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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 . . . .

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