Marc Masurovsky, editor of plundered-art.blogspot.com and co-founder of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project will discuss the merits and challenges of the current legislation (S.2212) being considered in the U.S. Senate that potentially would give full immunity for any cultural object regardless of origin, whether licit or not, to enter the United States for cultural display without fear of being the subject of a legal claim. The proposed bill also exempts a small category of objects that were “taken” under Nazi rule—the so-called “Nazi exception”. At stake are the challenges that foreign lenders face in light of S. 2212 as well as potential or actual claimants seeking the return of their looted property.
In light of the recent art theft of financier Jeffrey Gundlach's home in Santa Monica, California and the stolen Renoir from the Baltimore Museum of Art discovered in a flea market - stolen, looted art continues to make headlines. These cases and more will be discussed within the context of the victims of these crimes and the value and importance of preserving cultural heritage and cultural property.
This is a ticketed only program. All persons attending must RSVP to receive location of gathering. A buffet lunch is included with iced-tea. All sales are final, no refunds.
This is part of an ongoing series of discussions on cultural heritage property rights in the 21st century within the context of the global community and the public's trust and how to build an ethical collection.
Friday, October 19, 2012
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045
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