#AceWorldNews- SWITZERLAND – Nov.24 – A Swiss museum has said it will accept a trove of more than 1,000 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era, bequeathed by a German collector, AFP said.
The decision by the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern determines the fate of priceless paintings and sketches by Picasso, Monet, Chagall and other masters.
The artworks were discovered by chance in 2012 in the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt who died last May, aged 81.
He was the son of an art dealer tasked by Hitler to help plunder great works from museums and Jewish collectors.
‘Avalanche of lawsuits’
Although Gurlitt was never charged with a crime, German authorities confiscated all of the Munich pieces and stored them in a secret location.
Gurlitt struck an accord with the German government shortly before his death to help track down the paintings’ rightful owners, but his anger over his treatment reportedly led him to stipulate in his will that the collection should go not to a German museum, but to the Swiss institution, which will now have to sort through the claims.
Earlier this month, Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress, told Der Spiegel that the inheritance “would open a Pandora’s Box and cause an avalanche of lawsuits”.
One of Gurlitt’s cousins, 86-year-old Uta Werner, said on Friday she was contesting Gurlitt’s fitness of mind when he named the Bern museum as his sole heir.