1 June 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

UK places export ban on ‘stunning’ £17m Italian bronze roundel: The UK has placed a temporary export ban on a late 15th-century bronze roundel made in the Lombardy city of Mantua and valued at £17m. The Renaissance roundel, which depicts Venus, the Roman goddess of love, surrounded by her lover Mars, husband Vulcan and son Cupid, is at risk of being sold overseas unless a UK buyer can be found.

29.05.2021, The Guardian: UK places export ban on ‘stunning’ £17m Italian bronze roundel

Artists will not be subject to anti-money laundering regulations, UK Treasury says: Artists will not be subject to the UK’s new anti-money laundering regulations when they come into full force on 10 June, the UK Treasury has confirmed.

26.05.2021, The Art Newspaper: Artists will not be subject to anti-money laundering regulations, UK Treasury says

Street artist sues Vatican over use of work in stamps: A street artist in Rome is suing the Vatican over the use of her work in a 2020 Easter postage stamp issued by the country. According to a report by the Associated Press, the artist Alessia Babrow is seeking €130,000 ($159,285) in damages from Vatican City’s state telecommunications office, alleging that it profited from her work and violated its original intent.

25.05.2021, Art News: Street artist sues Vatican over use of work in stamps

Germany launches African museum exchange programme to discuss returning looted objects: A new German government initiative is bringing together German and African museum professionals in an exchange on topics including decolonisation and restituting looted objects with the goal of fostering more international co-operation.

25.05.2021, The Art Newspaper: Germany launches African museum exchange programme to discuss returning looted objects

UK to repeal import prohibition derived from EU law: The UK government last week began the process to repeal a prohibition on the import of cultural goods unlawfully removed from their country of origin. Seeing as this repeal could potentially damage the reputation of the UK’s art market, one expert body is urging the UK to take additional measures to minimise any risks associated with the repeal. The UK Committee of the Blue Shield (UKBS), the UK chapter of the international organisation tasked with ensuring the protection of cultural heritage during armed conflict, has issued a press release asking that the UK take action by properly enforcing its pre-existing laws at the border and by addressing complications arising in the case of Northern Ireland. It is feared that Northern Ireland could become an unintended gateway through which cultural goods are spirited into the EU.

25.05.2021, The Institute of Art and Law: UK to repeal import prohibition derived from EU law

26.05.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette:Revoke of EU cultural goods regulation could leave Northern Ireland exposed

Complying with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations: The June 10 deadline for Art Market Participants (AMPs) to register with HMRC for money laundering supervision is fast approaching. Alan Patrick, HMRC’s strategy lead for AMPs, details his top five tips for complying with the Money Laundering Regulations

24.05.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Complying with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations

Family’s lions roar once more: A pair of 3ft 7in high (1.12m) Victorian iron pier finials cast as rampant lions have returned home after two decades missing from a family home. 24.05.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Family’s lions roar once more

19.05.2021, The Art Loss Register: The Return of the King(s): Lions come home to Cornwall

United States

US hands over two stolen ancient lintels to Thailand after retrieving them from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: The US government announced that it had turned over two stolen ancient sandstone lintels from northeastern Thailand dating from the ninth and tenth centuries to that country after retrieving them from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The objects had been on display at the museum since it opened in 1996.

28.05.2021, The Art NewspaperUS hands over two stolen ancient lintels to Thailand after retrieving them from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

World

Expansive thinking sustains Hong Kong’s independent galleries: During the pandemic, Para Site, one of Hong Kong’s oldest independent galleries, formed a coalition with 16 other nonprofit art groups — big and small, established and just starting out, many artist-run — under the name Hong Kong Collective Independent Art Spaces. In exchange for individual donations of 400 Hong Kong dollars (about $52), it offered posters that artists had made as part of 2020Solidarity, a global initiative, and divided the proceeds equally among its members.

21.05.2021, The New York TimesExpansive thinking sustains Hong Kong’s independent galleries

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