Art Law After Brexit: EU Commission Guidance on Cultural Goods

Under the headline “Getting ready for the end of the transition period”, the European Commission has published guidance for stakeholders for a variety of sectors, from air transport to waste shipments. For the art business, there is a note on the import and export of cultural goods dated 17 August 2020. Continue reading

Art Law: Contact Point for Collections from Colonial Contexts Established

The Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States (Kulturstiftung der Länder) has established a new central port of call for all questions about collections from colonial contexts in Germany: the Contact Point for Collections from Colonial Contexts, or CP3C for short. It became operative this week. Here is from Markus Hilgert, General Secretary of the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States and Director of the CP3C:

“In establishing the Contact Point, the Federal Government, Länder [federal states] and municipalities have put in place an important prerequisite for dialogue in the spirit of partnership with countries and societies of origin concerning how to deal responsibly with collections from colonial contexts. This attests to the unwavering commitment of everyone involved to a joint reckoning with Germany’s colonial history as part of our society’s culture of remembrance.”

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IBA Webinar, 30 June 2020: The Art Market is Going Digital – What Are the Legal Challenges?

On 30 June 2020, the IBA Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee is presenting a webinar that looks at the impact of digitization on the art market. The massive move to digital business models is of course driven by the loss of live auctions and in-person art fairs. They have resulted in a dramatic shift in the practices of the art market. Continue reading

Brexit Meets Looted Art – The Elgin Marbles And Beyond

Elgin marblesEarlier this month, we reviewed the draft directive for the EU Commission’s Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom for matters relevant to this blog. Today, the European Commission’s negotiation mandate was confirmed. Comparing the draft version with the final mandate approved by the 27 EU member states today, there is one noticeable change.

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