In Russia-U.S. legal dispute, LACMA stands to lose

26 May 2011 7:58 AM | Anonymous

In Russia-U.S. legal dispute, LACMA stands to lose

Russia has banned loans to U.S. museums in retaliation for a U.S. judge's ruling it must return items to the Jewish group Chabad. The ban could put a big dent in an upcoming major LACMA exhibition.
    
Russia has banned loans of artworks to U.S. museums in retaliation for a U.S. judge's ruling that the country must return religious artifacts to the Jewish group Chabad. (LACMA)

 By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
 
May 26, 2011
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is caught in the middle of a legal and diplomatic dispute that has prompted Russian authorities to ban art loans to U.S. museums because of an American court decision in favor of the Jewish religious group Chabad.

The Russian cultural ban already has aborted one U.S. museum exhibition, forced the indefinite postponement of another, and could prevent LACMA from showing 38 artworks in a major exhibition on Islamic art set to open June 5.

 Russia's actions are the result of a ruling in a U.S. District Court last summer that Russia must restore a trove of religious books and manuscripts to Chabad, a prominent international ministry based in New York City. Despite a U.S. law and diplomatic assurances to the contrary, Russian officials have said they fear art shipped to American museums could be seized as collateral.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-lacma-russia-20110525,0,4181728.story

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