014.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.