How to Skirt the Russian Art Embargo, Two Goyas Stolen, and More

Kanye West. (Courtesy Kanye West/Def Jam)

Kanye West. (Courtesy Kanye West/Def Jam) (Photo courtesy Def Jam)

At the Museum of Russian Art in Minnesota, Russian curators and American arts officials found a way to skirt the little-known arts embargo between the two nations, which has been in place for five years. The embargo is actually the result of a dispute between the Russian government and orthodox Jewish group Chabad over ownership of historical documents and international jurisdiction. A variety of Russian cultural organizations collaborated to bring reproduce items and bring them other places in Europe in order to bring Russian photographs and artifacts to the U.S. for the exhibit, which opened September 26.

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How to Skirt the Russian Art Embargo, Two Goyas Stolen, and More