25 January 2021

Art@Law | Constantine Cannon

Europe

Restitution: Belgian authorities hand over a 1st century BCE Roman statue stolen from Rome in 2011: Authorities from the General Directorate of the Economic Inspection of the SPF Economie in Belgium turned over a lifesize 1st century BCE Roman statue of a man to officers from the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage.  The seizure, and subsequent restitution, come at the conclusion of an investigation conducted by Belgium’s Economic Inspectorate, in cooperation with the Brussels public prosecutor’s office.

20.01.2021, ARCA: Restitution: Belgian authorities hand over a 1st century BCE Roman statue stolen from Rome in 2011

France has revised its system for exporting art and antiques, removing red tape that has long hindered trade: France has revised its national system for exporting cultural goods, dramatically expanding the ease of trade. The move is considered a major win for the country’s art industry.

20.01.2021, Artnet: France has revised its system for exporting art and antiques, removing red tape that has long hindered trade

UK Supreme Court judgment on pandemic insurance payouts ‘not a blank cheque’ for art organisations: The UK Supreme Court’s recent ruling that insurers should pay out for business interruption (BI) policies through the coronavirus pandemic is good news for the many galleries, museums and other businesses whose incomes have been devastated. The ruling offers clarification on such insurance claims but art organisations are still not out of the woods yet, and likely will still have to fight for a payout from their insurers.

19.01.2021, The Art Newspaper: UK Supreme Court judgment on pandemic insurance payouts ‘not a blank cheque’ for art organisations

Italian police recover copy of Salvator Mundi taken from Naples museum: Italian police have recovered a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi that was stolen from a basilica museum in Naples last year. Likely painted by one of the Renaissance master’s students, the 500-year-old work was discovered in an apartment only a few miles from the Museum of San Domenico Maggiore. The person who allegedly seized the canvas has been taken into police custody under suspicion of receiving stolen goods, according to a police statement.

19.01.2021, Art News: Italian police recover copy of Salvator Mundi taken from Naples museum 

19.01.2021, The Guardian: Police find stolen Leonardo copy museum did not know was missing

19.01.2021, ARCA: Recovery: “Salvator Mundi”, stolen from the Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore, is recovered by Italy’s Polizia di Stato

22.01.2021, Smithsonian Magazine: Stolen copy of ‘Salvator Mundi’ found stashed in Naples cupboard

Brexit deal retains Artist’s Resale Right as part of level playing field: The UK has agreed to follow the existing Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) regulations under the Brexit trade deal that came into effect earlier this month. The settlement includes clauses relating to the resale levy in which both the EU and UK have committed to continuing ARR as part of the level playing field.

18.01.2021, The Antiques Trade Gazette:Brexit deal retains Artist’s Resale Right as part of level playing field

UK Government announces new legislation protecting historic monuments: The UK government has announced new legislation meant to protect the country’s historic monuments. If the bill passes Parliament, anyone wishing to remove a historic statue would need to first obtain listed building consent or planning permission. Councils seeking to grant such permission would be required to notify the British communities secretary, who would render the final decision about the application in question.

18.01.2021, Artforum: UK Government announces new legislation protecting historic monuments 

United States

Governors propose ambitious plans to bring the arts back to California and New York: With the coronavirus ravaging the arts industry across the US, two state governors have released ambitious plans to bring culture back to the country’s top arts hubs. In Gavin Newsom’s 2021-2022 budget plan, the California governor is dedicating $25m for a grant programme aimed at small museums and theaters, as well as $15m to the California Arts Council for the creation of a statewide pilot programme called the California Creative Corps, to be funded through dollar-for-dollar matching donations from private donors.

14.01.2021, The Art Newspaper: Governors propose ambitious plans to bring the arts back to California and New York

World

Lebanon returns two stolen 18th-century icons to Greece: Lebanon handed back two 18th-century religious icons of Jesus and Mary to Greece on Tuesday after they were seized during an auction, a judicial source said. The paintings were stolen from an exhibition in Athens in 2016, and Greece put out an international notice calling for their return.

19.01.2021, France 24: Lebanon returns two stolen 18th-century icons to Greece

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