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National Gallery of Australia Returns Stolen Art to Indiaon July 30, 2021 at 12:25 am

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The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) will repatriate 14 works of art from its Asian art collection back to the Indian government. The thirteen works were purchased from New York-based antiquity dealer Subhash Kapoor, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for running an international smuggling racket. One was acquired from art dealer William Wolff. The repatriated art includes six sculptures, six photographs, a brass processional standard, and a painted scroll. The decision comes after years of research, due diligence, and a change in approach to the legal principles and ethical considerations behind its collections. “This is the right thing to do, it’s culturally responsible, and the result of collaboration between Australia and India,” NGA Director Nick Mitzevich said in a statement (pdf). “We are grateful to the Indian Government for their support and are pleased we can now return these culturally significant objects.” Mitzevich told the AAP that the physical …

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