France Creates $6 Million Solidarity Fund to Help Cultural Spaces Deal with Terror Attack Aftermath: France’s Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, announced yesterday the launch of a €4 million ($6 million) solidarity fund to help theaters, concert halls, cinemas, and museums deal with the aftermath of the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, which left 129 people dead and 352 injured.
19.11.2015, Artnet News: France Creates $6 Million Solidarity Fund to Help Cultural Spaces Deal with Terror Attack Aftermath
French President François Hollande Takes Action Against ISIS Trade in Looted Antiquities: French president François Hollande announced plans to grant “asylum” to art and archeological treasures at risk of being destroyed by ISIS in an address at a UNESCO conference in Paris on Tuesday. Hollande’s announcement follows the ISIS perpetrated terror attacks in Paris on Friday which claimed 129 lives. In the meantime, he announced that France will tighten up customs checks on its borders to identify smuggled illicit antiquities.
18.11.2015, Artnet News: French President François Hollande Takes Action Against ISIS Trade in Looted Antiquities
19.11.2015, Art Daily: France to offer ‘asylum’ for IS-threatened artworks: French President Francois Hollande
Despite Universal Criticism, German Cabinet Approves Stricter Cultural Heritage Law: The German federal cabinet has approved a revision to its cultural heritage protection law notwithstanding overwhelming opposition by essentially everyone who commented, putting the draft on the fast track to legislative enactment next year. This law remains a solution in search of a problem at best. At worst, it is used to lay claim to disputed objects like the Welfenschatz as a litigation tactic to undermine the value of looted cultural property to claimants. It takes a regressive view of cultural objects that makes no sense in the 21st century. Sadly, the primary victim will be the commercial art market in Germany, which will become a lesser option for moveable property because the risk will be outsized there relative to other countries. That part of the German economy does not seem to hold enough, or any, interest for policy makers right now.
16.11.2015, Art Law Report: Despite Universal Criticism, German Cabinet Approves Stricter Cultural Heritage Law
German Museum Admits Some Artwork Might Have Been Looted by Nazis: Some 18 sculptures and paintings kept at a museum in Germany might have been looted by the Nazis during World War II, the Kunsthalle Mannheim said on Tuesday. The items being investigated, including works by László Moholy-Nagy, Max Slevogt and Edgar Degas, will be reported to the German Lost Art Foundation in the eastern German city of Magdeburg and published on the group’s LostArt website, the museum said.
17.11.2015, Haaretz: German Museum Admits Some Artwork Might Have Been Looted by Nazis
Switzerland’s Tough New Stance on Freeports Will Shake the Art World: The Swiss parliament approved stricter regulations for freeports and customs warehouses yesterday, according to a government announcement. The regulations are part of a wider crackdown on money laundering, smuggling, and other illegal activities that Switzerland has launched.
19.11.2015, Artnet News: Switzerland’s Tough New Stance on Freeports Will Shake the Art World
Dmitry Rybolovlev v. Yves Bouvier: Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose claim of fraud was the basis for the arrest of Yves Bouvier, nicknamed the “freeport king,” in Monaco in February, has finally shared his side of the story in a profile in Town and Country. Rybolovlev alleges that he was introduced to Bouvier by his friend Tania Rappo (who, according to Bloomberg, is Rybolovlev’s translator and the godmother of one of his children), and that the pair overcharged him millions of dollars in his acquisition of 38 paintings.
18.11.2015, Artnet News: Dmitry Rybolovlev Trashes Yves Bouvier in ‘Town and Country’ Interview
17.11.2015, Town and Country: Did This Billionaire Get Swindled Out of Millions in an Elaborate Art World Scheme?
UK’s new Emergency Heritage Management Project: Officially launched last month, the UK’s Emergency Heritage Management Project will look to help preserve and recover cultural objects and edifices in Iraq that are under threat. The programme will be run out of the British Museum. The Museum will recruit two expert archaeologists who will spend the next five years instructing teams of local Iraqi archaeologists on how best to preserve artefacts that have been affected by the war.
18.11.2015, Institute of Art and Law: UK’s new Emergency Heritage Management Project
Lucian Freud Estate Avoids $4.5 Million Tax by Donating Archive to National Portrait Gallery: London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has acquired sketchbooks, drawings, and letters by Lucian Freud from the artist’s estate. The artwork comes to the museum through the acceptance in lieu scheme, which allows UK citizens to donate inherited artworks to cultural institutions “in return for conditional exemption from Inheritance Tax or Capital Gains Tax,” as it states on the Arts Council’s website.
16.11.2015, Artnet News: Lucian Freud Estate Avoids $4.5 Million Tax by Donating Archive to National Portrait Gallery
Should connoisseurship be placed under the microscope?: Addressing an audience at the Tomasso Brothers gallery in Duke Street, St James on Monday, November 9, Pamela Kember, head of arts and learning at Asia House, reminded us that reproductions, homages, venerations, copies and indeed fakes have been part of Chinese culture for centuries. But has the market for Asian works of art reached a crossroads where the fakes are so good – and the rewards for successful deception so spectacular – that only science can help?
18.11.2015, Antiques Trade Gazette: Should connoisseurship be placed under the microscope?
MoMA Restitutes Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Painting to Heirs of Jewish German Collector: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has restituted a painting by the German expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner to the heirs of the Jewish German art collector Max Fischer. Fischer inherited Sand Hills (Bei Grünau) (1917-18) from the collection of his parents, Ludwig and Rosy Fischer, in 1926.
17.11.2015, Artnet News: MoMA Restitutes Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Painting to Heirs of Jewish German Collector
Judge blocks sale of paintings allegedly owned by Nazi victim: The heirs of a Jewish Cabaret performer who was murdered by the Nazis in 1941 persuaded a Manhattan judge Tuesday to block the sale and transport of two Egon Schiele paintings that were part of his extensive collection. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos ordered London-based art dealer Richard Nagy and the Conservancy that runs the Park Avenue Armory’s annual art show to freeze the disposal of the watercolors — worth an estimated $5 million — until he can hold a hearing December 1.
18.11.2015, NY Daily News: Judge blocks sale of paintings allegedly owned by Nazi victim
18.11.2015, Artnet News: Heirs Seek Return of Allegedly Nazi-Looted Egon Schiele Works
BSU museum surrenders idol looted from Southern India temple: Federal law enforcement officials have confirmed that a 1,000-year-old idol displayed at Ball State University’s David Owsley Museum of Art had been looted from a temple in Southern India. The university announced on Tuesday that it has transferred custody of the religious relic to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Until federal agents took possession of it on Monday, the statue had been on continuous display at the museum for a decade.
17.11.2015, Indiana Economic Digest: BSU museum surrenders idol looted from Southern India temple
Photographer’s Hilarious Response to Monkey Selfie Lawsuit: In September, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), filed an unbelievable lawsuit against British nature photographer David Slater that’s come to be known as the “monkey selfie” case. Why? The animal rights organization claimed that Slater had no right to distribute and sell a “selfie” taken by a crested black macaque named Naruto using his camera in 2011. If you think the whole concept seems too ridiculous (and too potentially viral) to be true, you’re not alone: Slater’s lawyer filed a motion to dismiss that meets the claim at its level. It even begins with a take on a familiar joke.
13.11.2015, Artnet News: See Photographer’s Hilarious Response to Monkey Selfie Lawsuit
UK partners with India for major cross-cultural festival in 2017: A new festival celebrating the cultural ties between India and the UK will launch in 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence. The move, which is backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, follows a highly publicised state visit to the UK last week by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Nehru Centre in London and the British Council are among the organisers of the new initiative.
16.11.2015, The Art Newspaper: UK partners with India for major cross-cultural festival in 2017
Iran Has Been Hiding One of World’s Great Collections of Modern Art: As Iran lurches toward reengaging with the world after the end of years of sanctions, a crown jewel waits in history’s shadow. Built by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s wife, Empress Farah Pahlavi, just before the 1979 revolution, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art amassed the greatest collection of modern Western masterpieces outside Europe and North America—and dropped off the map.
17.11.2015, Bloomberg Business: Iran Has Been Hiding One of World’s Great Collections of Modern Art
17.11.2015, Artfix Daily: Inside Iran’s Hidden World-Class Modern Art Collection
Preparations to Build World’s Largest Latin American Art Museum Worth $50M Kicks Off: Plans to build the world’s largest Latin American Art Museum are on the move. The new $50 million “Nader Latin American Art Museum” (NaderLAAM) will open in 2018 and will be situated in Miami, measuring roughly 125,000 square feet.
17.11.2015, Latino Post: Preparations to Build World’s Largest Latin American Art Museum Worth $50M Kicks Off
13.11.2015, NBC News: Plans Underway For Largest Latin American Art Museum
Latin American Auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s: “The Latin American market is not a bloc, and it doesn’t move like one. It rises and falls in different areas according to local economies. For example, Brazil is in a bit of an economic standstill after years of booming, but Colombia is doing very well. About half of Latin American art is bought by Latin Americans and the other half goes to international collectors,” explained private dealer and appraiser Carmen Melián, formerly a Sotheby’s senior specialist and senior vice president in Latin American art.
14.11.2015, Blouin Artinfo: Datebook: Latin American Auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s
Singapore’s new National Gallery will crown independence celebrations: Singapore has spent much of this year staging events to celebrate its 50th anniversary as an independent nation. But nothing will compare to the opening of the new National Gallery on 24 November. Two of the island’s most iconic colonial buildings, the former Supreme Court and City Hall, dating from 1937 and 1929 respectively, have been spectacularly transformed into Asia’s largest visual arts institution, and the world’s first museum dedicated to south-east Asian art, drawing on a collection of 8,000 works.
17.11.2015, The Guardian: Singapore’s new National Gallery will crown independence celebrations
China’s surge in art buying underlines economy’s evolution: The world has grown accustomed to China’s enormous appetite for raw materials. It is still getting used to the Asian giant’s voracious demand for fine art. This past week, Liu Yiqian, a Shanghai billionaire, paid $170.4-million (U.S.) for Nu Couché, a painting by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. It was the second-highest price ever paid for a work of art at auction.
16.11.2015, The Globe and Mail: China’s surge in art buying underlines economy’s evolution
State Agency Removes Jailed Native American Activist’s Artwork from Exhibition: Paintings by Native American artist and activist Leonard Peltier are to be removed from an exhibition at a Washington State government building after complaints by an association of retired law enforcement officers.
16.11.2015, Artnet News: State Agency Removes Jailed Native American Activist’s Artwork from Exhibition
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