Archive for December, 2007

Russia will allow an art exhibition to travel to Britain after it enacted a new law on Monday protecting loaned artworks from seizure over legal claims

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Russia set to allow art exhibit to travel to U.K. 31/12/2007 13:08 MOSCOW, December 31 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will allow an art exhibition to travel to Britain after it enacted a new law on Monday protecting loaned artworks from seizure over legal claims, a senior Russian culture official said. Russian authorities ...

Protected: Nigeria: Records from the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) show that these cultural objects are daily exposed to theft, globalisation and low patronage. Also working against them are environmental degradation, erosion, vandalism and poor appreciation

Monday, December 31st, 2007

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Priceless coin collection snatched in sting against auctioneers Adam Fresco; A chest of antique coins worth up to £300,000 was stolen by a gang in a sting on two auctioneers as they drove away from a exhibition centre

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Experts fear that the collection, which featured two gold coins of priceless historical value, could have been melted down. One of the coins can be dated back to 1826 and was worth up to £35,000. The gang of about six men and two women targeted two men from Dix Noonan ...

The U.K. government enacted a law aimed at clearing the way for an exhibition of masterpieces from Russia to go ahead next month in London

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

U.K. Passes Art Immunity Order to Clear Way for Russian Exhibit.  Culture Secretary James Purnell issued a legal order, to take effect from 12:01 a.m. London time tonight, to meet Russian concern that U.K. law did not protect artworks loaned from abroad against third-party seizure, the ministry said in an e-mailed ...

Treasure Hunt; Marion True: some preliminary thoughts on the New Yorker Interview

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

David Gill's LOOTING MATTERS blog. Images and links Marion True has presented her side of the recent saga of returning antiquities in an extended interview with Hugh Eakin ("Treasure Hunt: The Downfall of the Getty Curator Marion True", New Yorker, December 17, 2007). True became curator of antiquities at the J. ...

Investigators yesterday retrieved some broken pieces of the two stolen Vishnu statuettes from a dump on the city outskirts and the National Museum authorities confirmed that those belong to the 1,500-year-old relics

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Broken pieces of stolen artefacts recovered Experts primarily confirm their genuineness Julfikar Ali Manik and Emran Hossain Officials of the National Museum look at the recovered pieces of broken Vishnu statues at Amin Bazar on the outskirts of the capital yesterday. Two Vishnu statues were stolen from the Zia International Airport on December ...

After five days of artefact theft from Zia International Airport (ZIA), investigators yesterday said a ring of smugglers based at the airport destroyed the precious archaeological masterpieces and dumped them in a dustbin in Uttara

Friday, December 28th, 2007

ZIA-based smuggling ring destroyed stolen artefactsClaims Rab after arrest of 10 more but fails to recover remains in daylong search; motive still unexplainedJulfikar Ali Manik and Pinaki Roy

Bob Hecht: Fragments Of An Antiquities Conspiracy? Hugh Eakin’s recent "Treasure Hunt" story in The New Yorker profiling Marion True, the former Getty curator on trial in Rome for conspiracy to traffic in ancient art, devotes a column to True’s 1991 paper on the destruction of ancient cultural sites, giving the impression that the Italian government is to blame for looting half of that country’s Greek and Roman history because it may have neglected its sites – Eakin doesn't note that the entire country is an ancient site

Friday, December 28th, 2007

By Suzan Mazur (left) Thracian boxer ----------<<< >>>>------------- Three "ithyphallic" satyrs (right) Hugh Eakin’s recent "Treasure Hunt" story in The New Yorker profiling Marion True, the former Getty curator on trial in Rome for conspiracy to traffic in ancient art, devotes a column to True’s 1991 paper on the destruction of ...

Exhibit “To whom do these canvases belong? French policy on seeking the provenance, custodianship and restitution of art works looted during World War II”

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

The exhibit “To whom do these canvases belong? French policy on seeking the provenance, custodianship and restitution of art works looted during World War II” will be held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem from February 19 to June 4, and from June 24 to September 28 at the ...

Bangladeshi anti-crime agency arrested eight suspects Thursday following the theft of two rare 1,500-year-old statues that were headed to France for an exhibition

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Bangladesh Arrests 8 After Statue Theft DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Col. Gulzar Uddin Ahmed of the Rapid Action Battalion said authorities were using information given by the suspects to carry out raids on premises near the capital to recover two terra-cotta statues of Hindu god Vishnu.

A security guard on duty at the Sao Paulo Museum of Art on Dec. 20, when a Picasso and a Brazilian painting were stolen, is a suspect in the heist, O Globo reported, citing unidentified police officials

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Brazil Police Suspect Employee in Picasso Theft, Globo Reports By Adriana Brasileiro Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The security guard encouraged his colleagues to sleep while on duty overnight, telling them he would watch the video from security cameras, Globo said.

Tomb raiders pilfer Chinese history; Art gallery hosts controversial exhibit of archeological artifacts from China, most of which have been stolen

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Grania Litwin Times Colonist Thursday, December 27, 2007 It's called Treasures Unearthed: Chinese Archeological Artifacts, but the exhibition now on display at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria could also have been called Tomb Raiders because it features almost 500 objects stolen from Chinese tombs.

Interpol informe ses pays membres du vol d'un tableau de Picasso au Brésil

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

INTERPOL a informé ses pays membres que deux tableaux de très grande valeur - dont un Picasso - avaient été volés au Musée d'art de Sao Paulo (Brésil) le jeudi 20 décembre.

Ukrainian police have found a painting by the classical Russian realistic painter Ilya Repin that was stolen in April from a museum of arts in the West-Ukrainian city of Ternopol

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Ukrainian police finds stolen painting by Russian classic artist25.12.2007, 22.18 LVOV, December 25 (Itar-Tass) - Ukrainian police have found a painting by the classical Russian realistic painter Ilya Repin that was stolen in April from a museum of arts in the West-Ukrainian city of Ternopol. Vitaly Maksimov, the chief of Interior ...

Archaeologists and eminent citizens who had been opposing sending the country's artefacts to an exhibition in France welcomed the government decision of cancelling any further shipment of the artefacts until the relic heist incidence is resolved

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Govt decision to stop sending artefacts hailed. Archaeologists and eminent citizens who had been opposing sending the country's artefacts to an exhibition in France welcomed the government decision of cancelling any further shipment of the artefacts until the relic heist incidence is resolved. They also expressed their concern over retrieval of ...

L'exposition "Chefs d'oeuvre du Delta du Gange. Collections des musées du Bangladesh" était présentée par le musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet comme "l'occasion unique d'apprécier le patrimoine encore trop peu connu du Bangladesh, original et riche dans sa diversité géographique et religieuse"

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

La malédiction du musée Guimet Des sculptures en bronze et en pierre, des terres cuites, des manuscrits des périodes où prédominaient le bouddhisme et l'hindouisme, ainsi que des monnaies en argent et des objets décoratifs des sultans musulmans devaient être exposés. Un trésor archéologique et artistique dont les pièces les ...

Bangladesh wants a consignment of ancient artifacts on loan to France for an upcoming exhibition to be returned after two 1,500 year-old statues of the Hindu God Vishnu were stolen while awaiting shipment from Dhaka airport

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Bangladesh wants return of artifacts loaned to France Tue Dec 25, 2007 1:45pm GMT DHAKA (Reuters) - "The Guimet Museum (in Paris) would be informed, regretfully, that it would not be possible to go ahead with holding the exhibition of the items as planned," a statement from the office of the ...

Bangladesh cancels French museum show after theft of rare artefacts

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

DHAKA (AFP) — Bangladesh cancelled plans to send rare artefacts to Paris for a museum exhibition next year after two ancient statues of a Hindu deity were stolen en route to France.

Museum Security Network mailing list archive of messages December 1, 2006 – December 25, 2007

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

The index of Museum Security Network mailing list messages (2,427) is available on line as a Word document at: http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/MSN_messages_2007.doc Via this Word document all individual messages can be reached. Ton Cremers

Overzicht Museum Security Network mailinglist berichten over incidenten met cultuurgoed van 1 december 2006 tot en met 25 december 2007

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Tussen 1 december 2006 en 25 december 2007 werden 2.427 berichten over incidenten met cultuurgoed gestuurd naar de abonnees van de Museum Security Network mailing list. De index van deze berichten kan worden gedownload op: http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/MSN_messages_2007.doc. Dit Word bestand bevat links die rechtstreeks leiden naar alle berichten over incidenten in musea, bibliotheken, ...

Russia may give the go-ahead to a London exhibition of works from its museums after the U.K. government pledged to speed up passage of legislation protecting artworks from seizure

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Russia May Allow Show in London After U.K. Speeds Up Art Law By Henry Meyer Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Russia may give the go-ahead to a London exhibition of works from its museums after the U.K. government pledged to speed up passage of legislation protecting artworks from seizure.

Police in Bangladesh are searching for two statues of the Hindu god Vishnu which were stolen from Dhaka airport

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Vishnu is the second god in the Hindu triumvirate, which consists of three gods responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Brahma and Shiva. Hinduism is a minority faith in Bangladesh, which is overwhelmingly Muslim. The government's cultural affairs adviser, Ayub Quadri, ...

The British Museum says 'no' to Greece, again

Monday, December 24th, 2007

It was a spectacular sight by all accounts. A huge mass of marble covered with protective white material was raised from the top of one of the most well known rock tops in the world, the rock of Akropolis, some 165 meters above sea level, and was gently lowered down ...

Amid tight security, two 1,500-year-old terracotta Vishnu statues bound for an exhibition in Paris were stolen while in the custody of Air France at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) Saturday

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

2 Paris-bound statues stolen from ZIA France finds it 'highly suspicious' Staff Correspondent Named 'Vishnu' and 'Bust of Vishnu', the statues are from Gupta era of the seventh century. Since being discovered in a dig at Mahasthangarh of Bogra, they had been kept at the National Museum. Their insurance value totalled 45,000 euros ...

Reactie op column in Museumberichten van Siebe Weide, directeur Museumvereniging, over de brand in het Armando Museum en de sprinklerdiscussie

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Na de brand Museumberichten, november 2007, van de Museumvereniging bevat een column van de Museumverenigingdirecteur Siebe Weide met de titel Na de brand. Die column van Siebe Weide bevat enkele formuleringen die uitnodigen tot reactie.

Reactie op column in Museumberichten van Siebe Weide, directeur Museumvereniging, over de brand in het Armando Museum en de sprinklerdiscussie

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Na de brand Museumberichten, november 2007, van de Museumvereniging bevat een column van de Museumverenigingdirecteur Siebe Weide met de titel Na de brand. Die column van Siebe Weide bevat enkele formuleringen die uitnodigen tot reactie.

Brunei's most accomplished terrorist gangster Prince Jefri Archer is at the heart of allegations that artworks systematically looted from the UK ended up in Russian mobsters' hands

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Prince Jefri at heart of Royal Academy's Russian art theft fears Written by queen mudder London - (Even Worse Ass Mess): Brunei's most accomplished terrorist gangster Prince Jefri Archer is at the heart of allegations that artworks systematically looted from the UK ...

A plea for 'Marbles' in Parthenon

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Michael Reppas realized a lifelong dream last summer when he was granted the rare opportunity to set foot inside the Parthenon, a 2,500-year-old Greek structure that has been off limits to tourists for more than 15 years.

Picasso stolen from museum with no alarm; A MASP spokesman said earlier on Friday that until now, the museum had considered the security adequate; Sao Paulo state culture secretary Joao Sayad said security should have been the museum's No. 1 priority

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Thieves who stole a valuable Picasso painting from a Brazilian art museum this week apparently didn't have to work very hard. On Friday, officials admitted there wasn't much of a security system in place at the cash-strapped museum.

Museo brasileño sin seguro de robo

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Redacción BBC Mundo El "Retrato de Suzanne Bloch", de Picasso, está valorado en US$50 millones. Los responsables del Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo, en Brasil, donde esta semana robaron dos cuadros con un valor estimado de más de US$50 millones, admitieron que la colección no estaba asegurada. Además, reconocieron que ...

Protected: Klungelend Braziliaans museum onverzekerd

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

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ABNAMRO: This is the biggest art theft of the century

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

ABN Amro sells its art for €1 Friday 21 December 2007 ABN Amro sold its important art collection for a symbolic €1 to the ABN Amro Art Collection Foundation, just prior to the bank being taken over, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

Protected: Picasso theft museum ‘lacked finances’ for security

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

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I need your help in catching the thief of my artwork. My name is Suzanne Stryker and I am the artist. (Associated Press and other articles and TV coverage about this can be viewed at www.paintyoga.com.)

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Suzanne B. Stryker | campwiseacres@yahoo.com | paintyoga.com | This is the second time a painting of mine was stolen from my art exhibits this year – both were stolen from my solo shows at Entree Café Gallery in Fairfield Iowa, USA, which is in a busy section of town right across ...

Picasso Theft: Portrait of Suzanne Bloch

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Pablo Picasso, “Portrait of Suzanne Bloch”, 1904 Candido Portinari, “The Coffee Worker”, 1939 Thieves steal two valuable paintings from Sao Paulo Museum in a dawn raid on 20 December 2007 In the early hours of the 20December 2007 thieves broke into the Sao Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil, using only a crow ...

Thieves in Brazil have stolen two paintings said to be worth $100m (£50m) in a dawn raid on Latin America's most renowned museum

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Picasso stolen from Brazil museum  photo: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7154101.stm  Police said Pablo Picasso's Portrait of Suzanne Bloch, and The Coffee Worker by Brazil's Candido Portinari, were taken from the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo. The operation, which lasted about three minutes, was caught on security cameras, officials said.

Studiemiddag: Feiten & Fabels over sprinklerinstallaties

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Graag nodigen wij u uit voor de studiedag 'Feiten & Fabels over sprinklerinstallaties' op donderdag 7 februari 2008 in Museum Catharijneconvent te Utrecht. Het wordt een gesprek en discussie over het nut van de sprinklerinstallatie. De voor’s en tegen’s en ook de alternatieven komen aan bod. Welke maatregelen neem je ...

Fake Gauguin `Faun' Fools Curators

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Commentary by Martin Gayford Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Not since the days of the ingenious Dutchman Han van Meegeren has a forgery got so far. On Dec. 12, the Art Institute of Chicago said that ``The Faun,'' a ceramic sculpture attributed to Paul Gauguin in the museum's collection, was really the work ...

Acropolis Museum an unfinished project: The opening of a Greek museum in September will exert pressure on Britain to return priceless artifacts plundered from Athens' ancient Acropolis

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Located on a flat rock in the heart of Athens, the 5th-century BC structure is a beacon of antiquity that will soon be complemented by a modern museum at the southern foot of the Sacred Rock. According to Greece's Minister of Culture Mihalis Liapis, the transfer of antiquities to the Acropolis ...

Italy will celebrate the return of almost 70 masterpieces from the Roman, Greek, and Etruscan eras with an exhibition in Rome

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Italian Antiquities Going Home On Friday, On Friday, nearly 70 ancient masterpieces will go on display in Rome's Quirinale Palace. The exhibition is more than a celebration of the wonders of Roman, Greek and Etruscan art: it's the payoff for a long campaign the country's cultural authorities have waged against museums ...