Wednesday, March 16, 2011
New York Times picks up story about Dallas Museum of Art being sued
The museum stands firm that the man suing them only wants more money out of his wealthy mother's estate.
DALLAS On Friday, a lawsuit was filed against the Dallas Museum of Art by Arnold Leon Schroeder Jr., the son of philanthropist Wendy Reves. Reves and her third husband Emery Reves are donors of the Wendy and Emery Reves collection at the DMA, which includes nearly 1,500 paintings by Van Gogh and Renoir, among others.
Emery Reves died in 1981 and Wendy Reves died in 2007. The Reves family is wealthy, no question, and Wendy Reves lived in France in Coco Chanel's villa.
Schroeder is suing the museum because museum officials "conspired to circumvent French law by secreting the collection — which the suit values at $400 million — out of France, thus cheating [Schroeder] of his right under French law to half of his mother’s estate," the New York Times writes.
The DMA says no way. In a statement re-posted by Unfair Park, they write, in part:
In the current lawsuit, Mr. Schroeder and his legal counsel have put forth a dramatic story that is untrue in many significant respects. They depict Wendy Reves as an ailing old woman who was manipulated into supporting charities in Dallas against her will. In fact, anyone who knew Wendy Reves is well aware that she was very clear, direct, and in charge of her life, including her intentions for her own estate and for the trusts created by Emery Reves that she directed. These donations followed the wishes of her late husband, and many of them were made decades before she passed away, including the 1983 gift to the Dallas Museum of Art of the Reves Collection.
Mr. Schroeder, an American citizen living in California, is hoping that French "forced heirship" laws will be applied to Wendy Reves's estate, thus entitling him to one-half of her assets, rather than the $500,000 left to him in her will.
The suit also wraps former UT Southwestern president Kern Wildenthal into the whole mess. They respond thusly:
Wendy Reves has made several donations to Dallas
arts causes, including to Susan G. Komen and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
Read the full lawsuit here.
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