Foundation E.G. Bührle

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Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection
Sammlung Bührle.jpg
LocationZürich, Switzerland
TypeArt museum
DirectorLukas Gloor

The Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection (Stiftung Sammlung E. G. Bührle) is an art museum in Zürich, Switzerland. It was established by the Bührle family to make Emil Georg Bührle's collection of European sculptures and paintings available to the public. The museum is in a villa adjoining Bührle's former home.


Although the collection includes a number of Old Masters and Modern art including works by Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso,[1] it comprises mainly French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism paintings by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Alfred Sisley, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh and others.


Art theft[edit]

On 10 February 2008, four paintings worth CHF 180 million ($162.5 million) were stolen from the museum.[2][3] The four paintings were: Cézanne's The Boy in the Red Vest (1894/1895), Degas' Count Lepic and His Daughters (1871), Monet's Poppies near Vétheuil (1879) and Van Gogh's Blossoming Chestnut Branches (1890).

All four paintings were eventually recovered. Monet's Poppies near Vétheuil and Van Gogh's Blossoming Chestnut Branches, was recovered on February 18, 2008 in a car parked in the parking lot of a nearby hospital.[4] Cézanne's "The Boy in the Red Vest" was recovered in Serbia on April 12, 2012. Count Lepic and His Daughters was recovered in April 2012 with slight damage.[5] In 2012, three men were arrested in connection with the theft.[6]

The "Bührle Black Book" controversy[edit]

In a 2015 publication entitled The Bührle Black Book,[7] Thomas Buomberger and Guido Magnaguagno called for an investigation into Nazi era provenance gaps in a number of paintings in the Bührle collection.[8][9][10] The Foundation had been working with provenance researcher Laurie A Stein since 2002 to update the ownership history of the collection and to publish it online.[11]


  1. ^ "Stiftung Sammlung E. G. Bührle | Wir begrüssen Sie auf unserer Website". Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  2. ^ "Four masterpieces stolen from Zurich museum (ref.: 2008/5583)".
  3. ^ Harnischfeger, Uta and Nicholas Kulish (February 12, 2008). "At Zurich Museum, a Theft of 4 Masterworks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  4. ^ "Four Paintings Were Stolen". Outpost Art. Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  5. ^, S. W. I.; Corporation, a branch of the Swiss Broadcasting. "Stolen Degas recovered damaged". SWI Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  6. ^ "BBC News - Stolen Cezanne found by Serbian police". 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  7. ^ Thomas Buomberger, Guido Magnaguagno (eds): Schwarzbuch Bührle: Raubkunst für das Kunsthaus Zürich? Rotpunkt, Zürich 2015, ISBN 978-3-85869-664-9
  8. ^ Carvajal, Doreen (2016-03-03). "Plan for Nazi-Era Arms Dealer's Collection Sets Off Backlash at Zurich Museum". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  9. ^ Villarreal, Ignacio. "New book raises questions about weapons dealer E.G. Buehrle's Nazi-era art". Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  10. ^, Ariane Gigon. "A new look at Bührle art collection's shadowy past". SWI Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  11. ^ Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection. "The Foundation's Provenance Research". Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection. Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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