German research fund to uncover stolen art in private collections

The German government has announced a €3.4 million (£2.95 million) national fund to subsidise provenance research into privately-owned artworks, which may have been looted during World War II. The decision marks a departure from previous arrangements, which were used to fund research into works held by German museums and libraries. It was prompted by the 2013 discovery of the Gurlitt art trove of which five works have been identified as looted or sold under duress. A further 153 works in the hoard are suspected of being stolen.   Continue reading

UK copyright law to change

The Government has announced that the length of copyright protection in the UK for mass-produced artistic works will increase on 6 April 2020.

Under current legislation, copyright ceases to apply to works of art after 25 years if they are produced in editions of 50 or more. This means that these works can be reproduced without seeking permission from the original creator. Continue reading