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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 […]

Christie’s removes illicitly trafficked antiquities from sale, archaeologist questions their due diligence

Over the past two weeks, Christie’s held seven online auctions as part of their “Classic Week,” which has featured everything from ancient artworks to Old Master painting. One of the auctions, in particular, though, has garnered some unwanted attention. After four Greek and Roman works quietly disappeared from the catalogue of the auction of antiquities, […]

Research wraps on Gurlitt trove leaving “very large gray area”

Eight years ago, Bavarian authorities searched the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt looking for evidence of tax evasion. Instead, officers discovered a vast collection of works by artists like Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Max Liebermann, and Paul Klee. The works recovered from Gurlitt’s Munich and Salzburg homes became the centre of an investigation that many […]

Days after Banksy gifted NHS with painting, someone tried to steal it

Owning a Banksy can be a difficult feat. Purchasing a work by the illusive artist is one thing, but when a Banksy falls into your hands overnight, the path forward is exciting although filled with unique challenges – sometimes even involving theft. That’s what the University Hospital Southampton quickly realized when just days after they […]