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Gurlitt trove eludes restitution efforts owing to unresolved provenance questions

Posted on: July 1, 2020 by Stephanie Drawdy

The full story of the billion-dollar art collection gathered by Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt during World War II may never be told. After years spent trying to determine the collection’s history, the prior owners of a large majority of those works remain unknown. This is a story we have followed with interest throughout its […]

IAL heads to York for latest Study Forum

Posted on: February 27, 2020 by Charlotte Dunn

For the latest IAL Study Forum on 22nd February, we headed to York for a day of fascinating talks covering topics which ranged from planning and property law to issues of censorship and copyright. We began the day with a welcome from IAL’s Assistant Director Alex Herman and Professor Michael White, Head of the University […]

Upcoming IAL Study Forum in York on 22 February

Posted on: February 5, 2020 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Study Forum, on February 22nd 2020 (Saturday). This special edition of the forum will take place in a new location, namely the beautiful and historic town of York. Founded by the Romans in 71 AD, there are a number of cultural heritage sites to visit and explore in […]

New issue of Art Antiquity & Law available now

Posted on: January 16, 2020 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

As we leave behind the festive season, the latest issue of Art Antiquity & Law has just been released in time for you to start the new year with the latest in-depth analyses from the world of art and cultural heritage law. Adam Jomeen writes about street photography and compares the legal treatments afforded to […]

The Restitution Dialogues begin!

Posted on: December 19, 2019 by Alexander Herman

Last week, IAL was happy to be part of a conference on restitution at Tel Aviv University in Israel. This is the first of a three-conference series entitled The Restitution Dialogues: A transnational conversion on cultural loss, return and renewal. The second conference will be held in October 2020 at the University of Toronto in Canada, […]

Has moral activism increased Spanish caution for outward loans?

Posted on: December 10, 2019 by Adam Jomeen

Hot on the heels of its heavyweight (in every sense) Antony Gormley retrospective, London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) opened its second winter blockbuster – Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits – in late October to widespread critical acclaim.  Filling the RA’s smaller Sackler Wing (yes – they have one too), the show unites paintings, prints, drawings […]

One year after the Sarr-Savoy report, France has lost its momentum in the restitution debate

Posted on: November 15, 2019 by Alexander Herman

The following commentary first appeared in The Art Newspaper print edition (November 2019) and on The Art Newspaper website on 12 November 2019. A year ago this month, authors Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy submitted their controversial report to French President Emanuel Macron. The report recommended the return of a vast number of Sub-Saharan African artefacts currently in […]

Recent IAL training: British Museum, Oxford and Qatar

Posted on: October 29, 2019 by Alexander Herman

The past month has been a busy one at the IAL. Not only did we run our annual Diploma in Law and Collections Management in London and a Saturday Study Forum, but we also provided a series of in-house training sessions in the UK and Qatar. We began developing these sessions over the last year […]

Censorship during Rio de Janeiro’s Book Biennial was not upheld by Brazil’s Supreme Court

Posted on: September 27, 2019 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

It might come as a surprise that a Marvel comic book for children could stir so much controversy to the point of having the mayor of one of Brazil’s largest cities ordering its seizure from a book fair, followed by a rushed lawsuit at the state courts and a subsequent ruling from the country’s Supreme […]

Developments from the US-China Trade War and how the art market is affected

Posted on: September 19, 2019 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

In what at first glance seems like a distant topic for cultural heritage and art law, the ongoing trade war between the US and China has escalated further with clear implications for the art market and many other countries as well. We have previously covered this topic here and here, when last year the threat […]