Swiss museum will accept Gurlitt art trove

BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss museum says it will accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt.

Kunstmuseum Bern’s president Christoph Schaeublin told reporters in Berlin on Monday the museum would accept the collection, but would work to ensure that any art looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis is returned.

Bavarian authorities in 2012 seized 1,280 items from Gurlitt’s apartment in Munich while investigating a tax case. Gurlitt later reached a deal with the German government to check whether any of the works were looted. Authorities say that deal is binding on any heirs.

One of Gurlitt’s cousins has also filed claim, which a Munich court said Monday would have to be sorted out before the collection goes anywhere.

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A Swiss museum is preparing to announce whether it has decided to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt.

Bavarian authorities in 2012 seized 1,280 items from Gurlitt’s apartment in Munich while investigating a tax case. Gurlitt later reached a deal with the German government to check whether any of the works were looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis. Authorities say that deal is binding on any heirs.

Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern was to announce later Monday in Berlin whether it would accept the collection, which Gurlitt bequeathed to it when he died in May.

The museum was widely expected to accept the collection, but one of Gurlitt’s cousins has also laid claim, making it uncertain if it could immediately take possession.