- 16 Jun 2015 9:00 AM
“Retrieval of artwork on loan from other countries at Hungarian exhibitions is fully guaranteed,” the statement said, citing a 2001 law on the cultural heritage.
The law ensures “legal immunity” to cultural objects, and stipulates that artwork on display, if borrowed from abroad, shall not be seized even under an effective court ruling, the document added.
On June 9, the cabinet office initiated a procedure to prevent Mihály Munkácsy’s monumental painting “Golgotha” from being permanently removed from the country.
The owner, Hungarian-born American collector Imre Pákh, said that he would have “Golgotha” removed from the Déri Museum in Debrecen because talks on the possible sale of the work to the state have fallen through.
The painting is part of eminent 19thcentury painter Munkácsy’s famous “Christ Trilogy” and is currently on loan to the Déri Museum, where all three paintings are on display.
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