Stolen art cannot be brushed over, so sign the UK up to the Hague convention

15 Apr 2014 10:19 AM | Anonymous

Stolen art cannot be brushed over, so sign the UK up to the Hague convention

There is no excuse for Sajid Javid not to ratify the rules that ultimately protect people's cultural heritage

No films about art stolen in wartime appear for years and then two come along at once: Wes Anderson's funny Grand Budapest Hotel, with a plot that revolves around the disappearance of a "priceless" painting called Boy with Apple, or the more serious and realistic The Monuments Men.

The latter is George Clooney's latest directorial venture and concerns an allied forces group of museum curators and art historians in the second world war who attempt to stop the Nazis destroying the cultural treasures of occupied countries.

One of the characters, on finding a stash of stolen art, tracks down the Parisian address of its rightful owners. The house he arrives at is abandoned, its Jewish occupants long since fled or taken. "They aren't coming back," his companion says. But nonetheless, he leaves the portrait of a woman hanging on the bare wall, staring out sadly, defiantly.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/15/stolen-art-uk-sign-hague-convention/print

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