Winfried Bausback, Bavaria’s justice minister, is considering changing the German state’s law to make it easier for the federal government to claim a collection of art allegedly seized by the Nazis and hoarded for decades in a Munich apartment block.
He asked the Justice Department to evaluate whether a 30-year statute of limitations can be revoked if an artwork’s owner acquired or inherited the piece in bad faith, Bausback told a committee of lawmakers in the state parliament in Munich today. Bausback also wants the law change to be retroactive.
The Schwabing art find brought to light an issue that was not tackled and certainly not resolved after the war,” Bausback said, referring to the borough of Munich in which the apartment is located. “The other possibility is to reach an agreement with Mr Gurlitt. I hope that he is open to discussions.”