Dossier Gurlitt “Degenerated Art” – confiscated and sold

02.11.2017 - 04.03.2018

The simultaneous exhibitions of the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and the Kunstmuseum Bern will be presenting to the general public Cornelius Gurlitt’s extensive collection of art, each examining the collection through a different thematic lens.

The Kunstmuseum Bern and the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn are simultaneously presenting samplings of artworks from the Cornelius Gurlitt legacy. The museums are concentrating on different aspects of the collection. The presentations have been embedded in an overall historical context and are based on the latest findings in research on the Gurlitt art trove. This will be the first time ever that the public in general has the chance of viewing this comprehensive collection.

The content and objectives of both exhibitions have been carefully coordinated. Bern is focusing on the works of “degenerate art” confiscated by the Nazis from German museums during the Third Reich. The Bundeskunsthalle zeroes in on works that the Nazis seized in pursuing their politics of persecution as well as those pieces whose provenance could not yet be clarified. The exhibition in Bonn will be on show at the Kunstmuseum Bern in the spring of 2018.

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