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Art legislation

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Art legislation involves two key legislative areas—the recognition of intellectual property rights and the protection of cultural properties. After World War II, many countries enacted laws to protect their cultural heritage, and after the 1960s, concern over the destruction of archaeological sites and the looting of art treasures resulted in international treaties and laws to stem the black-market trade.

Affonso Eduardo Reidy

Image of Museu de Arte Moderna

Completed in 1959, the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro includes an exhibition building suspended from trapezoidal portal frames over an open ground floor. Appearing logical yet organic, the museum illustrates the spatial and structural innovation typical of its architect, Alfonso Eduardo Reidy.

In this update, Grove Art publishes 26 emendations and 56 articles that have been updated and revised with new scholarship.

Dulwich Pink Gallery

Collection Guides

Join Oxford Art Online on a tour of unique art collections around the world! Written by experts and curators, our Collection Guides present the history and highlights of museums and galleries.

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Grove Guide to the Art Market

Explore the new Grove Art subject guide on the art market, which brings together articles related to finance, art law, provenance, cultural heritage, collecting, connoisseurship, galleries, auction houses, and dealers.

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UpdateGAO

UpdateGAO is an ongoing initiative to revise Grove’s articles in collaboration with their original authors, yielding updates to reflect recent developments and new scholarship. Have you contributed to Grove and want to update your article(s)? Let us know.

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Latin American Art

Grove Art continues a major initiative to revise and expand Grove’s content on Latin American art and architecture. Led by Tom Cummins at Harvard University, this project includes scholarship on topics from the Pre-Columbian period to present day.