19 April 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Citing public health crisis, French court dismisses appeal to lift lockdown on galleries: In March, the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art, a trade association that comprises 310 French art dealers, sued the French government for permission to reopen during the third lockdown, which began on April 4. In a statement following the filing, the coalition denounced the “general and absolute ban” as impinging of the freedom of expression. They also singled out the fact that auction houses were permitted to stay open.

16.04.2021, Art News: Citing public health crisis, French court dismisses appeal to lift lockdown on galleries

Experts recommend that German city return Nazi-looted Franz Marc painting: Experts have said that the city of Düsseldorf should return a Nazi-looted Franz Marc painting to the heirs of its owner. According to a report by Monopol Magazine, Marc’s 1913 painting Die Füchse (Foxes) is the subject of a restitution case with the city’s cultural committee.

14.04.2021, Art News: Experts recommend that German city return Nazi-looted Franz Marc painting

Call for feedback on EU’s cultural goods importation rules: The art and antiques sector has until April 21 to submit feedback on new rules proposed by the European Union on the import of cultural goods.

14.04.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Call for feedback on EU’s cultural goods importation rules

Italian police discover looted ancient Roman sculpture in Belgian antiques shop: Two Italian policemen were on a casual walk in a ritzy neighborhood of Brussels when they accidentally stumbled upon a surprising find: a looted ancient Roman sculpture, posed innocently among the offerings at an antiques shop.

14.04.2021, Art News: Italian police discover looted ancient Roman sculpture in Belgian antiques shop

15.04.2021, CNN Style: Off-duty police discover stolen Roman statue in Belgian antiques shop

Art Market Participants: AMLS rebrands as ECS: HMRC has renamed its Anti Money Laundering Supervision team as Economic Crime Supervision (ECS). The services will continue as normal.

12.04.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Art Market Participants: AMLS rebrands as ECS

United States

US returns over 500 smuggled pre-Hispanic-era artefacts to Mexican officials: The investigations arm of the US Department of Homeland Security (HSI) has returned 523 artefacts predating the Spanish conquest to Mexico in a repatriation ceremony at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, Texas, officials say.

16.04.2021, The Art Newspaper: US returns over 500 smuggled pre-Hispanic-era artefacts to Mexican officials

Turkey seeks to recover $14.4 m. Stargazer sculpture in U.S. federal court: The marble figurine, known as the “Guennol Stargazer,” is the subject of a bench trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan to determine ownership. In the meantime, the buyer who was to pay the $14.4 million has backed away from the sale, and the sculpture is being held in the vault at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza salesroom, according to a report in the New York Times.

12.04.2021, Art News: Turkey seeks to recover $14.4 m. Stargazer sculpture in U.S. federal court 

World

Manipulated images of smiling Khmer Rouge victims prompt Cambodia to threaten Vice media with legal action: The Cambodian government has threatened legal action against the UK-based Vice media group after the culture publication ran an article containing manipulated portraits of the people killed at the hands of the Khmer Rouge at Phnom Penh’s Security Prison 21.

15.04.2021, The Art Newspaper: Manipulated images of smiling Khmer Rouge victims prompt Cambodia to threaten Vice media with legal action

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