Return of artworks by Bavarian government and museums to high-ranking Nazi families:

29 June 2016: Commission for Looted Art in Europe issues its response to the Bavarian State Paintings Collections statement on return-sales to high-ranking Nazi families;

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In response to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung article 'Munich's Looted Art Bazaar' of 25 June and the Commission for Looted Art's Press Release of 27 June, the Bavarian State Paintings Collections (Bayerische Staatsgemaeldsammlungen, BSGS) issued a statement on 28 June attempting to refute the facts set out in both documents.The Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE) has today issued a full response showing that the BSGS statement is both inaccurate and misleading. The BSGS statement, which makes no mention of the victims of Nazi looting, and refers to provenance research as "tedious", further confirms the concerns expressed by families and the press across the world over the last few days, and underlines the need for root and branch reform in the way research and restitution are carried out in Germany, so that justice becomes fully available. CLAE's response is available here in both English and German. The BSGS statement is available also in English and German.

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