23 September 2019

Europe

Suspended Maltese parish priest arrested for church-related art thefts: A Maltese parish priest has been suspended from his duties pending the outcome of an investigation by police into his alleged involvement in the thefts of paintings and ecclesiastical property taken from the Baroque church of St. Augustine in Valletta where he served. 

21.09.2019, ARCA: Suspended Maltese parish priest arrested for church-related art thefts 

The National Gallery in London and the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin Are Hatching a Secretive Agreement Ahead of Brexit to Share Paintings: On October 30, the day before Brexit, the Hugh Lane gallery in Dublin will be hosting a public talk on Édouard Manet‘s Music in the Tuileries Gardens, a painting that is traveling to Ireland from the National Gallery in London, where it lives.

20.09.2019, Artnet: The National Gallery in London and the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin Are Hatching a Secretive Agreement Ahead of Brexit to Share Paintings 

Government increases number of ports for CITES-listed natural history specimens ahead of no-deal Brexit: In the event of a no-deal Brexit on October 31 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published an alert on the changes to the transit of CITES-listed items. Earlier this year Defra had warned that CITES-listed natural history specimens would no longer be able to pass through Dover or the Eurotunnel in the event of a no-deal Brexit. However, the government has now included these ports, as well as Belfast Seaport and Holyhead, to a new longer list.

19.09.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Government increases number of ports for CITES-listed natural history specimens ahead of no-deal Brexit 

Berlin Museum Works With Namibia to Identify Looted Art: The Ethnological Museum Berlin has joined forces with the Museum Association Namibia. Together, Namibian and German experts are now researching the colonial collection of Berlin’s state museum with a view to eventual repatriation of looted art.

19.09.2019, Artnet: Berlin Museum Works With Namibia to Identify Looted Art

18.09.2019, Monopol: 23 Objekte der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz nach Namibia 

Mexican Foreign Ministry urges French auction house Millon (in Paris) to halt an auction of pre-Columbian art: The Mexican government, through its Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and its Ministry of Culture, formally challenged the auctioning of 95 pieces of pre-Hispanic origin.  In doing so, they called upon French auction house Millon Drouot to halt its sale of the Manichak and Jean Aurance Collection of Pre-Columbian art which was scheduled to take place last Wednesday and included some 130 pre-Columbian art objects. 

18.09.2019, ARCA: Mexican Foreign Ministry urges French auction house Millon (in Paris) to halt an auction of pre-Columbian art 

19.09.2019, The Art Newspaper: Pre-Columbian auction in Paris goes ahead in face of protest from Guatemala and Mexico 

19.09.2019, Le Journal des Arts: Des œuvres précolombiennes vendues chez Millon malgré une requête du Mexique 

Greek marble ‘wedding present’ returned to Munich museum: The relief, from the first half of the second century BC, had been given by an English diplomat living in Munich to a German scholar and his English wife when they married in 1958.

18.09.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Greek marble ‘wedding present’ returned to Munich museum 

Irish dealers pitch environmental credentials to win VAT-free status ahead of Brexit: The Irish Antique Dealers Association has written to Ireland’s finance minister to press for VAT-free status as a green retail business, to relieve them of the 13.5% value-added tax they currently pay.

17.09.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Irish dealers pitch environmental credentials to win VAT-free status ahead of Brexit 

Church of Scotland sues for share of £2m Viking treasure: The Church of Scotland is suing for a share of a £2m Viking treasure trove which was unearthed on land it owns in Dumfries and Galloway. Legal action has been filed at the Court of Session in Edinburgh against metal detectorist Derek McLennan, who found the hoard in 2014.15.09.2019, BBC: Church of Scotland sues for share of £2m Viking treasure

United States

‘An important work by Titian has been hiding in plain sight’: In 1905, the American industrialist and collector Henry Clay Frick acquired a portrait by Titian of Pietro Aretino, the 16th-century writer and libertine. Since the Frick Collection opened in 1935, it has been one of the museum’s masterpieces and has hung in the Living Hall, to the right of Giovanni Bellini’s Saint Francis in the Desert.

20.09.2019, Apollo: ‘An important work by Titian has been hiding in plain sight’ 

Strong, diverse and on the ascent: new fair and galleries add to Chicago’s booming commercial art scene: Often referred to as America’s “third coast”, Chicago’s commercial art scene is booming thanks to a new generation of art dealers unmoved by the expensive coastal cities of New York and Los Angeles. A rise in the number of fairs and gallery openings this autumn suggests the wind may continue to blow in the Windy City’s direction.

18.09.2019, The Art Newspaper: Strong, diverse and on the ascent: new fair and galleries add to Chicago’s booming commercial art scene

Getty plans sweeping $100m initiative to promote the world’s cultural heritage: The J. Paul Getty Trust announced a ten-year $100m initiative to promote deeper understanding of the world’s ancient cultural heritage by calling attention to threats to undermine it and adopting ambitious strategies to conserve what remains.17.09.2019, The Art Newspaper: Getty plans sweeping $100m initiative to promote the world’s cultural heritage

World

Developments from the US-China Trade War and how the art market is affected: In what at first glance seems like a distant topic for cultural heritage and art law, the ongoing trade war between the US and China has escalated further with clear implications for the art market and many other countries as well.

19.09.2019, The Institute of Art and Law: Developments from the US-China Trade War and how the art market is affected 

Turkey’s Art Scene Makes a Comeback, Under Erdogan’s Shadow: Although the Istanbul Biennial has been rising in international prominence, the traveling caravan of the art world mostly stayed away after 2016. This month, however, collectors, curators and journalists were back in force in Istanbul, lured by a string of high-profile openings. The influx gave the impression that the scene was stepping out of the darkness, filled with new vibrancy.

19.09.2019, The New York Times: Turkey’s Art Scene Makes a Comeback, Under Erdogan’s Shadow 

16.09.2019, Artnet: Despite Government Crackdowns on Freedom of Expression in Turkey, Billions of Dollars Are Being Invested in New Museums 

Egyptian prosecutor requests that former honorary consul of Italy be placed on INTERPOL’s red notice list: Last Tuesday, Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Ahmed Sadek ordered the arrest of Italy’s former honorary consul in Luxor, Cav. Ladislav Otakar Skakal and requested that his name be placed on INTERPOL’s Red notice in connection with his involvement in smuggling 21,855 artifacts from the port of Alexandria.  The objects were discovered inside a diplomatic shipping container, of the type used to transport household goods, sent through the port of Salerno in May 2017.  The mandate of the former honorary consul expired in 2014. Since then, Otakar has no longer had ties to the Italian embassy in Cairo. 

17.09.2019, ARCA: Egyptian prosecutor requests that former honorary consul of Italy be placed on INTERPOL’s red notice list 

The New Campaign to Bring African Art Home: A push to return African artworks from museums in Europe and America to their original countries is gaining traction. But it’s raising complex and sometimes uncomfortable challenges.15.09.2019, The Wall Street Journal: The New Campaign to Bring African Art Home

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