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The latest news on restitution claims for cultural property and information on conferences organized by the Art-Law Centre and/or the Art-Law Foundation.

Summer School on Cultural Heritage Law, 16 - 27 June 2014

Summer School on Cultural Heritage Law, 16 - 27 June 2014

The summer school offers an overview of the international and comparative law for the protection of cultural heritage.

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Stolen Gauguin and Bonnard paintings recovered after hanging on factory worker's kitchen wall for 40 years

Stolen Gauguin and Bonnard paintings recovered after hanging on factory worker's kitchen wall for 40 years

"Impressionist paintings by Gauguin and Bonnard worth over €30m and that were stolen from a house in Regent's Park in 1970 have turned up in the flat of a former Fiat factory worker - who had hung them on his kitchen wall for 40 years, it has been revealed."

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German Man to Return Nazi-Looted Art

German Man to Return Nazi-Looted Art

"Cornelius Gurlitt, the octogenarian hoarder of art plundered by the Nazis, will return paintings in the trove his family kept secret for decades to their original Jewish owners or those owners’ descendants, starting with a well-known Matisse, his lawyers said on Wednesday".

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Sevso treasure items repatriated by Hungarian government after UK sale

Sevso treasure items repatriated by Hungarian government after UK sale

"The Hungarian government has repatriated seven of the 14 pieces from the Sevso treasure, a spectacular hoard of 4th-century Roman silver whose ownership had long been contested by several countries."

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Father of loner at centre of £1billion art hoard was a committed Nazi who pillaged from Jews on behalf of Hitler

Father of loner at centre of £1billion art hoard was a committed Nazi who pillaged from Jews on behalf of Hitler

"An art collector at the centre of a row over £1billion of masterpieces believed to be stolen by Nazi's during World War II is the son of a dealer who pillaged remorselessly on behalf of Adolf Hitler, it has been revealed."

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Italy’s Corte Suprema di Cassazione and the Getty Bronze: What will be the fate of the Fano Athlete?

Italy’s Corte Suprema di Cassazione and the Getty Bronze: What will be the fate of the Fano Athlete?

"After years of discussions Italy's highest court has elected not to issue its ruling today upholding a lower court's judgment that the 'Victorious Youth' was illicitly exported from Italy and as such, is subject to seizure."

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Van Gogh painting: Why Yale can keep $120 million painting

Van Gogh painting: Why Yale can keep $120 million painting

"A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed the claims of a man who said he was the rightful owner of a Van Gogh painting that's been on display at Yale University for about 50 years."

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US Court asked to bring Russia into Yale v. Konowaloff settlement proceedings re: Van Gogh’s The Night Café

US Court asked to bring Russia into Yale v. Konowaloff settlement proceedings re: Van Gogh’s The Night Café

The heir of the original owner of the van Gogh painting, The Night Café, valued at about $200 million and held by Yale University, asked today in the filing below in the U.S. District Court for the State of Connecticut to bring Russia into settlement proceedings aimed at resolving the title dispute.

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La France va restituer trois tableaux spoliés par les Nazis

La France va restituer trois tableaux spoliés par les Nazis

Aurélie Filippetti, Ministre de la Culture, a annoncé le 21 janvier 2014 que la France allait restituer trois œuvres aux ayants-droit des familles juives spoliées par les Nazis durant la Seconde guerre mondiale.

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Entrée en vigueur de l’accord bilatéral sur les biens culturels entre la Suisse et la Chine

Entrée en vigueur de l’accord bilatéral sur les biens culturels entre la Suisse et la Chine

"L’accord porte sur des objets archéologiques antérieurs à 1500 ap. J.-C. particulièrement touchés par les pillages."

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Join in 'mediation' with Greece over Elgin Marbles, Unesco urges Britain

Join in 'mediation' with Greece over Elgin Marbles, Unesco urges Britain

"The long running dispute over the Elgin Marbles should be settled by mediation, Britain is told".

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1,500 lost works of art worth perhaps €1billion found in Munich flat

1,500 lost works of art worth perhaps €1billion found in Munich flat

"The customs warehouse in Garching near Munich is holding around 1500 works of art by some of the most famous artists of the early 20th century, worth in total perhaps one billion euro. "

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Dutch Museums Identify Looted Art

Dutch Museums Identify Looted Art

"Dutch museums have identified 139 pieces of art amongst their collections which may have been forcibly taken from Jewish owners."

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Expert spots stolen work sold by Sotheby’s

Expert spots stolen work sold by Sotheby’s

"A stolen painting by the Dutch artist Jan Schoonhoven (1914-94) was jointly bought in London at Sotheby’s contemporary art day auction on 27 June by two galleries - London’s Mayor Gallery and Amsterdam’s Borzo Modern and Contemporary Art"

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Extended Agreement Further Protects Archaeological Heritage of Cambodia

"The Department of State is pleased to announce the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from Cambodia from the Bronze Age Through the Khmer Era."

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Conference: The Monuments Men, Social Media, the Law and Cultural Heritage

Conference: The Monuments Men, Social Media, the Law and Cultural Heritage

The Monuments Men, a star-studded film directed by George Clooney, is based on the work of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, which was responsible for protecting and saving works of art and cultural heritage during World War II. LCCHP’s Fifth Annual Conference seeks to explore a variety of perspectives on the issue.

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The immorality of using Detroit’s art to bail out bankrupt city

The immorality of using Detroit’s art to bail out bankrupt city

"Even if it proves legal for the city’s emergency manager to sell paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, there is a moral case to consider"

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Should Detroit Sell Its Art?

Should Detroit Sell Its Art?

"The fiscal apocalypse that is Detroit has spun off a collateral storm in the art world with a suggestion that salvific funds [...] could be raised by selling treasures of the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of America’s best encyclopedic museums. Having been asked my opinion as an art-lover [...] I have two answers. Here’s the short one: sell."

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Looters ransack Egyptian antiques museum and snatch priceless artefacts as armed police move inside stormed Cairo mosque

Looters ransack Egyptian antiques museum and snatch priceless artefacts as armed police move inside stormed Cairo mosque

"Egypt’s famous Malawi National Museum has been ransacked, looted and smashed up by vandals in another example of the recent unrest in the country."

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10 Reasons You Should Care About The Endangered Detroit Art Museum

10 Reasons You Should Care About The Endangered Detroit Art Museum

"Art admirers from New York to Los Angeles are likely feeling the reverberations of last week's Detroit bankruptcy news."

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