France 3, Thursday, October 18, at 0: 40, the documentary The stage opening is paradoxical : in a space christian cemetery of Düsseldorf, may 19, 2014, rare are those who attend to the burial of Cornelius Gurlitt. A cousin, lawyers and other men of law. However, if the old man, who disappeared at the age of 80, was attending person, cloistered for years in an apartment, he had been suddenly placed in full light by the magazine Focus, which had revealed the search made at his home in February 2012. Following a banal control of the swiss customs, a tax investigation led to the uncovering of a treasure : the art collection amassed by his father during the Third Reich. Nearly 1,500 pieces some signed Courbet, Picasso, Matisse, and also Klee, Munch, Ten…

Reading focus :   Cornelius Gurlitt, the man of the ” treasury nazi “, is death

The disappearance of the son of the curator, gallery owner and art dealer supported the project of the aryanisation of the art, put an end to the part of legal investigations on the constitution of the treasury, of war, but the question of the spoliation of the jews of their property and the restitution of the stolen paintings remained to be answered.

ideal Museum Hitler

A priori threatened by the rise of the nazis – not only is it a passion for modern art held to be ” degenerate “, but he was a great jewish mother, what is this “métis jewish second-class” to lose the leadership of the Kunstverein in Hamburg 1933 –, Hildebrand Gurlitt chose to collaborate with the new masters by ensuring in 1938, together with three other galleries, the sale of the works confiscated to fund the war effort of the Reich.

using the case of Gurlitt, Stéphane, Bentura dismantles the logic at work in Germany, and then extended to all territories subject : the role of Drouot in Paris, where attendance does not fail, under the Occupation, the levies, in museums as in private collections, of works intended for the ideal museum that Hitler’s plans for Linz, or for the benefit of the gallery owners to his service. We measure the passage the ease with which Gurlitt wrong with the Monuments Men which challenge in June 1945 in Bavaria and the aplomb with which he demands – and gets – the restitution of the paintings he has stolen at the end of two years of house arrest. Chilling.

Read the story :   The estate of Gurlitt, a jumble of works, that remains to cope

Merchants of Hitler, Stéphane Bentura (Fr., 2014, 60 min).

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