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“Sculptor Michael Hunt Stolbach was referred to Lehmann Strobel PLC by the Pennsylvania Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Stolbach explained that he had donated a papier mache mixed-media piece depicting a mummy covered with obituaries of AIDS victims inside a house made from a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the Albright College museum in memory of a friend. For a time the work was displayed by the museum, but he was later told that the work had been thrown away. Stolbach asked whether he had any claim against the museum for destroying his work.
“After reviewing the situation I determined Michael had a claim under the federal Visual Artists Rights Act and also under a similar Pennsylvania law” said Walter G. Lehmann. The Visual Artist Rights Act requires owners of certain works of art to notify the artist if they intend to destroy the work and give the artist an opportunity to reclaim it. An owner who fails to provide notice can be held liable for damages. “Assuming he can satisfy the requirements of the VARA statute, Michael has a claim against the museum” explained Lehmann. “He may also have a claim under a similar Pennsylvania law -- that would be a case of first impression.”
“Lehmann noted that the fact that it was a museum which destroyed the work is particularly shocking. “Museum curators should know better – destroying a work of art violates the museum’s mission to preserve the works in its collection.” Armed with Lehmann’s legal recommendation, Stolbach convinced the litigation firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius to take his case pro bono.”