Archive for January, 2008

UN vandals spray graffiti on Sahara’s prehistoric art. Spectacular prehistoric depictions of animal and human figures created up to 6,000 years ago on Western Saharan rocks have been vandalised by United Nations peacekeepers

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Archaeological sites boasting ancient paintings and engravings of giraffes, buffalo and elephants have been defaced within the past two years by personnel attached to the UN mission, known by its French acronym, Minurso.

A federal investigation into the smuggling and sale of looted Asian and American Indian antiquities has expanded to include stolen artifacts from Central America; a collector who is on the board of the Art Institute of Chicago; a gallery in Encino, Calif.; and a second alleged smuggler, according to federal court documents

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The investigation, which resulted last week in raids on a Los Angeles gallery and four museums in Southern California, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, was known to focus on artifacts taken from protected archaeological sites in Thailand, Myanmar, China and New Mexico. Additional search warrants released by ...

Protected: Insider theft. Archivist steals historic artifacts from the New York State Library. A state archivist looted a treasure-trove of historic artifacts from the New York State Library – including documents about Davy Crockett – and hawked them to pay off his daughter’s credit card debt, authorities said.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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Weimar: Versicherer sollen Anna Amalia Bibliothek fünf Millionen Euro zahlen. Mehr als drei Jahre nach dem Brand in der Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar befasst sich das Landgericht Erfurt mit dem Streit um Millionenzahlungen für verbrannte Bücher. Das Gericht schlug einen Vergleich mit den Versicherungen vor.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Die neun Versicherungen sollen fünf Millionen Euro an die Klassik Stiftung Weimar zahlen, schlägt das Gericht vor. Das ist ein Viertel der umstrittenen Summe. "Der Ausgang ist völlig offen", sagte der Vorsitzende Richter Karl-Heinz Buus beim Gütetermin. Der Versicherungsvertrag ist seiner Meinung nach nicht eindeutig formuliert. Strittig ist, ob ...

Protected: Beruf Kunstdetektivin. Auf der Jagd nach heißen Bildern. Sie ist die Deutschland-Chefin des internationalen "Art Loss Register", fahndet von Köln aus nach gestohlenen Kunstwerken und kennt fast alle Tricks und Kniffe der Räuber: Ulli Seegers, 37, ist eine der erfolgreichsten Spürnasen der Republik.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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Protected: Italy awaits biggest ever trial of tomb robbers. Operation Ghelas has uncovered ROME. Operation Ghelas, which has dismantled a major Italian antiquities smuggling operation stretching across Western Europe, will come to a climax in February when 70 defendants are brought before a judge for a preliminary hearing in Gela, southwest Sicily. The investigation, carried out by the Italian Cultural Patrimony Protection (TPC) squad, concluded last summer with an unprecedented 85 indictments and 52 arrests—the biggest bust ever of the tombaroli (“tomb raiders”). A ring stretching across western Europe.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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bizarre reactie van Marktplaats op de melding dat er een poging tot oplichting wordt gedaan op de Marktplaats site door de aanbieder van een valse Constant

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Zaterdag 26 januari meldde ik aan Marktplaats dat op  een Constant vervalsing wordt aangeboden. Het is mij bekend dat ik niet de enige ben die aan de bel trok over deze poging tot oplichting. Lees hieronder het antwoord van Marktplaats. Mijn reactie is te lezen aansluitend op het bericht van Marktplaats.

The museums and art-pilferers aren’t the good guys here as they are in the "Indiana Jones" movies as an ever-widening scandal envelopes the art and museum worlds at its highest levels. Art Museum Scandal Grows: Tax Fraud, Artifact Looting Alleged. Museums raided by FBI in art scandal as ongoing sting closing in on alleged art thieves in the highest halls of culture

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Four prominent Southern California museums and two male suspects got caught in an extensive FBI web that brought a 500-agent federal raid down upon them Thursday. The raids came after an ongoing investigation came to fruition regarding looted and smuggled art, allegedly taken from Thailand, China, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma) and ...

Mingei points to late curator in smuggling case. An art curator who was esteemed for his expertise but accused of consorting with art smugglers apparently led San Diego's Mingei museum into the illegal artifact ring busted by federal agents this week.

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

The Balboa Park institution is one of five California museums caught up in an investigation that is bringing attention to the gray areas of how pieces are acquired in the world of art collecting and museums.

Aanbod vervalste CONSTANT op Marktplaats door “Pierre” uit Breda

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Op Marktplaats wordt een vervalste Constant aangeboden op: Volgens experts is dit absoluut GEEN Constant en is de handtekening vervalst. Aangezien de verkoper, Pierre uit Breda, de geboorte- en sterfdatum van Constant Nieuwenhuis vermeldt in zijn advertentie wordt de indruk gewekt dat we hier te maken zouden hebben met DE ...

South California museums antiquities scheme: Man in Bowers probe says he did nothing wrong. Robert Olson supplied hundreds of pieces of ancient pottery and other artifacts to prominent museums throughout Southern California, court documents show, including the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Now, he’s at the center of an investigation into looted artifacts and alleged tax schemes that stretches from rural Thailand to the desert of New Mexico.

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

The man identified as "the smuggler" in a federal investigation into stolen artifacts lives in a cluttered two-bedroom apartment in Cerritos and works out of a pair of rented storage lockers sealed with cheap gym locks.Olson is 79 years old, with tired eyes and two days of white stubble on ...

Raids by federal agents newest black eye to American museums. It's another public relations debacle for the nation's museum industry, already tarred by reports that top institutions knowingly dealt in looted Italian artifacts.

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Federal agents carry material from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Thursday Jan. 24, 2008 in Los Angeles.Story Published: Jan 25, 2008 at 8:05 AM PSTStory Updated: Jan 25, 2008 at 8:05 AM PSTBy Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal agents raided several Southern California museums on Thursday, mostly ...

Mingei museum raided in art-smuggling probe. Federal investigation targets San Diego museum, four others in suspected Thai artifacts scheme

Friday, January 25th, 2008

By Tony Manolatosand Jeanette SteeleUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERS January 25, 2008 Federal agents raided the Mingei International Museum yesterday. Authorities said about 70 items there probably were illegally obtained. The Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park is one of five Southern California museums caught up in a federal investigation involving stolen ancient Thai artifacts, ...

Raids suggest a deeper network of looted art. Even after scandals, Southland museums pursued suspect artifacts, warrants say. Coordinated raids on four Southern California museums early Thursday suggest that the involvement of art institutions in the purchase of looted objects is far more extensive than recent high-profile scandals have indicated.

Friday, January 25th, 2008

By Jason FelchLos Angeles Times Staff Writer January 25, 2008 Even as the country's most prominent museums were embarrassed by revelations of stolen artifacts in their collections, several local museums continued to pursue objects they had reason to believe were taken illegally from Thailand, Myanmar, China and Native American sites within the ...

Four California Museums Are Raided by Federal Agents. Antiquities donated to museums to receive inflated tax deductions. Affidavits say curators appeared to be aware the objects they were accepting as donations had been looted or illegally imported.

Friday, January 25th, 2008

LOS ANGELES — Federal agents raided a Los Angeles gallery and four museums in Southern California on Thursday, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as part of a five-year investigation into the smuggling of looted antiquities from Thailand, Myanmar, China and Native American sites.The other institutions searched were ...

Indonesia is negotiating the return of an ancient Javanese stone that was first taken by a British colonialist in the 1800s and is now held by a family trust in Scotland.

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Indonesia negotiates return of ancient stone from Scotland. JAKARTA (AFP) — The Sangguran stone, a column dated 928 AD and inscribed with ancient Javanese characters, was taken from its site near the modern-day town of Malang in East Java in 1812, said Hadi Untoro Drajat of the culture ministry.

Federal agents raided four Southern California museums and a Los Angeles art gallery as part of a multi-year investigation into alleged illegal smuggling of Southeast Asian and Native American artifacts. The museums targeted Thursday morning were the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana,the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena and the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. The targets of the investigation are Robert Olson, an alleged art smuggler, and Jonathan Markell, the owner of Silk Roads Gallery in Los Angeles, which also was raided.

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

LOS ANGELES (CBS) ― The search warrants gave agents the authority to search the museum's galleries, storage areas offices and computers.


Thursday, January 24th, 2008

From: kwame opoku [] Maybe because I come from a country which has not been noted for warfare and aggressive actions, and does not see itself as permanently involved in wars, it is somewhat difficult for me to understand the vocabulary and metaphors of war which others use as their daily ...

Brand in Anna Amalia Bibliothek: Versicherung geklagt. Die Weimarer Klassikstiftung will 13 Mio. Euro für die weitere Restaurierung der historischen Bibliothek. Doch die Versicherung will nicht zahlen.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Die Weimarer Klassikstiftung klagt nach dem Brand in der Anna Amalia Bibliothek mehr als 13 Millionen Euro von ihrer Versicherung ein. Nach Angaben des Landgerichts Erfurt vom Dienstag wehrt sich die Versicherung gegen diese Forderung, da die Bücher nicht unter den Versicherungsschutz fielen. Er umfasse nur ausleihbare Gegenstände. Der Zivilprozess ...

Protéger les biens culturels, aussi sur Internet. Pour lutter contre le vol et le trafic illicite de biens culturels, la Suisse multiplie les accords bilatéraux. Dernière en date, une déclaration d'intention signée avec l'Egypte. Mais le problème se corse avec les ventes aux enchères en ligne. En décembre dernier, les autorités suisses ont pu bloquer la vente sur Internet d'un bien culturel irakien protégé. Les tablettes à écriture cunéiforme figurent sur la liste rouge des antiquités irakiennes en péril établie par le Conseil international des musées (ICOM). Et pourtant, l'un de ces précieux objets, daté de 2000 ans avant J.-C., s'est retrouvé mis aux enchères sur internet en Suisse à la fin de l'an dernier. Sa vente a pu être stoppée grâce à une collaboration inédite entre les autorités fédérales, la police zurichoise et la plateforme de ventes en ligne e-Bay. En amont, c'est un spécialiste des biens culturels irakiens qui avait alerté le bureau allemand des affaires criminelles, estimant que la tablette provenait probablement de fouilles clandestines. Or, conséquence de la guerre, le commerce de biens culturels irakiens exportés après 1990 est interdit en Suisse comme au niveau international. Si l'Irak est le seul pays à faire l'objet d'une ordonnance spécifique, Berne mène désormais une politique active en matière de trafic illicite de biens culturels.

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Un archéologue égyptien montre la statue du dieu des cimetières, Petah Sakar. Un trésor à protéger!Un marché important Depuis 2005, une loi permet en effet à la Suisse de conclure des accords bilatéraux avec les pays dont le patrimoine est menacé. Ainsi lors de son récent voyage en Egypte, le président ...

HYDERABAD: In a major heist, thieves gained entry into the State Museum at Public Gardens, Nampally, and stole several antiques – two swords, a spearhead and mosquito net supports with silver inlay; security at the museum was non-existent

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Theft at museum in high-security zone.  The Museum is located in a high-security zone - just a stone's throw from the Legislative Assembly and the Police Control Room - but had only six security guards on night duty. Two years ago a Bhoodevi stone sculpture had disappeared from the museum ...

The New York philanthropist Shelby White has ceded 10 classical antiquities from her private collection that Italy; Although Italy has successfully brokered accords for the return of artifacts over the last few years from American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, he said the arrangement with Ms. White was its first negotiated pact with a private collector in the United States. Unlike the museums, which will receive long-term art loans under the agreements, Ms. White will receive nothing other than Italy’s thanks in return.

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

ollector Returns Art Italy Says Was Looted. After 18 months of intense negotiations, the New York philanthropist Shelby White has ceded 10 classical antiquities from her private collection that Italy contends were looted from its soil, the Italian culture minister confirmed this week. Nine of the 10 ancient Greek and ...

BENIN TO BERLIN ETHNOLOGISCHES MUSEUM: ARE BENIN BRONZES MADE IN BERLIN? The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

The full 45 pp article by Kwame Opoku [], including photographs, is available at: "The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks."Gert v. Paczensky ...

Borrelpraat van Minister Herfkens in 2001 (en de borrelpraat van Herfkens gaat 2008 in New York onverbeterd verder….)

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Borrelpraat van Minister Herfkens (zie ook verwikkelingen rondom Herfkens als VN medewerker in New York aan het einde van dit artikel) Bij het Algemeen Overleg Buitenlandse Zaken, met name Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, sneed kamerlid Sharon Dijksma (PvdA) de problematiek in West Afrika rondom de roof van cultuurgoed aan en vroeg minister Herfkens of de ...

The 22nd Annual National Archives Preservation will take place on Monday, March 10, 2008. The location this year will be the William McGowan Theater in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The title of the conference is: The ABCs of Modern Fire Suppression in Cultural Institutions

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The conference program will provide an in-depth review of fire suppression systems appropriate for the protection of archives and other cultural property. There will be an examination of what had been utilized in the past and what modern systems are being used effectively. The program will also feature insights as to ...

THE Benin Youth Council (BYC) has urged the authorities of the Benin Museum to come up with useful information that would assist in the recovery of the missing Benin artifacts estimated at over one hundred million dollars, saying that their alleged “calm posture” on the issue is worrisome to the Benins

Monday, January 14th, 2008

The Public Relation Officer of the BYC, Mr Aigbe Osakhue in a statement recalled that a socio-cultural group in the state, the Benin National Congress (BNC) had earlier petitioned the House of Representatives on the issue, but because the authorities of the museum had alleged refused to offer useful ...

In the coda to a long tug of war, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is bidding goodbye to the Euphronios krater, a 2,500-year-old vessel that has been a showpiece of its collection for more than three decades. Sunday is the last viewing day. The krater, a Greek bowl for mixing water and wine, will be sent to Italy as part of an agreement reached nearly two years ago with that country’s government, which has long contended that the artifact was illegally excavated from a tomb in Cerveteri, near Rome.

Friday, January 11th, 2008

January 11, 2008. Inside Art. Ciao to a Met Prize Returning to Italy. By CAROL VOGEL The Met bought the krater in 1972 for $1 million from Robert Hecht, an antiquities dealer who is now on trial in Rome on charges of conspiring to traffic in looted artifacts. (Mr. Hecht denies ...

De Montebello oversaw a groundbreaking agreement with the government of Italy that had the museum returning looted artifacts in exchange for loans of other treasures. The agreement was considered a model for other museums dealing with the possibility of stolen goods in their collections.

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Met's de Montebello called 'leading museum director of our time' By any measure, it's an extraordinary career _ three decades as head of one of the world's preeminent art institutions.

La Suisse et l'Egypte veulent lutter contre le vol et le trafic illicite de biens culturels. Les deux pays vont signer en avril un accord qui règlemente l'importation et la restitution de tels biens

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Le président de la Confédération Pascal Couchepin et le ministre égyptien de la Culture Farouk Hosni ont signé au Caire une déclaration d'intention allant dans ce sens. L'accord lui-même sera paraphé lors du prochain Salon du livre de Genève en avril, a dit M. Hosni à la presse après son ...


Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

This was not your standard art theft. There was no break-in, no guards tied to a chair, no high speed chases and no laser beams from the ceiling. What Brigham Young University Museum had to contend with was a Collections Manager who decided to help himself to hundreds of paintings ...

Watkins museum gets new sprinkler system; 120-year-old building switches from gas to water for fire suppression; The switch from gas to water is being made after a lightning strike two years ago caused most of the gas to be expended when the suppression system was set off

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Steve Douglas, foreman with Jayhawk Fire Sprinkler Co. in Topeka, installs water pipe lines Tuesday in the attic of Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. The museum is in the process of installing a new sprinkler system inside the museum.

Police recovered paintings by Pablo Picasso and Candido Portinari worth millions of dollars stolen last month from Brazil's leading modern art museum and have two suspects in custody

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — The painting were found undamaged and covered in plastic, leaning against a wall inside a house on the outskirst of Sao Paulo after one of the suspects led authorities to the home, said Mauricio Lemos Freire, the city's chief police inspector.

BANGLADESH DECIDES NOT TO LEND NATIONAL ART TREASURES TO MUSÉE GUIMET,PARIS. COULD AN AFRICAN COUNTRY DARE TO DO THE SAME? (Would the Government be bold enough to say enough is enough and terminate its collaboration with the European museum?)

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

The Government of Bangladesh decided on 25 December to cancel its collaboration with the Parisian Musée Guimet after the theft of two statutes of Vishnu, 1500 years old in the International Freight Zone at the Dhaka Zia International Airport.

Belohnung für die Kunsträuber bringt geplünderte Schätze zurück; Im Irak gelangen zurzeit massenhaft Antiquitäten zurück in die Museen. Nach zahllosen Plünderungen während der US-Invasion im Frühjahr 2003 zahlen die Behörden jetzt Belohnungen für die Rückgabe; Das Geld zeigt Wirkung

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Manche der Kostbarkeiten überdauerten  10.000 Jahre, doch der Krieg im Irak ließ die Kunstschätze  Mesopotamiens in die Hände von Plünderern fallen. Zehntausende  antike Stücke verschwanden während der US-Invasion im Frühjahr  2003. Der neue Kulturminister sorgt dafür, dass zumindest ein Teil  davon den Weg zurück ins Museum findet. „In einer Woche allein ...

Le Bangladesh ne veut pas payer pour le retour de ses trésors; Après l'annulation de l'exposition «Chefs-d'œuvre du delta du Gange» au Musée Guimet, la polémique rebondit

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Le Bangladesh ne veut pas payer pour le retour de ses trésorsLe rocambolesque feuilleton de l'exposition avortée « Chefs-d'œuvre du delta du Gange », qui devait s'ouvrir au Musée Guimet le 9 janvier, n'a pas encore trouvé son épilogue. Après l'annonce, le jour de Noël, de l'annulation (nos éditions du ...

The University of Virginia plans to return two ancient Greek sculptures to Italy nearly three decades after tomb raiders looted them from Sicily

Friday, January 4th, 2008

University of Virginia to return looted Greek statues to Italy CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (AP) - The acroliths of the Greek goddesses were created about 525 B.C. out of cloth, wood and marble. They have been on display at the university's art museum since being donated to the institution in 2002.

Three more fragments of the stolen statues the 'Bust of Vishnu' and the black-coloured 'Vishnu' were recovered from Baliarpur of Aminbazar dump yard yesterday.

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Vishnu's torn face recovered from Aminbazar Kailash Sarkar A Rapid Action Battalion personnel displays part of a stolen statue, which the Rab claims to be the "Bust of Vishnu", recovered from Baliarpur rubbish dump in Aminbazar yesterday. Photo: STAR The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered the face and a fragment of left hand ...


Friday, January 4th, 2008

I become slightly nervous these days when I see an article or a note on the question of restitution of art signed by a European or American museum director, wondering whether we are going to read something that the normal person can understand even if he does not ...

Another Art Loss Register I.D. Leads to a Recovery; Winterhalter Painting Was Located by the Art Loss Register Ltd for the Max Stern Estate

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

PRESS RELEASE - Winterhalter Painting Was Located by the Art Loss Register Ltd for the Max Stern Estate – For Immediate Release A painting attributed to Franz Xaver Winterhalter that US District Judge Mary Lisi ordered on 27 December 2007 be returned to the representatives of the estate of Max Stern ...

Auf Kunstmarkt laut Ermittlern immer mehr illegale Objekte; Computersystem unterstützt Ermittler bei Aufklärung von Kunstdelikten – Projekt des LKA Baden-Württemberg

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Stuttgart (AP) Kunst hat eine große Anziehungskraft, besonders auf Diebe. Dabei muss es nicht die «Mona Lisa» oder Edvard Munchs «Der Schrei» sein, damit es Gaunern in den Fingern juckt. Marienstatuen oder archäologische Tonschüsseln sind beispielsweise genauso wie Gemälde geschätztes Diebesgut. Da Kunstdelikte kein Einzelfall sind, ermittelt das Landeskriminalamt Baden-Württemberg ...