Golgotha Painting Lawsuit Begins

  • 8 Jul 2016 9:00 AM
Golgotha Painting Lawsuit Begins
The trial in which Hungarian-American art collector Imre Pákh is challenging the government’s decision to forbid the export of the painting Golgotha, owned by him, began yesterday at the Capital Public Administration and Labour Court.

Pákh is suing the Forster Heritage Protection Centre, which in February declared the painting by 19th-century artist Mihály Munkácsy to be a protected part of the national heritage, while it was on loan from Pakh, a resident of the US.

That decision came after Pakh rejected the government’s offer to buy the painting for $6 million, as he held out for a $9 million price.

Prime Minister’s Office leader János Lázár said at the time that the ban on the export of the artwork was an unsportsmanlike move but was made in the interest of the Hungarian state.

The court adjourned the trial to September 19.

Pákh alleged that this is a delaying tactic and said he will turn to international forums over the issue.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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