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Critics call on South Korea to change laws, keep Samsung chairman’s £1.26b art collection in the country

Lee Kun-hee, the head of the Samsung conglomerate who passed away in October of last year, amassed an impressive collection of art estimated to be worth around ₩2 trillion (£1.26 billion). Now, South Korean art critics and cultural ministers are asking that tax laws be changed so that Lee’s heirs might opt to keep the […]

“I Want To Report A Theft”: Activist Mwazulu Diyabanza tells his own story in new episode of Resistance

A year ago, you might not have been aware of a man by the name of Mwazulu Diyabanza. But that all changed last summer when Diyabanza made a name for himself as a repatriation activist with one singular protest. By now, you’re probably familiar with the story. On June 12th, 2020, Diyabanza and four friends […]

1,638 police carried out raids in Berlin arresting three in relation to Dresden Green Vault heist

A major police raid has led to arrests and the seizure of items related to the Dresden Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) heist that occurred almost exactly a year ago. While the treasures taken in the robbery have yet to be recovered, three have been arrested in relation to the heist and it is hoped that […]

Piet Mondrian focus of restitution lawsuit and new conservation research

Dutch modernist Piet Mondrian, known for his striking colour block paintings, has made headlines twice recently. Once for a repatriation lawsuit involving a German museum and a second time for extensive conservation research getting started in Switzerland. Art Critique takes a look at both. Restitution The children of American abstract artist Harry Holtzman have filed a […]

French National Assembly approves restitution bill to return 26 artefacts to Benin and Senegal

In recent years, France has grappled with how to handle its vast collection of more than 90,000 African artefacts, many of which were stolen during colonial times. The National Assembly of France, however, has unanimously passed a bill that could oversee the restitution of a number of objects to Benin and Senegal. If the bill, […]

Activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza faces trial in Paris after taking restitution into his own hands

Before June, people, particularly in the museum world, were probably unfamiliar with Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza. However, the 41-year-old Congolese activist now faces a series of court dates, the first of which is next week in Paris, for demonstrations he led that involved attempting to take artwork from three different museums. Diyabanza, originally from the Democratic […]

Howard University sues South Carolina couple over work by Charles White

Works by Charles White, a renowned African-American artist, have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years as more and more collectors and museums have taken interest. The late artist’s market has grown substantially and last year, artist records were set in quick succession at auction, so the time seemed right for a South Carolina […]