Advent greetings with a personal review of the year on art and law

Dear art lover,
dear art lover,

A great year of art 2018 is drawing to a close.

One highlight was certainly the international 20th Birthday Conference
of the Washington Principles at the House of Cultures in Berlin, which was more of a stocktaking than the really new
The future would have been shown to us. The following will be published next Thursday, 06.12.2018

my contribution in Art and Auctions: Art Law 2018 RA Dr. Hannes Hartungwhich I can send you in advance.

Fittingly I add my current practical guide for dealing with looted art in Germany.

An auction of a very special kind we were able to experience at Sotheby's in autumn,
in which, quite by chance, half of a Banksy was shredded after being knocked down.
This was a special kind of happening, which only has winners.
The happy buyer will certainly not assert any warranty claims due to material defects.

How do you see it? You can find out more in my statement in the WELT AM SONNTAG of 14.10.2018.

In New York, the lawsuit for the return of the Guelph treasure has been admitted.
The court already assumes for its international jurisdiction that an unlawful transaction is
of the Jewish merchant consortium in connection with the genocide must be present - otherwise it would be
Internationally not responsible. There is a nasty suspicion of a forced sale. Here it is 5 to 12
and I hope for a balanced solution. You too?

My detailed analysis in the WELT of 03.08.2018 read here.

The First experiences with the Cultural Property Protection Act were anything but good and
the plans for the European regulation do not bode well.

A You can read the analysis of the failed KGSG throw here.

May I conclude with a Contribution to artists' estates. 

I warmly recommend the beautiful publication "The art remains" from the BBK in Bavaria.

At my suggestion, an attempt is being made there to establish a Bavarian Art Heritage Foundation to

The aim is to establish a centre for the adequate care of the important Bavarian artists' estates.

We all hope for much encouragement and support in this important voluntary work.

Already today I wish you a pleasant Advent season and
Merry and peaceful Christmas with a happy new year.
and successful, healthy and happy new year 2019.

I would also like to draw your attention to our current exhibition by Katerina Belkina.
at GalerieKanzlei, which has just sold brilliantly at Sotheby's and will end with a finissage on 25 January 2019.

In February, we launch the new exhibition with an excerpt from the rich retrospective
by the famous Munich artist Peter Schermuly.

I would like to cordially invite you to this; for further information please contact me or go to

I wish you all the best and remain

With kind regards from Munich

Your Hannes Hartung