Evelien Campfens in the New York Times on looted art in museums
In an article by the New York Times, cultural heritage law specialist Evelien Campfens discusses the difficulties surrounding the ownership of looted art.
Museums have long relied on legal conventions such as sales receipts and other documents stating the legitimacy of the trade to claim artwork. However critics say these formalities masked coercion and theft. Campfens: ‘You can see this even with Nazi-looted art, with sales to a Nazi officer where there was money involved. Was that legal? Well, under the legislation at the time, it was lawful, but we do not think that’s correct today’
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The entire article with Evelien Campfens can be read on the website of New York Times (€).