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Art Loans

By Norman Palmer


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Over 20 years have passed since the General Conference of UNESCO called on the nations of the world to adopt more effective legal initiatives for promoting all forms of exchange of cultural objects, including loans and exhibitions. This unique new work examines how those nations have responded to the challenge and provides a detailed analysis of the legal and practical mechanics of art lending.

Drawing on four years' research and an unrivaled knowledge of the common law of personal property, the author explores the pitfalls which lurk within every art loan, charts the modern trend towards achieving uniformity, and assesses the place of the modern art loan as a medium of cultural exchange.

Art Loans covers both domestic and international art lending and fully treats international touring exhibitions. The author's inquiry extends along three main dimensions:

  • a theoretical survey of the legal doctrines which bear upon art loans in chosen jurisdictions
  • a commentary on the commonly-used, standard forms of lending and borrowing agreements, with regard to the underlying doctrine
  • an analysis of the attitudes of museum officials and others to the operation of law and practice in the field.

    Its thorough coverage in this under-examined area makes Art Loans an essential point of reference for museums, private collectors, companies involved in art lending either primarily or incidentally, and their counsel.

  • Last Updated 07/01/1997
    Update Frequency As Needed
    Product Line Kluwer Law International
    ISBN 9789041106674
    SKU 10058853-0001
    Table of Contents
    1. The Scope of the Inquiry
    2. The Legal Nature of Art Loans
    3. Incentives and Constraints
    4. Title, Possession and Enjoyment
    5. Safekeeping, Insurance and Indemnity
    6. Old Loans and Unclaimed Works
    7. Other Matters of Common Provision
    8. Multiple Touring Exhibitions
    9. Intellectual Property Rights
    10. Derogatory Statements
    11. Limitation Periods
    12. Cross-Border Loans and International Dispute Resolution