In the build-up to the annual conference on 18-19 March, we will be sharing the abstracts of the various contributions.
Today: Lars van Vliet, Maastricht University
The Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act: the first practical applications (Panel III: Restitution)
Panel V: Art & Technology ǀ Moderator: Rachel Pownall
Lars van Vliet: In December 2016 the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act (the HEAR act) took effect in the US. It is a federal statute that imposes a limitation period for restitution claims of artworks taken during the Holocaust from victims of Nazi persecution. This new limitation period supersedes the limitation periods in US State law. In many US States this new statute takes away one major hurdle in bringing a restitution claim for artworks taken by the Nazis. At the same time, the new statute raises lots of questions which will have to be answered by the courts. The presentation will address the first judgments in which the HEAR act has been applied and explained. The most notable example is the 2017 judgment in Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.
Panel V: The sheer volume of data on global art and antique sales has risen dramatically over recent decades, and the speed with which this information transcends global art markets is phenomenal as the digital age has revolutionised the way information is transmitted and accessed globally. E-commerce is providing an additional platform for artists, galleries, dealers and auction houses to reach collectors and new buyers. In this panel session we discuss the variety of structural developments across the art e-commerce industry and how this is changing the art market landscape. We discuss the trends, and how market players are confronting the opportunities and challenges this upheaval presents.