UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has vowed to protect objects on loan from abroad in temporary exhibitions in UK museums from seizure by the UK courts. Works of art on display in a museum or gallery where the museum has published information about the objects on loan is now covered. This does, however, raise questions about restituted works of art from the Nazi Era.
At least 100 artifacts from Yemen have been successfully sold at auction for an estimated $1 million in the U.S., Europe and the United Arab Emirates since 2011, according to a Live Science investigation into the country's so-called "blood antiquities."
In April 2019, research began at the University of Bonn on international practice in the restitution of artworks stolen under the Nazi regime. The project aims to provide a comprehensive, comparative analysis of international practice in the restitution of Nazi-looted art. It aims to establish a generalized set of rules on how decisions are made based on considerations of fairness and justice.
The Washington Times published an opinion by L. Todd on how tax-exempt warehouses contribute to some $899 billion laundered each year globally.
Four institutions are organizing this year’s course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis. The course will take place in Rome from Nοvember 11th to December 5th. Deadline to apply: 31. May 2019
More than 30 000 illegally exported ancient artefacts seized in a bust of an organised crime group in Spain and Bulgaria are to be returned to Bulgaria, the Prosecutor’s Office said on April 18. At a co-ordination meeting of investigators held on April 11 2019 at Eurojust headquarters in The Hague, it was agreed that the trial would be in Spain, where most of the suspects were held.
The US Supreme Court declined to hear a case that worked its way up through the US justice system concerning the legal ownership of a painting by Henri Matisse. Portrait of Greta Moll, made in 1908, resides in the stores at London’s National Gallery.
The 416th Session of the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) was on the Future of Cultural Heritage and the Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology was there. Thanks to the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, the co-founder of the HSLA Ira Kaliampetsos took part at this extraordinary session as a Fulbright Fellow. Great insides, new ideas, new partnerships.
Italy and China have agreed to join forces and fight the illegal trafficking of antiquities as part of an agreement signed between the two countries. The Italian government also announced it will return 796 objects that had been illegally exported to Italy from China after a court in Milan ruled last November that the items should be repatriated. The Art Newspaper