Bronx Museum Delays Show of Cuban Art Following Concerns Over State Seizure of Works

June 8th, 2016

The Bronx Museum has delayed an exhibition of Cuban artworks, following concerns by the Cuban government that any works sent to the U.S. for the show may be seized in lieu of claims by American citizens.  There are $7 billion in outstanding claims over property seized by the Castro government during the 1959 revolution, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) in Havana had expressed concern over the works’ immunity from seizure.  “This is an issue that is going to be very difficult and I don’t see a short-term solution to it,” says Cuban art dealer Ramón Cernuda. “In the current climate, I really don’t see any important museums in the US wanting to convey an image of not caring for or considering valid claims to ownership of art or other claims against the Cuban government. It’s not just the uphill battle of getting the immunity, but the backlash that could come with that.”

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