The Met nixes Russian art loan over Chabad archive

By JTA
August 16, 2011 11:50

 
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NEW YORK - New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art reportedly has canceled plans for an art loan to a Russian museum in the ongoing dispute over a Chasidic archive.

The Metropolitan Museum had planned to lend 35 items by fashion designer Paul Poiret to the Kremlin Museum in Moscow for a September show. A number of loans between the two museums have been affected by the dispute over the archive of religious books and documents, which a US District Court in Brooklyn has ruled belongs to the Chabad movement.

The archive of 12,000 books and 50,000 other documents assembled by Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn was seized during the Russian Revolution and the Nazi invasion, and then later by the Russian army.

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