Jun 03, 2014
By Michael Kramer
A Swiss museum is doing due diligence – in connection with a collection of priceless art it has been willed.
“Kunstmuseum Bern” has been designated as the sole heir of German collector Cornelius Gurlitt’s art treasures.
He died last month, two years after German authorities seized more than 1,000 artworks from his Munich apartment.
Some of the items – including works by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall may have been looted from Jewish owners under Nazi rule.
The Swiss museum says it plans to carefully examine the collection first – before deciding whether to accept the trove of rare art.
It says it hasn’t yet been able to inspect the works – and hasn’t received an inventory.