Delocque-Fourcaud v. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Delocque-Fourcaud v. L.A. County Museum of Art, No. CV 03-5027-R(CTx) (C.D. Cal. 2003).
In this important case concerning 25 paintings on loan from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (“LACMA”), the grandson of a Russian collector challenged the right of LACMA to show the paintings, which had been taken from his grandfather’s collection following the Bolshevik Revolution and nationalized by Lenin. LACMA argued that because it had applied for and received immunity under the Federal Immunity from Seizure Act, its right to display the works . . . .
California Statute - Penal Code § 496, Receiving or concealing stolen property; Duty of swap meet vendor or personal property dealer or collector to make reasonable inquiry; Action for damages; Attempts
Foreign Relations and Intercourse, 22 U.S.C. § 2459, ("Federal Immunity from Seizure Act"), Immunity from Seizure of Cultural Objects Imported for Temporary Exhibition or Display