Germany Plans to Tighten Regulation of Art and Antiquities Trade

15 Dec 2014 7:36 AM | Anonymous

Germany Plans to Tighten Regulation of Art and Antiquities Trade

BERLIN undefined Germany plans stiffer controls on the export, sale and provenance of art objects and antiquities, and will examine its museum collections for dubious objects, similar to the way it treats art confiscated or stolen by the Nazis, the country’s top cultural official said on Thursday.

Monika Grütters, Germany’s culture minister, told a two-day international conference on antiquities that crisis and conflicts like the fighting in Syria and Iraq often lead to the destruction and plundering of museums, graves and other archaeological sites and the illegal export of stolen objects. This, she said, “destroys the cultural heritage of all humanity.” 

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/germany-plans-to-tighten-regulation-of-art-and-antiquities-trade/
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