Swiss museum to vet art left by German collector Gurlitt before accepting it
A guard walks between the painting 'The northern part of the Gardasee' (1839) of Louis Gurlitt, left, and the painting 'A Valley near Sorrento' (1874) also of Louis Gurlitt, right, during a press preview at the exhibition 'Everything strives towards landscape... Landscape paintings of the 19th century in the collection' at the Museum of the Fine Arts (Museum der bildenden Kuenste) in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP / Jens Meyer)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, June 3, 2014 12:50PM EDT
BERLIN -- The Swiss museum designated as the sole heir of German collector Cornelius Gurlitt's trove of priceless art says it plans to vet the collection first before deciding whether to accept it.
Gurlitt 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 Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall -- may have been looted from Jewish owners under Nazi rule.
The Kunstmuseum Bern said in a statement Tuesday it hasn't yet been able to inspect the works or received an inventory.
The museum says it has six months, starting once the will is opened, to decide whether to accept the inheritance. The Munich court handling the will didn't immediately respond to calls seeking comment.