NGA repatriates 14 objects to India, valued at over $3M

Updated policy overlays ethical lens on collecting, with implications for First Nations collections, and ushering a next chapter for National Gallery of Australia.
Detail of repatriated Indian artwork from NGA Collection.

This has been a long story, but we are now witnessing its conclusion.

The name Subhash Kapoor – the art dealer behind the Art of the Past global fraud case – first became known to the Australian public in 2014. Since then, Kapoor has been exposed (along with seven other co-conspirators), for trafficking over 2,600 objects valued at approximately $US143 million through his New York gallery.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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