CISAC advocates on behalf of visual artists for Argentina to adopt resale right

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Visual artists draw attention to the importance of resale right in front of the National Congress of Argentina.

On November 23rd, CISAC was in Argentina to help push forward the resale right during a performance organised by local society SAVA calling on the government to support a bill already approved by the Senate.

The concerted efforts are to support the bill pending in the National Congress of Argentina. If the pending bill is not approved by the Chamber of Deputies or even slightly modified by the end of 2017, it will be sent back and have to start anew despite two years of progress. 

An artist performance took place in front of the Congress, as well as a panel at the Fundacion Pablo Cassara. Visual artists and their heirs, media attended, as well as Senator and National Senate Human Rights Observatory Director Norma Morandini.

On the panel, Norma Morandini and CISAC Repertoires and Creators Relations Director Silvina Munich were joined by the renowned visual artist Daniel Santoro, heir to Pablo Curatella Manes, Jorge Curatella and visual artist Roberto Rey.

Former CIAGP President and French visual artist Hervé Di Rosa as well as CISAC Vice President Miquel Barceló are some of the internationally recognized visual artists who, have actively supported Argentina’s quest to adopt the resale right into law.

The resale right grants visual artists a percentage of the sale price when their works are sold in auction houses or galleries. Today, it exists in more than 80 countries, but many artists are losing out in countries where the right is not implemented into national law, such as the United States, China, Switzerland, Japan and Argentina.

For more information (in Spanish), watch this Telam interview of Silvina Munich and Norma Morandini: