Friday 12 June 2015

US House of Representatives Passes Controversial Art Loan Protection Bill

 On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed the Foreign Cultural Exchange Clarification Act (H.R. 889) amending the existing Foreign Sovereigns Immunities Act. This is a bill that would ensure that authorities cannot seize works of art brought into the United States for temporary display in cultural institutions even if they’re determined to have been stolen. The bill still has to pass the Senate, and its fate seems uncertain. It is feared that the law would facilitate the display by US museums of stolen and looted art and antiquities.

 Laura C. Mallonee, 'US House of Representatives Passes Controversial Art Protection Bill' Hyperallergic  June 12, 2015

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