2 July 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Greek police recover Picasso and Mondrian paintings stolen nine years ago in major heist: Two paintings by Picasso and Mondrian that were were stolen nine years ago in one of Greece’s biggest art heists have been recovered, Athens police said.

29.07.2021, The Art Newspaper: Greek police recover Picasso and Mondrian paintings stolen nine years ago in major heist

29.06.2021, The Guardian: Picasso and Mondrian paintings found as builder arrested over Athens gallery theft

29.06.2021, The Washington Post: Nine years after Greek art heist, stolen Picasso is found in a gorge

29.06.2021, BBC NewsPicasso painting found as builder arrested over art heist

Spain finalises agreement to pay to keep Baroness Thyssen’s collection in Madrid: The Ministry of Culture in Spain has officially finalised an agreement to loan the collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza for an annual fee of 6.5 million euros ($7.8 million), El País reports. Though steps had been made toward the agreement in February, it wasn’t until this week that the 15-year deal was made official.

29.06.2021, Art News: Spain finalises agreement to pay to keep Baroness Thyssen’s collection in Madrid

28.06.2021, El País: Cultura y Carmen Thyssen acuerdan una tercera prórroga para la firma del alquiler de la colección

Fragonard painting ‘forgotten’ by its owners sells for $9 million: A “forgotten” painting kept in the same family for generations has sold for 7.68 million euros ($9.1 million) at auction after experts discovered it was the work of French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

29.06.2021, CNN Style: Fragonard painting ‘forgotten’ by its owners sells for $9 million

28.06.2021, The Art Newspaper: Forgotten Fragonard painting, deemed ‘worthless’ by its owners, fetches £6.6m at auction

28.06.2021, Le Journal des Arts: Un tableau disparu de Fragonard s’envole à 7,68 millions d’euros aux enchères

In a major policy change, the Dutch government will give Nazi-looted art to Jewish institutions if heirs cannot be found: The government of the Netherlands has doubled down on its plans to return Nazi-Looted art, announcing an overhaul to its restitution policy and an investigation into the country’s national collections. Particularly significant is the Dutch Government’s new approach to “heirless art.”

29.06.2021, Artnet: In a major policy change, the Dutch government will give Nazi-looted art to Jewish institutions if heirs cannot be found

28.06.2021, Art News: Dutch government to lead major investigation into Nazi-looted art: ‘An important step forward’

Italy seeks to open its art market with export threshold changes: The changes were made last year but now the art market has begun to test the new system with more Italian auction houses offering art online. Until last year, Italian law would only permit the export of works of living artists or those who died less than 50 years ago. Older pictures, regardless of value, required an export licence.

28.06.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Italy seeks to open its art market with export threshold changes

Greek police arrest two trying to sell rare Roman-era statue: Greek police said they have arrested two 56-year-old men for trying to sell a rare Roman-era statue of the Greek goddess Hecate for 40,000 euros (about $48,000).

27.06.2021, AP News: Greek police arrest two trying to sell rare Roman-era statue

United State

Peering under Vermeers without peeling off the paint: High-tech scanning techniques used by geologists, planetary scientists, drug companies and the military are revealing secrets of how artists created their masterpieces.

28.06.2021, The New York TimesPeering under Vermeers without peeling off the paint

Art stolen from a Grosse Pointe collector recovered by FBI and returned 5 years later: Artwork valued at more than $100,000 and stolen from a Grosse Pointe collector who had devoted decades of her life as an auxiliary board member at the Detroit Institute of Arts has been returned to her estate.

25.06.2021, Detroit Free PressArt stolen from a Grosse Pointe collector recovered by FBI and returned 5 years later

World

Egypt retrieves 114 smuggled antiquities from France: Egyptian officials have retrieved 114 looted antiquities smuggled to France following joint investigations by the Egyptian Public Prosecution office and French judicial authorities.

24.06.2021, Arab News: Egypt retrieves 114 smuggled antiquities from France

28.06.2021, Egypt Independent: Three arrested over smuggling Egyptian antiquities to France

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