Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art v. Buchel

Visual Artists Rights Act decision in Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art v. Buchel


The bitter legal battle between the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary At and the Swiss artist, Christoph Buchel, resulted in a noteworthy ruling in favor of the artist.

Buchel was commissioned to create a massive installation for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams but abandoned the project when numerous disputes over its budget and creative control arose. The museum sued Buchel, hoping for a ruling that it could still exhibit the unfinished installation.

The 1st Circuit ruled that the "right of integrity" under the Visual Artists Rights Act protects artists from a "distortion, mutilation or other modification of the work which would be prejudicial to his or her reputation or honor." This is true even if the work is unfinished.

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Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 1st Circuit, Massachusetts | United States

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