Private Collections to Receive Assistance Regarding Nazi-looted Works


The discovery of the notorious trove of 1,200 artworks hidden in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt--a collection passed down from his father who was a Nazi-era art dealer--there has been increasing interest in research into the provenance of potentially Nazi-looted works held in private collections. Whereas the international Washington Principles accord mandates restitution of Nazi-looted artworks held by public institutions, no comparable legal frameworks holds sway over private collections. In the wake of the Gurlitt affair, however, individual collectors are increasingly undertaking their own investigations into the provenance of their works, and a new fund has been established by the German government to assist in such efforts.