Apr 28, 2015
By Michael Kramer
A cousin of the late German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is appealing a court rejection of her challenge to Gurlitt’s will – in which he left his vast art trove to a Swiss museum.
The Munich court handling Gurlitt’s inheritance says a judge will decide whether to revise last month’s decision – considering Uta Werner’s appeal – or refer the case to a higher court.
The court also says restitution efforts for Nazi-looted art are not affected by the proceedings.
Gurlitt died a year ago – months after German authorities said they had seized more than 1,000 works of art at his Munich apartment.
His will designated Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern as his heir – and before his death Gurlitt reached a deal with the German government, binding on any heirs, to investigate whether some works in the collection were looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis.