Spain Publishes List of Art Seized During Civil War

June 14 2024

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Picture: The Guardian

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Guardian #mce_temp_url# (<----CLICK HERE FOR LINK) have published news that the Spanish state have published a list of art seized during the civil war and Franco dictatorship. This includes 5,000 items, covering paintings as well as the decorative arts.

According to the article:

The inventory, which is part of the government’s efforts to bring “justice, reparation and dignity” to the victims of the conflict and the subsequent dictatorship, was posted online on Wednesday. [...]

Spain’s culture minister, Ernest Urtasun, said the list was about much more than his department fulfilling the obligations set out in the Democratic Memory law, which was approved by the senate in October 2022.

“We’re offering a space in which people can learn about our history,” he said. “We’re also opening the door to returning those pieces that can be identified to their rightful owners.”

The ministry said that applications for the return of the lost items would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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