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Issues of looted art and restitution, particularly of art misappropriated during the Nazi era, continue to be prevalent topics in art news coverage and remain important concerns for museums worldwide. Karen Daly will provide an overview of the issues, discussing the response of the American museum community, considering how recovery and restitution efforts have evolved to the present day, including an overview of VMFA’s experiences in resolving art restitution claims.
Thomas R. Kline and Jennifer Morris advise clients on art, museum, and cultural heritage matters. Their experience in the areas of Nazi seizures, wartime looting, forced sales, and thefts has allowed them to resolve a wide variety of disputes on behalf of families, museums, auction houses, and foreign governments. Kline and Morris will discuss museum ethics and governance issues that affect both private and public collections. Through a series of case studies, they will address museums’ responsibilities in acquiring and selling artworks; complying with local, state, and federal laws, as well as intentional conventions; and resolving ownership disputes.
The Third Reich left a long legacy of looted art to be restituted, as did other wars and conflicts. In her talk, L. Eden Burgess will discuss how claimants have used the courts to try to right those wrongs. This series of programs is presented in cooperation with the following: William & Mary Art and Cultural Heritage Law Society; Cultural Heritage Partners, a law firm dedicated exclusively to serving cultural heritage clients; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.