Hungarian Cabinet Office Moves To List Another Munkácsy Painting

  • 17 Jun 2015 9:00 AM
Hungarian Cabinet Office Moves To List Another Munkácsy Painting
Plans are afoot to include Mihály Munkácsy’s state-owned painting Christ before Pilate on a list of protected artworks. The move by the prime minister’s office in conjunction with the National Bank of Hungary comes on the heels of another initiative to include Munkácsy’s privately owned Golgotha on the protected list which prevents a work from being taken out of the country. Further, any change in the paintings’ ownership or location must be reported to the state, which has pre-emption rights.

“B y initiating another listing procedure, the government is confirming its dedication to keeping outstanding works of our national painting in Hungarian sphere of interest,” the cabinet office said in a statement.

Last week the cabinet office instructed the Forster Centre, Hungary’s cultural heritage authority, to begin the procedure to list Golgotha, which is part of the trilogy to which Christ before Pilate also belongs.

The Forster Centre said earlier that artworks borrowed from abroad to be displayed in Hungary on condition that the object should in the future be returned to the country of origin cannot be placed on a national list of protected artwork.

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