Swiss Museum to Decide Next Month on Art Trove

ABC News 8 October 2014

A Swiss museum expects to decide late next month whether to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden artworks bequeathed by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt.

Gurlitt, who died in May, designated the Kunstmuseum Bern as the sole heir to his collection. Museum spokeswoman Ruth Gilgen said Wednesday a decision on whether to accept the bequest is expected at a Nov. 26 meeting of its board of trustees.

The museum had six months to decide, starting from the formal opening of Gurlitt's will.

German authorities in 2012 seized 1,280 pieces from Gurlitt's apartment while investigating a tax case, including works by Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall.

Shortly before he died, Gurlitt reached a deal with the German government to check whether hundreds of works were looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis.
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