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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Art Law: Magdeburg Court on Deletion of Entry in Lost Art Database

Kalabrische KüsteIn a judgment of November 2019, which was reported in the press only recently, the Magdeburg District Court (Landgericht) had to decide a dispute between the current owner of a painting and the heirs of a former owner who had the painting registered in the Lost Art Database. The judgment has, in true German tradition, been published in an anonymised version. Read in conjunction with the press coverage of the dispute in The Art Newspaper, Süddeutsche or Handelsblatt, it is however easy to fill in the blanks.  Continue reading

Art Law: German Lost Art Foundation Establishes “Help Desk”

Deutsches Zentrum KulturgutverlusteLast week, the German Lost Art Foundation (Deutsches Zentrum für Kulturgutverluste) announced that as of the beginning of this year, it has established a help desk to support victims of Nazi persecution and their descendants with enquiries regarding looted art. Here’s from the press release: Continue reading