The exhibition "Gurlitt. A balance sheet" in the Kunstmuseum Bern - Culture


Kito Nedo

The two opposite walls of the central hall of the Kunstmuseum in Bern extend over two floors. They are papered from floor to ceiling with A4 printouts from the Gurlitt database, which has been online since December 2021. One work per sheet and on the wall opposite its back. Nevertheless, the area is not sufficient to depict the entire collection of Gurlitt. But even so, one gets an idea of ​​the dimension of the task that came to the house in November 2014 with the Gurlitt art. In his will, Cornelius Gurlitt (1932-2014), the son of the curator and Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt (1895-1956), surprisingly bequeathed around 1,600 works of art to the museum in Bern. Among them were celebrated modern artists such as Otto Dix, Franz Marc, Emil Nolde, Paul Cézanne, Wassily Kandinsky and Claude Monet. But for most of the art it is a work on paper. After six months of reflection, the institution accepted the difficult legacy.

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