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Gerhard Richter and German Cultural Heritage Protection Law—Brooklyn Law School February 3, 2016

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on January 25, 2016 at 11:04 AM

I will be speaking next week at Brooklyn Law School at an event about Gerhard Richter organized by the Center for Art Law and the Brooklyn Law School Art Law Association. Entitled “You’ve Been Served: Gerhard Richter Painting (2011), the event on February 3, 2016 at 6:30 will begin with a screening of the documentary Gerhard Richter Painting (2011).  After the movie, I will discuss Richter’s prominence in the recent controversy over Germany’s proposed amendment to its cultural heritage protection laws, of which I have been critical and in response to which Richter threatened to remove his painting from his home country. 

As the invitation reads:

Richter, a renowned German visual artists and an octogenarian, has emerged as one of the staunch opponents of the revisions in the German Cultural Heritage Law, being quoted as threatening to withdraw his art from German museums if the law would impose restrictions on exporting artworks older than 50 years from Germany. Richter's own body of works, with some created more than five decades ago, would have been affected by the revisions.

After the film, Nicholas O’Donnell, a partner in the Litigation Department of Sullivan & Worcester LLP , will discuss the controversy and the revisions ultimately adopted in the 2015-2016 German cultural law on patrimony. Mr. O’Donnell is the editor of the Art Law Report, a widely acclaimed art law blog, and in his practice he frequently represents clients with art related needs.  

Registration for the event (including dinner) is available here. Hope to see you there. 

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Topics: cultural property, Events, Gerhard Richter

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