Nazi looted Houdon bust returns to Poland: A late 18th century bust of the Goddess Diana which was looted from the Royal Lazienki Palace in Warsaw by the Nazis has been returned to Poland after emerging at auction in Vienna. Having been in the collection of King Stanislaw August, the sculpture by Jean-Antoine Houdon had been taken along with 56 paintings from Poland’s national museum in 1940 when it was packed up and transported to the Krakow headquarters of the Nazi’s General Governor of occupied Poland, Hans Frank.
20.11.2015, Antiques Trade Gazette: Nazi looted Houdon bust returns to Poland
Family threaten National Gallery with legal action over Matisse painting: The National Gallery has been threatened with legal action relating to a portrait by Henri Matisse, amid claims that it was stolen from its original owner shortly after the second world war. Descendants of the subject in the French master’s Portrait of Greta Moll are calling for it to be returned to them. Moll’s husband, Oskar, commissioned it from Matisse, who was their friend, and they claim that it was sold without permission after she sent it to Switzerland for safekeeping.
22.11.2015, The Guardian: Family threaten National Gallery with legal action over Matisse painting
23.11.2015, Artnet News: Descendants of Greta Moll Threaten to Sue National Gallery Over Stolen Matisse Painting
Secret art warehouses under government scrutiny: For years, government regulators and money-laundering experts have tried to peer behind the wall of secrecy surrounding freeports, the vast tax-free warehouses that house art and other treasures around the world. Now, the Swiss government is taking action.
19.11.2015, CNBC: Secret art warehouses under government scrutiny
Bouvier/Rybolovlev lawsuits: The increasingly vicious dispute between “freeport king” Yves Bouvier and his former client, the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, has taken two new twists. Rybolovlev and his lawyer Tetiana Bersheda were detained and questioned by Monaco police after Bouvier ally Tania Rappo accused them of tampering with police evidence and invasion of privacy. They were released without charge but Rappo’s lawyer Frank Michel believes that an inculpation will follow shortly.
20.11.2015, Financial Times: The Art Market: Feathers fly in Monaco
Task force investigating art trove inherited from Nazi collector achieved ’embarrassing’ results: Since 2013, a task force, soon to be disbanded, has sought to clarify ownership of the artwork found in Cornelius Gurlitt’s apartment. Now people are asking: what has it achieved, and where do we go from here? By pure coincidence, nearly 1,500 works of art were discovered over two years ago in the apartments of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. Some were of high international status and questionable derivation.
26.11.2015, Deutsche Welle: Task force investigating art trove inherited from Nazi collector achieved ’embarrassing’ results
German culture foundation angers Jewish groups over Holocaust dating: 1935 sale of the Guelph Treasure predates the Holocaust “by several years”, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said in US court papers.
23.11.2015, The Art Newspaper: German culture foundation angers Jewish groups over Holocaust dating
19.11.2015, The Jewish Week: Nazi Art Case Tests Start Date Of Shoah
Frescoes stolen from ancient tomb go on display in Italy: Five frescoed stone slabs stolen from a tomb in the ancient city of Paestum and trafficked by a notorious artefact smuggler went on display in Italy on Thursday after a 10-year investigation.
26.11.2015, Swiss Info: Frescoes stolen from ancient tomb go on display in Italy
Masterpieces stolen from Verona museum: Masterpieces by artists including Tintoretto and Peter Paul Rubens have been stolen from the Museo Civico di Castelvecchio, Verona, according to reports in the Italian media. The theft reportedly took place on 19 November.
20.11.2015, The Art Newspaper: Masterpieces stolen from Verona museum
Research project begins into effect of total ivory ban in the UK: Stakeholders in the art market are being asked to participate in a project seeking to gauge the effect of a total ban on the sale of ivory works of art in the UK.
20.11.2015, Antiques Trade Gazette: Research project begins into effect of total ivory ban in the UK
UK’s national museums spared big cuts in government spending review: Chancellor George Osborne finds money for British Museum and Victoria and Albert to display objects now in store.
25.11.2015, The Art Newspaper: UK’s national museums spared big cuts in government spending review
Poland’s richest woman plans new contemporary art museum for Warsaw: Grazyna Kulczyk has sold her culture centre in Poznan to dedicate herself to the project in the Polish capital.
25.11.2015, The Art Newspaper: Poland’s richest woman plans new contemporary art museum for Warsaw
Estate Sues Nahmad Gallery Network for Modigliani Portrait: In a fresh legal complaint filed on Tuesday, the estate of a Paris art dealer is seeking the return of a precious Modigliani portrait said to have been seized by the Nazis and now, the court papers contend, in the possession of the Nahmad family, a dynasty of art dealers that wields enormous power in the international art market. The action against the Helly Nahmad Gallery and others, filed in New York State Supreme Court, is the latest effort by the dealer’s grandson to secure the handover of the 1918 painting, “Seated Man With a Cane,” which is valued at more than $25 million. Earlier this year a judge in the same court ruled that the grandson, Philippe Maestracci, a French resident, lacked standing to press his claim in the United States.
24.11.2015, International New York Times: Estate Sues Nahmad Gallery Network for Modigliani Portrait
25.11.2015, Artnet News: Dealer’s Estate Sues Nahmad Gallery Seeking Return of Modigliani Portrait
Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art: Are artworks looted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors still hanging in Bavarian museums? Twenty-nine members of the US Congress think so, and have written a letter to the German state demanding that officials stop dragging their feet on restitution.
26.11.2015, Spiegel Online International: Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art
Heirs File Suit in Manhattan for Return of a Deceased Relative’s Art Looted by Nazis: On Tuesday, November 17, two descendants of a Jewish Holocaust victim whose $5 million collection of paintings was stolen by the Nazis filed suit in a Manhattan court against a London-based art dealer for the return of the looted art pieces, claiming that they possess the original court documents proving their rights to the works. According to The Post, “Timothy Reif of Washington, DC, and David Fraenkel of Pennsylvania are co-heirs to the estate of Fritz Grunbaum, a Viennese cabaret performer who was imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was murdered in 1941.”
25.11.2015, The Jewish Voice: Heirs File Suit in Manhattan for Return of a Deceased Relative’s Art Looted by Nazis
Hammered by Guarantees: Figures seem to support the notion that wealthy sellers’ ability to make Christie’s and Sotheby’s compete for the privilege of guaranteeing them minimum prices — waiving fees and giving them a portion of the buyer’s premium — has artificially inflated the market. It has certainly made it more difficult for the auction houses to make money.
20.11.2015, International New York Times: Hammered by Guarantees
Art world rallies around artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia: Art world figures have condemned the decision by a Saudi court to sentence Ashraf Fayadh, a leading Saudi Arabia-based artist and poet, to death for allegedly renouncing Islam.
24.11.2015, The Art Newspaper: Art world rallies around artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia
Quebec Police Joins Search For Nazi-Looted Stern Art: The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) is now on the hunt for Nazi-looted art. The provincial police force has taken over the files from U.S. law enforcement on the Max Stern Art Restitution Project. This means it will be the SQ, rather than the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, that interfaces with Interpol in the ongoing worldwide search for the hundreds of artworks the late German-born Dominion Gallery owner was forced to hand over to the Nazis in the 1930s.
25.11.2015, The Canadian Jewish News: Quebec Police Joins Search For Nazi-Looted Stern Art
China Makes Impression on the Global Art Market: China’s emergence as the second biggest art market in the world after the U.S. is a leading reason global auction sales of fine art have exploded since the turn of the century into a $16 billion market.
19.11.2015, Barron’s: China Makes Impression on the Global Art Market
Iran opens secret cache of art masterpieces: Paintings by artists including Bacon and Magritte have gone on display at Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art, some for the first time since the 1979 revolution.
25.11.2015, Telegraph: Iran opens secret cache of art masterpieces
Japan to strengthen copyright protections in light of TPP: The Cultural Affairs Agency is considering revising the copyright laws after Japan and 11 other countries last month agreed to strengthen protection of intellectual property rights as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
15.11.2015, Japan Times: Japan to strengthen copyright protections in light of TPP
National Gallery Singapore finds first home for unseen art: A decade in the making, National Gallery Singapore has finally opened its impressive doors to the public. The gallery combines two of the city-state’s most historic buildings — the former Supreme Court and City Hall — and is home to the largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art in the region.
26.11.2015, CNN: National Gallery Singapore finds first home for unseen art
Rise and fall of Indian art funds: The story of the rise and fall of art funds can be pieced together from the recent rulings by SEBI and the Securities Appellate Tribunal, on complaints from aggrieved investors in India’s first art funds.
22.11.2015, The Hindu Business Line: Rise and fall of Indian art funds
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