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French Parliament passes bill aiding Notre Dame’s reconstruction

In the few months since Notre Dame was engulfed in flame, much has happened. Billionaires have promised funds to rebuild the monument, which has been met with praise and controversy alike, an exhibition of works from the cathedral have been put on show at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California, and there has been […]

Nazi-looted artwork once part of the Gurlitt trove returned

On July 3rd, Germany returned Quai de Clichy. Temps gris by Paul Signac to the family of Gaston Prosper Lévy, the late French art collector and real estate broker. The painting was part of a massive trove of Nazi-looted artworks that were in collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father was an art dealer notorious in […]

Van Gogh’s gun sells for €162,500 at auction

In 1965, a farmer in French village found a rusty old revolver in a field that has since been thought to be the gun that Vincent van Gogh used to shoot himself with. Just yesterday, that very gun was sold to a buyer who phoned into the Auction Art- Rémy Le Fur auction in Paris […]

New French task force to hone in on Nazi-looted art

In the coming weeks, a new French task force will be researching and returning artworks looted during the Nazi occupation of France to their rightful owners or their heirs. The task force, which was announced last year, is a new office within France’s ministry of culture. The five-person staff, headed by culture ministry official David […]

Deal between Italy and France to loan works by da Vinci is back on

Remember a couple of months ago when it seemed that Italy was going to block the loan of a large number of their artworks by Leonardo da Vinci to France? Well, it seems that Italy has recently changed their tune after Franck Riester, France’s minister of culture, met with Alberto Bonisoli, cultural minister of Italy […]

Frank Gehry’s twisting aluminium tower for Luma Arles

Frank Gehry’s architectural style is nothing if not unique. Even to the untrained eye, it can be easy to spot a creation by the Canadian-American architect that are dotted around the world. Prague’s Dancing House, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum are only a few of the architectural […]

France Urged to Return Looted African Art Treasures

France should repatriate tens of thousands of cultural artifacts stolen from Africa during colonial times, reads a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron that could have dire consequences to museums and institutions across Europe. The report insists that France’s laws on the matter should be changed and that African cultural treasures that were stolen and/or […]