7 September 2020

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon


Bailout fail? Fewer than half of museums in England apply for government’s £1.57bn rescue package: According to figures obtained by The Art Newspaper, just 42% of museums based in England have applied for funding from the government’s £1.57bn emergency package for the arts (26 out of 63 organisations responded to the survey). 

04.09.2020, The Art NewspaperBailout fail? Fewer than half of museums in England apply for government’s £1.57bn rescue package  

In Dresden jewelry heist investigation, police raid Berlin internet café, uncover new evidence: Nine months after some 3,000 pieces of jewelry were stolen from Dresden’s Royal Palace, German police are one step closer to locating who might have been responsible for the heist. The German-language publication Monopol reports that, last Wednesday, police raided an internet café in Berlin and the apartment of an employee who works there. The authorities, however, have yet to name any suspects in the investigation. 

04.09.2020, Art NewsIn Dresden jewelry heist investigation, police raid Berlin internet café, uncover new evidence 

07.09.2020, ArtnetPolice have raided two locations in Berlin as the hunt continues for the jewel thieves behind the brazen green vault heist  

French dealer sues over Egyptian stele seized on way to Tefaf New York: The Parisian gallery Cybèle is seeking reimbursement for an Egyptian stele that was seized last year in New York as part of a wide-ranging investigation into antiquities trafficking. The gallery is suing the Hamburg-based seller Nassifa el-Khoury, as well as the French auction house Pierre Bergé and its expert Christophe Kunicki, in a bid to obtain a refund for the €126,700 paid for the piece in 2016, and some €80,000 in damages. 

04.09.2020, The Art NewspaperFrench dealer sues over Egyptian stele seized on way to Tefaf New York  

Painting with disputed van Gogh attribution sells for $651,000 in Germany: A painting attributed to Vincent van Gogh, which the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has rejected, has sold at the German auction house Dechow for €550,000. According to a report by Monopol, Dechow has not revealed the identity of the buyer. 

02.09.2020, Art NewsPainting with disputed van Gogh attribution sells for $651,000 in Germany 

United States

Status of $4.8m Modigliani painting challenged as legal battle over artist’s catalogues raisonnés ramps up: A legal battle between the French scholar Marc Restellini and the Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI) has once again laid bare the bitter rivalries in the lucrative field of Amedeo Modigliani attribution and the reputations at stake. 

03.09.2020, The Art NewspaperStatus of $4.8m Modigliani painting challenged as legal battle over artist’s catalogues raisonnés ramps up 

Art Basel Miami Beach officially cancelled: Up until recently, the organizers behind Art Basel Miami beach were optimistically planning for the yearly art fair held in Miami in early December. They were organizing events and coordinating with galleries as per usual while putting into place the various quarantine regulations that would govern over how the fair was attended. Last Wednesday, Art Basel released a statement formally cancelling the fair due to the pandemic. 

02.09.2020, ForbesArt Basel Miami Beach officially cancelled 

02.09.2020, BloombergArt Basel cancels Miami Beach show in December, citing pandemic 

03.09.2020, Le Journal des ArtsArt Basel Miami Beach annule son édition 2020  

02.09.2020, Art BaselDue to the pandemic’s impact, Art Basel announces the cancellation of its Miami Beach fair 

Galleries demand refunds from cancelled Dallas Art Fair: More than 30 galleries have requested refunds from the organizers of the Dallas Art Fair. The galleries have sworn not to participate in future iterations of the fair should refunds not be forthcoming. Originally slated to take place this past April, the fair, which focuses on modern and contemporary art, had been pushed to October owing to concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. 

02.09.2020, ArtforumGalleries demand refunds from cancelled Dallas Art Fair 


Berlin returns tattooed Maori heads to New Zealand: The mummified tattooed heads of two Maori men that have been in Berlin’s ethnographic collection for more than a century are to be returned to the Te Papa Tongarewa museum in Wellington, New Zealand, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation says. 

02.09.2020, The Art NewspaperBerlin returns tattooed Maori heads to New Zealand  

‘First of its kind’ exhibition will show contemporary art among the Pyramids of Giza: The Pyramids of Giza are to serve as the backdrop for a new exhibition reflecting on ancient Egypt’s enduring influence on artists. In what is billed as the first event of its kind at the 4,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site, Forever is Now (23 October 2021-mid-November 2021) will show works by Egyptian and international artists along a trail around the Giza plateau. 

02.09.2020, The Art Newspaper‘First of its kind’ exhibition will show contemporary art among the Pyramids of Giza  

How to organise a biennial in the Covid era: Apinan Poshyananda, the chief executive and artistic director of Bangkok Art Biennale, is feeling confident about launching the Bangkok Art Biennale next month in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. “Thailand has been coronavirus-free now for 100 days,” he says. The second edition is due to include more than 200 works under the theme of Escape Routes by artists such as Leandro Erlich, Yoko Ono and Marina Abramovic. 

02.09.2020, The Art NewspaperHow to organise a biennial in the Covid era 

European museums defend their partnerships in China: As China faces growing criticism over its detention of Uyghers and crackdown in Hong Kong, Tate, V&A and the Pompidou explain why it is important to continue working in the country.  

01.09.2020, The Art NewspaperEuropean museums defend their partnerships in China

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