International News Digest

MAY 29

Who owns the rights to photos of performance art? According to Der Standard, a new ruling by the Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe will allow the Beuys Museum in Schloss Moyland to display photographs taken of the artist’s fat and chocolate actions without first obtaining permission from his widow’s estate. The decision overturns a Dusseldorf court’s 2009 ruling that the museum’s eighteen photographs could only be exhibited with Eva Beuys’s approval. Now, according to the federal court, while the 1964 performance is protected under copyright, the photographs, which were taken by Manfred Tischer, are “unsupported material.”

Nils Jennrich, the Beijing-based general manager of Integrated Fine Art Solutions who was jailed by the Chinese government for one hundred days, is now returning home, according to Katie Hunt in the Art Newspaper. The German art shipper was detained, along with a colleague, for allegedly underreporting the value of art and evading a total of $1.6 million in taxes. While Jennrich has been free on bail since August of last year, he was barred from leaving the country. A lawyer representing him said that Chinese authorities permitted him to go back to Germany based on “humanitarian grounds”—his parents are sick and his fiance is pregnant. “It is really a diplomatic rather than legal solution,” Murphy said. “The German government has been raising this issue.” Though Jennrich has signed a letter agreeing to return to China, “it’s not clear by what means Chinese authorities could compel him to return,” reports Hunt.

Tate Britain is undergoing a reorganization of sorts: Director Penelope Curtis has announced that the museum will now be displaying its collection of British art in chronological order. The pieces, which span from the sixteenth century to today, will no longer be grouped by theme or school. “We want to offer a more neutral way of perceiving the collection,” Curtis said in Monopol. “We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.”