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German museum presents artworks from collector's trove

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/27/2017
The painting 'Waterloo Bridge (1903) by Claude Monet (1840-1926) is on display during a press talk on the preparations of an exhibition of exemplary works from the Gurlitt found, an art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt discovered in 2012, in November in Bonn, Germany, Tuesday June, 27, 2017. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press The painting 'Waterloo Bridge (1903) by Claude Monet (1840-1926) is on display during a press talk on the preparations of an exhibition of exemplary works from the Gurlitt found, an art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt discovered in 2012, in November in Bonn, Germany, Tuesday June, 27, 2017. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — A small number of artworks from a reclusive German collector's trove have been presented in Bonn in preparation for a wider exhibition.

The sculpture 'Kauernde' (lit. 'Cowering') by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is on display during a press talk on the preparations of an exhibition of exemplary works from the Gurlitt found, an art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt discovered in 2012, in November in Bonn, Germany, Tuesday June, 27, 2017. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press The sculpture 'Kauernde' (lit. 'Cowering') by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is on display during a press talk on the preparations of an exhibition of exemplary works from the Gurlitt found, an art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt discovered in 2012, in November in Bonn, Germany, Tuesday June, 27, 2017. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)

News agency dpa reported that the German city's Bundeskunsthalle on Tuesday previewed works by Monet, Maillol, Boucher and Duerer and a marble statue by Rodin.

An employee works on a frame during a press talk on the preparations of an exhibition of exemplary works from the Gurlitt found, an art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt discovered in 2012, in November in Bonn, Germany, Tuesday June, 27, 2017. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press An employee works on a frame during a press talk on the preparations of an exhibition of exemplary works from the Gurlitt found, an art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt discovered in 2012, in November in Bonn, Germany, Tuesday June, 27, 2017. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)

Switzerland's Kunstmuseum Bern plans to show several other pieces from the Cornelius Gurlitt collection Friday, and the two museums will open simultaneous exhibitions of hundreds of works in November.

An employee covers the artwork 'Maennlicher Akt' (lit. 'Male Nude') by Francois Boucher (1703-1770) during a press talk on the preparations of an exhibition of exemplary works from the Gurlitt found, an art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt discovered in 2012, in Bonn, Germany, Tuesday June, 27, 2017. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press An employee covers the artwork 'Maennlicher Akt' (lit. 'Male Nude') by Francois Boucher (1703-1770) during a press talk on the preparations of an exhibition of exemplary works from the Gurlitt found, an art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt discovered in 2012, in Bonn, Germany, Tuesday June, 27, 2017. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)

Gurlitt died in May 2014 and designated the Swiss museum heir to his approximately 1,500-piece collection.

Experts have identified dozens of works in Gurlitt's collection that were likely looted by the Nazis, though they also ruled out several hundred more. So far, four works have been handed over to rightful owners.

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