5 November 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Trial begins for Spanish museum director accused of spending €3.4m on forged works: The trial has begun in Spain of Consuelo Císcar, the former director of the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Ivam), in the southeast of Spain, who is accused of using €3.4m in public funds to buy 98 works of art by the late artist Gerardo Rueda that she knew were forged. Císcar was in charge of the museum from 2004 and 2014.

04.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: Trial begins for Spanish museum director accused of spending €3.4m on forged works

Antiquities think tank pushes UK to impose tougher regulations to fight trade in looted art: A think tank focused on the illicit trade in art and antiquities has published a policy brief advising the UK government to impose tighter measures, following its withdrawal from the EU Import of Cultural Goods Regulations (EU 2019). 

04.11.2021, The Art NewspaperAntiquities think tank pushes UK to impose tougher regulations to fight trade in looted art

Seven ways museums are responding to the climate crisis: Until 12 November, representatives from almost 200 countries are taking part in the United Nations Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland — described  by the US special envoy John Kerry as the “last best hope for the world to get its act together” and curb rising greenhouse gas emissions after decades of promises. To mark the occasion, meet seven museum innovators who are, in various roles, driving climate action forward.

04.11.2021, The Art NewspaperSeven ways museums are responding to the climate crisis

Painting recovered 40 years after its theft in East Germany may be an unknown Rembrandt: A Dutch painting that was stolen in the biggest art heist in communist East Germany and recovered last year may be the work of Rembrandt, according to research and analysis by curators at Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha.

03.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: Painting recovered 40 years after its theft in East Germany may be an unknown Rembrandt

Art Basel’s parent company MCH Group warns of possible data breach after criminal cyber attack: Art Basel’s parent company, the MCH Group, was hit by a criminal cyber attack using malware last month and is working with police and the Swiss cyber security authorities to identify those behind the attack, the fair says in a statement. The extent of the data breach is not yet fully known but current information “suggests that the perpetrators may have gained access to data such as personal contact details” of customers, employees and partners, the company says. It says it has now secured its most important communication channels.

01.11.2021, The Art Newspaper: Art Basel’s parent company MCH Group warns of possible data breach after criminal cyber attack
03.11.2021, Le Journal des ArtsThe parent company of Art Basel victim of a cyberattack
01.11.2021, ArtforumArt Basel’s parent company hit by cyberattack 
29.10.2021, Art News: Art Basel’s parent company hit with data breach, with personal data possibly accessed
29.10.2021, Artnet: Art Basel parent group MCH hit with cyber attack that may have breached clients’ personal data

After years of debate, two universities have become the first UK institutions to restitute Benin Bronzes: Two universities became the first institutions in the U.K. to restitute Benin bronzes to Nigeria this week. Jesus College at the University of Cambridge and the University of Aberdeen each staged handover ceremonies of Benin artifacts.

29.10.2021, Artnet: After years of debate, two universities have become the first UK institutions to restitute Benin Bronzes

Franz Kafka drawings reveal ‘sunny’ side to bleak Bohemian novelist: A trove of 150 drawings, retrieved from a Swiss bank vault in 2019 after years of legal wrangling and presented to the public for the first time on Thursday, offers a more cheerful interpretation of the term “Kafkaesque.”

29.10.2021, The Guardian: Franz Kafka drawings reveal ‘sunny’ side to bleak Bohemian novelist

United States

Whitney gives Warhol film archive to MOMA: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, has announced that it will transfer its massive research archive pertaining to the films of Andy Warhol to the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

27.10.2021, ArtforumWhitney gives Warhol film archive to MOMA

World

Mexico is trying to stop two auctions of pre-Columbian artifacts in Paris: Mexico’s restitution efforts continue as government officials attempt to stop two auctions of Pre-Columbian artifacts in Paris.

02.11.2021, Art News: Mexico is trying to stop two auctions of pre-Columbian artifacts in Paris

Mexico recovers three ancient artifacts from Italy: Mexico on Friday recovered three ancient artifacts that were stolen and bound for auction in Italy as the Latin American country holds a global campaign to recover its art and relics.

30.10.2021, CNN Style: Mexico recovers three ancient artifacts from Italy

Looted treasures begin a long journey home from France: More than a century after French colonial troops ransacked a West African royal palace and took its treasures, President Emmanuel Macron of France on Wednesday began the formal transfer of 26 of those artifacts to Benin in the first large-scale act of restitution to Africa by a former European colonial power.

28.10.2021, The New York Times: Looted treasures begin a long journey home from France

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