Museum investigates 116 works of art suspected of Nazi links

Works donated to the museum do not have documents proving their origin

Works donated by the Franco-Swiss-Brazilian may have been stolen by the Nazis. Bern's Kunstmuseum will investigate the provenance.

When Georges Keller began donating paintings by great masters such as Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali to the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland, no one questioned his reputation.

This Franco-Swiss-Brazilian citizen was a respected art dealer who donated 116 works to the museum between the years 1950 and 1981.

However, a few months ago, the director of the Kunstmuseum, in charge of verifying the origin of the works of art, came across a document linking Keller to Etienne Bignou - a Frenchman considered a "scandalous" art dealer who negotiated with the Germans during the occupation of Paris.

It is not the first time that the name of the museum in Bern is associated with works of art that would have been stolen by the Nazis.

The Kuntsmuseum inherited hundreds of works from Cornelius Gurlitt, killed in 2014, whose father, Hilderbrand, was commissioned by the Nazis to sell works of art stolen from Jews or confiscated for "decadence."

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