This site contains two fully searchable databases.
The Information Database contains information and documentation from forty nine countries, including laws and policies, reports and publications, archival records and resources, current cases and relevant websites.
The Object Database contains details of over 25,000 objects of all kinds – paintings, drawings, antiquities, Judaica, etc – looted, missing and/or identified from over fifteen countries.
For a list of Essential Website Links, showing all key research sites and resources,click here.
For details of international resources, see below, Online Resources and Case News.
For the full range of developments on the Gurlitt case since the news broke on 3 November, excluding what is on the homepage, click here. For all news stories, see the News Archive. For all other materials, including ALIU reports, etc, search 'Gurlitt'.
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Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point Property Cards 1945-1952
The Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point (CCP) produced property cards to document the movement and disposition of looted objects from the Nazi era. The records include transfers, releases, and restitution records. These are further divided by artwork classification and property card number. The cards describe the books, works or art, and other objects, and name the presumed owners of the items.The Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point held mostly German-owned material and objects subject to restitution. The records relate to the activities of the collecting point during its time of operation, 1945-52 and are part of the Ardelia Hall Collection .
The Wiesbaden CCP cards are on Fold3 and are freely searchable. Click here to search.
Germany's new 'Independent Research Centre'
25 February 2014: The German government has announced details of its heralded new independent research centre. It will comprise the four existing bodies: the Koordinierungsstelle Magdeburg (with its Lost Art database and Secretariat for the Advisory Commission), the Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung (Bureau for Provenance Research), the Gurlitt Task Force, and the "Entartete Kunst" Centre at the Free University of Berlin. Its stated purpose will be to "support public bodies in the search for Nazi-looted art in their collections", also private collectors who "follow the Washington Principles". It will equally research German cultural property in the former Soviet Occupation Zone (SBZ) and the German Democratic Republic
. With the name 'Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste' (German Centre for Cultural Property), it is to be established as a civil law foundation later this year, based in Magdeburg. Rowing back from previous official statements, Culture Minister Gruetters said: "Although the museums have made considerable efforts in the search for Nazi-looted art since the turn of the millennium.., we are clear that we are not yet at the end of our efforts." To read the announcement, click here
17 February 2014: Cornelius Gurlitt's Lawyers Set Up Website www.gurlitt.info
The website,'The Gurlitt Collection: Facts - Arguments'
, in both German and English, contains four sections: The Gurlitt Collection, which comprises a Chronology, Structure of the Collection, Legal Background by Dr Hannes Hartung, Questions and Answers and Media Comment; the second is a Media Section; the third is a Claim Sheet; and the fourth a Links section.
For full details, click here
Table of Gurlitt Works of Art Posted on www.lootedart.com
7 March 2014: 458 works of art have been posted on lostart.de to date, the last posting being on 15 January. Despite the commitment to publish more, no statement has been issued by the Task Force to explain why publication has ceased for the last 11 weeks.
Of the 458 works published, 407 are works on paper from artists including Cézanne, Corot, Daumier, Delacroix, Dürer, Gauguin, Guardi, Harunobu, Hokusai, Ingres, Liebermann, Michel, Millet, Munch, Rembrandt and Toulouse-Lautrec. 51 are oil paintings, by artists such as Achenbach, Courbet, Dix, Forain, Heem, Hildebrandt, Huysum, Liebermann, Marstrand, Matisse, Monticelli, Nickelen, Prudhon, Rayski, Renoir, Rousseau, Spranger, Treu, van de Velde, Vernet and Ziem.
The listings are not clearly ordered or easily searchable, and the information in English is generally only an abbreviated version of that provided in German. In order to assist families searching for their lost works of art, we have created a table of all the works posted in alphabetical order by artist, with all provenance information available, and a link to the image. The table is entirely searchable - see sample below.
Please click here
to see the entire list of works published to date. The table is updated with each new posting on lostart.Sample of Table:
Title and medium
Entry on Lostart.de click here
|Gesellschaft am Strand
(Company on the beach)
|Reverse: Exhibited in Werke der frz. Malerei u. Grafik des 19. Jh. catalogue nr. 4, as ‘Gesellschaft am Strand’, at Villa Hügel, Essen 1954 (Museum Folkwang Essen)
Entry on Lostart.de click here
|Reverse: Exhibited in Werke frz. Malerei und Grafik des 19. Jh. catalogue nr. 40, as 'Löwin', at Villa Hügel, Essen 1954 (Museum Folkwang, Essen)
For the full range of developments on the Gurlitt case since the news broke on 3 November, excluding what is on the homepage, but including government press releases, Allied documents 1945-1950, the text of the proposed Lex Gurlitt, etc, click here
. For all news stories, see the News Archive
. For all other materials, including ALIU reports, etc, search 'Gurlitt'.
Post-War Exhibitions of Hildebrand Gurlitt's Art Collection
Hildebrand Gurlitt exhibited works of art from his collection in numerous exhibitions after the war. Among the exhibitions were the following:
Deutsche Kunst – Meisterwerke des 20. Jahrhunderts (German Art - Masterworks of the 20th century), Kunstmuseum Luzern, 4 July - 2 October 1953
: Landesgalerie Hannover, Kunstverein Dusseldorf, Kunstverein Hannover, Kunsthalle Bremen, 1954
Werke der frz. Malerei u. Grafik des 19. Jh., (Works of French Masters and Graphic works of the 19th century),
Villa Hügel, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 1954
German Watercolors, Drawings and Prints 1905-1955, USA Tour, January - December 1955 - Catalogue hereDeutsche Malerei seit Caspar David Friedrich, Ausgewählte Werke
. (German painting from Caspar David Friedrich, Selected Works
) Stadthalle Wolfsburg, 15 April - 17 May 1956 - Catalogue here
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you know of other exhibitions.
Hildebrand Gurlitt and the Art Trade during the Nazi Period
Dr Katja Terlau published this important essay on Hildebrand Gurlitt in 2005 in the AAM publication 'Vitalizing Memory'. It arose from a research project she conducted at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum Cologne into acquisitions made between 1933-1945. 32 major works of art were acquired by the museum through Gurlitt between 1941 and 1945, all from France and almost all from private collections in Paris. Her essay covers his activities in France, his sources of acquisition, his business documents for 1943-4, his purchases for German museums and collectors and his role in the post-war years.
She characterises him as "one of the most important and active art dealers during the Nazi era" and notes that his activities in France at the beginning of the 1940s have yet to be closely examined "perhaps because the magnitude of his dealings for museums and private customers has long been underestimated". She advised that "all works that were procured by him should be treated with the utmost attention, particularly with regard to the conditions of their procurement, and should be researched for evidence of forced sales".
To read the essay, click here
Hildebrand Gurlitt: Allied Interrogation June 1945; List of Artworks in his Collection returned to him by the Allies in 1950 and the Related Documentation
To read these documents, including Gurlitt's sworn statement of 8-10 June 1945, witness statements submitted in 1950 in support of his application to have his art collection returned, and his annotated list of the works of art in his collection, click here
HSI and Manhattan US attorney return Nazi-German looted painting to Poland
6 February 2014: More than seven decades after being stolen by the Nazis, 'Saint Philip Baptizing a Servant of Queen Kandaki' by German painter Johann Conrad Seekatz is back in the hands of its rightful owner, the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland. At a ceremony at the Polish Consulate in New York, U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations
(HSI) and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), returned the painting to Poland’s Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski.
The painting came into the possession of Doyle New York Auctioneers and Appraisers in or about October 2006 and was sold for approximately $24,000 USD to Rafael Valls Gallery in London. On July 12, 2012, after learning the painting was stolen, it was seized by HSI agents from the London gallery by stipulation order with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office SDNY. The painting was returned to New York from London leading to its repatriation to the Republic of Poland.
To read the Polish Consulate General's Press Release in full, click here
German 1941-1942 list of ‘Degenerate Art’ available for download from V&A
31 January 2014: The only known complete list of 'Entartete Kunst' or 'Degenerate Art' confiscated from public institutions by the Nazis in Germany in 1937 and 1938 is now available to download, in full, from the V&A website. This is the first time that this significant document has been made available online in its entirety.
To download volume 1 click here
To downloand volume 2 click here
For full details and background, click here
Hungary Passes Law Enabling Recovery of Looted Works of Art in Its Public Collections
On 11 November 2013 the Hungarian Parliament passed legislative amendments proposed by the Minister of Human Resources, Zoltán Balog. In the future, the burden of proof will be on the state to prove the legality of its ownership of works of art in its public collections. Under the amendments, if the state cannot meet its burden of proof, then it will be obligated to return the works of art in question to whomever can make a “prima facie case” of his/her ownership.The amendments were followed by an Executive Decree enacting the legislation. No list of potentially restitutable works will be published. To read the law in Hungarian, click here
. To read in an English translation, click here
. To read the government press release in English, click her
Online Resources and Case News
Country-specific information is available on this site for 48 countries, from Albania to Yugoslavia, in the Information by Country
section. Details of important, non country-specific, online resources are available in the International
section of the site which contains several categories of information. For example: Case News
: provides details of claims and cases ruled on or settled outside the courts with copies of reports and rulings. Full details of a comprehensive range of cases can be found in the News Archive
, which is fully searchable by name of family, artwork, museum, city, etc.
: provides details of claims and cases ruled on or being settled in court with copies of court filings and judgements.Research Resources
: provides details of family records, tracing services, art historical resources, texts of post-war reports, and books and publications.Web Resources
: provides details of various online databases of looted paintings, results of provenance research in countries around the world, archival records available online and other research materials.
Seeking Owners of Identified Looted Property
: provides lists of names of individuals whose looted property has been identified in institutions in Germany and whose heirs are being sought.
Other categories of information include
Governmental Conferences and Hearings, Laws, Policies and Guidelines, Art Trade, and Press, Television, Radio and Film. To explore all these sections, click here
The site is regularly updated with new resources and developments. To provide details of resources or cases to add to the site, please email email@example.com