Feb 17, 2015 5:34 AM
Gurlitt research, restitution snagged by dispute over will
The Associated Press
BERLIN (AP) A Swiss museum that accepted the bequest of a massive trove of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt says efforts to research the works and process restitution cases are being delayed by a dispute over Gurlitt's will.
The Kunstmuseum Bern accepted the collection in November. Shortly before, Gurlitt's cousin Uta Werner applied for a certificate of inheritance to the Munich court handling Gurlitt's estate.
The museum said Tuesday a court decision "could take some time" and for now it has no right of disposal over the legacy, meaning a research body meant to speed up investigation of the collection can't start work.
Three works already were identified as Nazi-looted art but the museum said the inheritance dispute complicates processing those cases.