Immunity from Seizure:

Works of art for which immunity is currently sought by UK museums

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Canada
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Denmark
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Spain
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Turkey
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Uruguay
Yugoslavia

The UK's Protection for Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2007 provides immunity from seizure for works of art brought into the UK for temporary exhibition.  The legislation requires museums to publish a list of works intended to be brought into the UK for at least one month prior to the exhibition, with photographs and full provenance details of each object.  The MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Council) provides a link on its website to all current listings of proposed or existing loans covered by the legislation.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Institutions currently seeking immunity for forthcoming exhibitions are set out here, each with a complete list of works being borrowed from abroad.  : 

Previous loans

Details of loans to previous exhibitions covered by immunity from seizure include the following:

Birmingham:  Sun, Wind and Rain the Art of David Cox 31 January - 3 May 2009 - see list here;

British Museum: Shah ʿAbbas: The Remaking of Iran 19 February – 14 June 2009 - see list hereHadrian: Empire and Conflict 24 July – 26 October 2008 see the list hereMoctezuma: Aztec Ruler 24 September 2009 – 24 January 2010 - see list here; Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian book of the dead 4 November 2010 – 6 March 2011 see the list here

Compton Verney:  Fatal Attraction: Diana and Actaeon - The Forbidden Gaze 21 March - 31 May 2009 - see list hereConstable Portraits: The Painter and His Circle 27 June - 6 September 2009 - see list hereFrancis Bacon: In Camera 27 March - 20 June 2010 - see list here; Volcano: Turner to Warhol 24 July - 31 October 2010 - see list here.

Courtauld Gallery:  Michelangelo's Dream 18 February - 16 May 2010 - see the list here; Cezanne's Card Players 21 October 2010 – 16 January 2010 - see the list here: PLEASE NOTE TWO WORKS WITH UNCERTAIN 1933-1945 PROVENANCE

Dulwich Picture Gallery: Sickert in Venice 4 March – 31 May 2009 - see list hereThe Polish Connection, 16 July - 27 September 2009 - see list hereThe Wyeth Famity: Three Generations of American Art, 9 June - 22 August 2010 - see list here

Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge:  From the Land of the Golden Fleece: Tomb Treasures of Ancient Georgia, 2 October 2008 - Sun 4 January 2009 - see the list hereEndless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts, 16 June - 4 October 2009 - see list here;

Henry Moore Foundation: Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts  1 October 2008-4 January 2009 - see the list here

Manchester Art Gallery:  Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism 26 September 2009 - 10 January 2010 - see the list here;

National Gallery: Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian 15 October 2008-18 January 2009 - see the list hereSisley in England and Wales 12 November 2008 - 15 February 2009 - see the list here.  It includes three Sisley  paintings borrowed from German and Swiss museums which have uncertain provenance; Picasso: Challenging the Past  25 February - 7 June 2009 - see list hereThe Sacred Made Real: Spanish painting and sculpture 1600-1700 21 October 2009 - 24 January 2010 - see the list hereVenice: Canaletto and his Rivals 13 October 2010 – 16 January 2011
PLEASE NOTE THREE PAINTINGS WITH UNCERTAIN PROVENANCE 1933-1945 - a Guardi, Richter, and a Canaletto possibly looted from the collection of Isaak Rosenbaum of Berlin - see the list here

National Galleries Scotland:  Impressionist Gardens 31 July - 17 October 2010 - see list here

National Portrait Gallery: Constable Portraits: The Painter and His Circle  5 March-14 June 2009 - see list hereThe Indian Portrait 1560 – 1860 11 March – 20 June 2010 - see the list here; Irving Penn Portraits 18 February - 6 June 2010 - see the list here; Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance 21 October 2010-23 January 2011- see the list here.

Royal Academy: Miró, Calder, Giacometti, Braque: Aimé Maeght and his artists 4 October 2008-2 January 2009 see the list hereByzantium 330-1453 25 October 2008-22 March 2009 - see lists hereWild Thing: Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Gill  24 October 2009 to 24 January 2010 - see the list hereThe Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters 23 January - 18 April 2010 - see the list of US loans here and of European loans hereSargent and the Sea 10 July - 26 September 2010 - see the lists of US loans 1, 2 and 3

Royal Armouries: Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill From the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, New York 3 April 2009 – 17 January 2010 - see list here;

Tate: Francis Bacon 2008 11 September 2008-4 January 2009 - see the list hereVan Dyck and Britain 18 February -17 May 2009 - see list hereRodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism 12 February-17 May 2009 - see list hereRoni Horn aka Roni Horn 25 February - 25 May 2009 - see list hereFuturism 12 June - 20 Sep 2009 - see list herePer Kirkeby 17 June - 6 September 2009 - see list hereTurner and the Masters 21 September 2009 - 24 January 2010 - see list here; and note the Jacob von Ruisdael Rough Sea borrowed from the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, with Rudolf Heinemann in 1956; Pop Life: Art in a Material World 1 October 2009 - 17 January 2010 - see list hereChris Ofili  27 January - 16 May 2010 - see list here; Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World 4 February - 16 May 2010 - see list hereArshile Gorky: A Retrospective  10 February - 9 May 2010 - see list hereHenry Moore 24 February - 8 August 2010 - see list here; Tate Britain: Picasso and England  1 Jan 2012 until 01 Jan 2012 (sic) - see the list here; Tate Modern: Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera 28 May 2010 - 3 October 2010 - see the list here; Gauguin: Maker of Myth 30 September 2010-16 January 2011 - see the list here. To contact the Tate about any of these works of art, click here

Tate Liverpool: Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life in Vienna 1900  30 May 2008 - 31 Aug 2008see the list hereAfro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic  29 January - 25 April 2010 - see list herePicasso: Peace and Freedom 21 May 2010 - 30 Aug 2010 - see the list here

V&A: Maharaja: the Splendour of India's Royal Courts 10 October 2009 - 17 January 2010 - see the lists here and hereHorace Walpole and Strawberry Hill 6 March - 4 July 2010 - see the list here; Cold War Modern. Design, 1945-70  25 September 2008-11 January 2009 - see the list hereMagnificence of the Tsars.  Ceremonial Men's Dress of the Russian Imperial Court, 1721 - 1917  From the collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums. 10   December 2008 - 29 March 2009 - see the list hereBaroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence 4 April - 19 July 2009 - see list hereQuilts 1700-2010' 20 March - 4 July 2010 - see the list here

Wolverhampton Art Gallery: Dreams of Science: The Life of Charles Darwin in the Russian Imagination 29 November 2008 to 16 January 2009 - see the list here.

Dulwich Picture Gallery: Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness and Magic: 15 September - 28 November 2010 - see the list here.

Royal Academy: Treasures from Budapest: European Masterpieces from Leonardo to Schiele 25 September -12 December 2010 - see the lists here: Paintings 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8; Prints and Drawings 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; Sculptures 1, 2

Victoria & Albert : Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 25 September 2010 - 9 January 2011 - see list here.


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