There are plans to legally restrict the export of some paintings from Germany, and so far the proposed policy is not working out well. Collectors are rushing to take their loans off museum walls and get them out of the country, or hold them incognito.
The law would apply to works of historical importance more than fifty years old, worth more than 150,000 euros, and judged by regional boards to be of historic importance. It is interesting which works may fall under this designation:
In one interview, she [Germany’s culture minister] raised the prospect that foreign works could be classified as national treasures. For example, she said the Warhol silk-screens of Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando that were sold by the state-owned casino were “emblematic” of the collecting history of the Rhineland.
Apparently Gerhardt Richter is a hard-core libertarian, like most other painters, because he asserted: “No one has the right to tell me what I do with my images.”
For the pointer I thank Cyril Morong, a loyal MR reader.