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Restitution of colonial art

Do colonial artefacts from 55 African countries have to be returned by museums in the Netherlands and beyond? If so, what is the (legal) basis for restitution? Since the recent …

Seminar New Privacy Law (GDPR)

On Monday 16 April 2018 Russell Advocaten will organize a seminar where we will discuss the new European privacy rules that will take effect in the Netherlands, the General Data …

Why choose Russell Advocaten?

Art law practice

Russell Advocaten is a corporate full-service law firm in the Netherlands with a leading position in art and law. Russell Advocaten is internationally renowned for being one of the most important specialists in the field of art and law. We aim to provide our clients with assistance, legal advice and litigation services. With decades of experience in the art law field, we have advised many international art dealers, collectors and museums from around the world in disputes relating to works of art, such as paintings, drawings, etchings, installations and sculptures, both old and modern.

Our clients seek advice on specific questions, such as auction purchase, consignment, or resale right.

“Russell Advocaten has an internationally renowned art law practice and advises art dealers, collectors and museums.” (from: The European Legal 500)

Areas of Expertise

A range of legal issues may arise relating to an art collection or a specific work of art. The complexity of the art world and the field of art and law require the consultation of a specialized lawyer. Russell Advocaten has a vast amount of experience in the following:

  • National and international sale and purchase of art and art auctions
  • False or wrong attribution, forgery and fraud
  • Ownership disputes (bona fide buyers)
  • Valuation
  • Provenance / Good governance
  • International art fairs
  • Commission agreements, (sub-)consignment
  • agreements and exhibition loans
  • Artists’ (resale) rights
  • War-looted art