International treaties and art

International treaties and art Films

International Journal of Cultural Policy

  • Author(s): Braman, Sandra
  • Secondary Author(s): LaFlamme, M
  • Tertiary Author(s): LaFlamme, M
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: PAW Media
  • Volume: 14

Abstract: International treaties shape the legal context for the arts, provide policy tools for political ends, and reveal roles of the arts in state identity. Culture-specific instruments, general agreements with cultural provisions, general agreements without culture-specific provisions, and general statements of principle are all pertinent. Since 1990, treaties have intervened in the global division of labor and the entry of works into the art market, forced transformations of domestic law, and illuminated ways in which differences in legal cultures are valuable for those who would break the law. Treaties highlight complexities of national identity, exacerbate national/regional tensions, support restitution, and draw attention to human rights issues. Conflicts over art have also become an explicit part of the world of foreign policy.

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