Retired museum directors attempt to strike down new art protection law

A group of retired museum directors has penned an open letter calling for a proposed art protection law to be struck down ahead of its ratification by the upper house of the German parliament on Friday (8 July).

The controversial new law restricts the sale of artworks and artefacts considered to be of significant cultural value to buyers both inside and outside the European Union to prevent them from leaving Germany. Spearheaded by German culture minister, Monika Grütters, it has attracted criticism from artists, art dealers and institutions concerned with its impact on the art market and on loan agreements between collectors and museums.      Continue reading