Archive for March, 2008

Greece is stepping up the pressure on Britain to return one of the ancient world's most valued treasures: the Elgin Marbles, sculptures removed from the Parthenon in the early 1800s and housed in the British Museum.

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Greece to Britain: Hand over artwork By Jeffrey Stinson, USA TODAY LONDON — Greece announced earlier this month that, after years of delays, it would open its new Acropolis Museum in Athens in September. The modern structure would allow it to properly display and preserve the sculptures from the fifth century ...

British Museum and Africas stolen artefacts

Monday, March 31st, 2008

A year ago, British Prime Minster Gordon Brown pledged support for the UK’s first ‘Museum of Britishness’. Meanwhile the British Museum still refuses to return the artefacts raided and pillaged from Africa as recent as a hundred years ago.The proposal for what would be the first National Museum of British ...

Art casualties from Tibet to Cambodia find an eager market

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

By Souren MelikianNew York: One thing art market actors cannot be accused of is being squeamish. If anyone should harbor any doubts on that score, the auctions of "Indian & South-East Asian Art" held on March 19 at Sotheby's and March 21 at Christie's will have dispelled them.

Algemene Uitgangspunten Museumbeveiliging

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

We hebben een document van 40 pagina's gemaakt met algemene uitgangspunten over risicoklasse-indeling, risicoanalyse, (OBECMA) maatregelen. O = organisatorisch; B =  bouwkundige; E = elektronisch; C = compartimentering;  M = meeneembeperkende maatregelen; A = alarmopvolging (eisen aan elektronica en organisatie, vooral met het oog op de nieuwe regels van de Raad ...

Objectbeveiliging in musea; een theoretische benadering

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

 Inleiding Objectbeveiliging in musea – niet te verwarren met de term ‘beveiliging van objecten’ zoals die elders in de beveiligingswereld wel gebruikt wordt - is een betrekkelijk jonge ontwikkeling en behelst in ruime zin de bescherming van kunstvoorwerpen tegen diefstal en beschadiging. Het getuigt van realiteitszin te onderkennen dat de risico’s ...

Objectbeveiliging in musea

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Inleiding Objectbeveiliging in musea – niet te verwarren met de term ‘beveiliging van objecten’ zoals die elders in de beveiligingswereld wel gebruikt wordt - is een betrekkelijk jonge ontwikkeling en behelst in ruime zin de bescherming van kunstvoorwerpen tegen diefstal en beschadiging. Het getuigt van realiteitszin te onderkennen dat de risico’s ...

Web giant eBay should be banned from operating in France unless it conforms to domestic auction law

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Keeping eBay at BayBy Simon HewittPublished: March 29, 2008 Web giant eBay should be banned from operating in France unless it conforms to domestic auction law, says the country’s auction watchdog, the Conseil des Ventes.

traffickers in stolen historical documents

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

To Catch a Thief How a Civil War buff's chance discovery led to a sting, a raid and a victory against traffickers in stolen historical documents * By Steve Twomey * Smithsonian magazine, April 2008

Parthenon Marbles Case Overshadowed by Iraq Looting

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Last week's UNESCO conference in Athens on the Return of Cultural Objects to their Countries of Origin was intended to draw attention to the issue of the London-based Parthenon Marbles. Instead, news reports of last week's conference were dominated by yet more column inches on the Iraq War. (International Herald ...

Kees Verwey: Relaas van een gewelddadige overval, het verlies en een doodlopend onderzoek

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Gestolen kunst is verloren kunstRelaas van een gewelddadige overval, het verlies en een doodlopend onderzoekGepubliceerd: 25 maart 2008 06:30 | Gewijzigd: 26 maart 2008 08:14Tatiana Scheltema

Kees Verwey: Relaas van een gewelddadige overval, het verlies en een doodlopend onderzoek

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Gestolen kunst is verloren kunstRelaas van een gewelddadige overval, het verlies en een doodlopend onderzoekGepubliceerd: 25 maart 2008 06:30 | Gewijzigd: 26 maart 2008 08:14Tatiana Scheltema

NEFERTITI, IDIA AND OTHER AFRICAN ICONS IN EUROPEAN MUSEUMS: THE THIN EDGE OF EUROPEAN MORALITY

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

 I was once asked by someone, who was aware of my view that African art objects in European museums should in principle be returned to Africa, which of the African queens in European museums, Nefertiti or Ida was the most beautiful.

Zimbabwe: Professor claims to have discovered Ark of the Covenant

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

MedianewsSunday March 3 LONDON - Like another famous swashbuckling treasure hunter, he has a fear of snakes.He's not averse to associating with mystics, charlatans and crooks in his quest forprized artifacts.    

Indonesia: Raiders of Solo's lost art

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

With an air of nonchalant gravitas befitting his 1300 years, Mahakala, the guardian of life and wisdom, stands inside a tiny police storeroom in Solo in central Java. Beside him are four other ancient Hindu stone deities. Opposite are five pretenders, fakes installed in Indonesia's oldest museum, all silent witnesses ...

BENIN IN BERLIN: A SUCCESSFUL RECONCILIATION OF THE AESTHETIC AND THE ETHNOLOGICAL

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

The exhibition, BENIN, 600 YEARS OF COURTLY ART FROM NIGERIA, Museum of Ethnology, Berlin, 7 February 2008-25 May 2008, has demonstrated beyond all reasonable doubt that there are no unbridgeable obstacles to presenting an exhibition which fulfils the demands of a good ethnological presentation of art works and artefacts and ...

theft alert: four diaries by the noted John Deere engineer Theo Brown stolen

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

From: Obien, Rodney G. [mailto:robien@WPI.EDU] Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2008 6:19 AM To: museum-security@museum-security.org Subject: RE: Question - Posting Lost/Stolen Cultural Artifact On March 7, 2008, 22:05 pm (10:00pm), a black courier bag containing four diaries by the noted John Deere engineer Theo Brown was stolen. The incident took place outside the bus terminal ...

Investigator of Baghdad museum looting says antiquity smuggling finances terror

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The Associated Press Wednesday, March 19, 2008 ATHENS, Greece: When Baghdad fell to the U.S.-led coalition that toppled Saddam Hussein, the world watched in horror as looters ransacked the museum that housed some of Iraq's most prized treasures.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Biggest art heist ever still unsolved

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Experts: Unlikely to happen now By Shaun Sutner TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF ssutner@telegram.com

Trade in stolen Iraqi treasures fuels al-Qaida

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The flourishing underground trade in Iraqi antiquities is helping fund insurgents in the war-torn country, the man credited with saving thousands of treasures plundered from the National Museum of Iraq said yesterday.

Gardner museum chief repeats reward offer; 13 masterpieces were stolen nearly two decades ago

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

By Stephen Kurkjian, Globe Correspondent | March 16, 2008The director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum issued a plea for the slightest piece of information about the masterpieces stolen nearly two decades ago and repeated the offer of a $5 million reward for their return.

SmartWater Outsmarting musical instrument thieves

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Allianz: Outsmarting musical instrument thieves The FINANCIAL -- Allianz Musical Insurance in the UK offers its customers a new service: with SmartWater, each instrument receives a unique invisible identification.

Protected: looted Nazi art scandal at Claremont McKenna College

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

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Cultural 'first aid': Dutch funding for local expertise

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

by Dheera Sujan 11-03-2008 Most of us watched it on TV with bated breath. Those who didn't turn their heads away at the moment of the explosion would have seen a giant cloud of dust and then huge pieces of sand-coloured stone falling in slow motion to the ground. The sharper eyed ...

A Dramatic Start for TEFAF

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

MAASTRICHT—There was plenty of excitement at TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) as 9,300 VIP guests tramped through the 227 stands during the Thursday preview, sipping champagne and consuming endless trays of canapés.

RECOMMENDATIONS 5th Meeting of the INTERPOL Expert Group (IEG) on Stolen Cultural Property

Friday, March 7th, 2008

 – Lyon, 4 and 5 March 2008 The participants at the 5th Meeting of the Interpol Expert Group (IEG) on Stolen Cultural Property, held in Lyon on 4 and 5 March 2008:

Hicham and Ali Aboutaam and the Cleveland Museum of Art

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

 An ancient Apollo statue landed in Cleveland and touched off an international outcryBy Rebecca Meiser After three weeks in Europe, Michael Bennett was ready to come home. The curator had been visiting dealers across the continent, searching for new pieces for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Protected: Thieving history course debunks art heist myths

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

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OXIT® Brandpreventiesysteem

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Met de toepassing van zuurstofreductiesystemen wordt letterlijk invulling gegeven aan het spreekwoord ‘voorkomen is beter dan genezen’. De werking van deze systemen is gebaseerd op het permanent verlagen van het zuurstofgehalte van 20,8 % (normale omgevingslucht) tot 17 %. Bij dit percentage is de kans op het ontstaan van brand ...

Dr. Kwame Opoku – WHY DO EUROPEAN MUSEUMS HAVE SO MUCH TROUBLE WITH AFRICAN BONES?

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

“The contested human remains in Western museums were collected at a time of gross inequality of power. A power that we now recognise was terribly abused at the expense of the indigenous peoples. We now have the opportunity to redress that historic imbalance acknowledging that this may well entail a ...

BENIN AND OTHER AFRICAN ART WORKS TO BE DECLARED UNIVERSAL/WORLD HERITAGE? (Kwame Opoku)

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

  “Reparations, then, as a structure of memory and critique, may be regarded as a necessity for the credibility of Eurocentric historicism, and a corrective for its exclusionist worldview”.      Wole Soyinka, The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness, p.39, Oxford University Press, 1999.