Archive for July, 2008

Venezuela: Fueron robadas dos piezas históricas del Museo Rafael Urdaneta en el Zulia

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

En el Zulia fueron robadas dos piezas históricas en el museo Rafael Urdaneta pertenecientes a una colección que data de hace más de 100 años. El hecho ocurrió en la mañana del pasado sábado mientras el vigilante realizaba sus rondas nocturnas. Los presuntos delincuentes aprovecharon para escalar la pared del centro ...

STATUE BOTERO RUBATE (La notte fra il 19 e il 20 ottobre scorso 2007): ARTISTA RINGRAZIA PER RITROVAMENTO

Monday, July 28th, 2008

* IS AFRICA CLOSER TO OCEANIA THAN TO EUROPE? VISIT TO AN EXHIBITION ON AFRICAN AND OCEANIAN ARTS. Kwame Opoku http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/073dbf7f90f3c3db?hl=en * Recuperati dai carabinieri circa 200 quadri di provenienza furtiva, 49enne tedesco denunciato http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/8290f02c0bd46244?hl=en * STATUE BOTERO RUBATE (La notte fra il 19 e il 20 ottobre scorso 2007): ARTISTA RINGRAZIA PER RITROVAMENTO http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/8bc9171b94971c0f?hl=en * ...

IS AFRICA CLOSER TO OCEANIA THAN TO EUROPE? VISIT TO AN EXHIBITION ON AFRICAN AND OCEANIAN ARTS. Kwame Opoku

Monday, July 28th, 2008

* IS AFRICA CLOSER TO OCEANIA THAN TO EUROPE? VISIT TO AN EXHIBITION ON AFRICAN AND OCEANIAN ARTS. Kwame Opoku http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/073dbf7f90f3c3db?hl=en * Recuperati dai carabinieri circa 200 quadri di provenienza furtiva, 49enne tedesco denunciato http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/8290f02c0bd46244?hl=en * STATUE BOTERO RUBATE (La notte fra il 19 e il 20 ottobre scorso 2007): ARTISTA RINGRAZIA PER RITROVAMENTO http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/8bc9171b94971c0f?hl=en * ...

NEWS FROM NIGERIA ON THE RECOVERY OF THE STOLEN BENIN ARTEFACTS (Kwame Opoku)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

* NEWS FROM NIGERIA ON THE RECOVERY OF THE STOLEN BENIN ARTEFACTS (Kwame Opoku)  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/ca7d83b9e80c154e?hl=en * Group advocates radical measures to retrieve stolen Benin artefacts  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/e3521d866fde6c75?hl=en * US. 2nd Suspect Sentenced for $1M Art Heist from Joel Fisher's studio in North Troy  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/5aaf1cc5e2c7291e?hl=en * US. Federal judge ruled the Yoffie estate is the rightful owner of three ...

600,000 euro reward offered for information on 2002 Hague museum burglary

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

  * In the South East of Moscow vandals have damaged a sculpture composition dedicated to the famous writer Mikhail Sholokhov.  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/a5c471087dbe73a0?hl=en * US. Philadelphia. Stolen statue's head is recovered. Thieves sold the rest of the bronze Garden State Park monument for scrap, police said. A suspect was arrested.  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/437b1ab8637185e6?hl=en * the Netherlands. 600,000 euro reward offered ...

Cyprus. THE UN yesterday condemned the razing of the 16th century church of Ayia Katerina in Karpasia in May during a time when the leaders of both sides

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

  * Cyprus. THE UN yesterday condemned the razing of the 16th century church of Ayia Katerina in Karpasia in May during a time when the leaders of both sides had entered a new peace process.  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/d50965c0898626e9?hl=en * How to Save Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces 92% of the world's opium (used to make heroin) and ...

Small fire, big scare at Van Andel Museum Center

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008By John Agar The Grand Rapids Press   GRAND RAPIDS -- A rooftop fire Thursday at the Van Andel Museum Center created a spectacle downtown, with an aerial truck and fire rigs surrounding the museum, but caused little damage to the structure and none to the exhibits. About 300 people -- ...

AS Hanging Systems: Museum Quality Picture Hanging Systems are the Solution for Display of ‘Great Masters’ to Office Murals to Modern Art Collections

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

(Montreal, Canada) Art display designer AS Hanging Systems creates secure, flexible, museum-quality art hanging systems to fit every kind of museum, gallery, corporate, and even residential collection. Since 1964, company founders have been deeply involved with the arts, especially in the area of gallery management. A special passion for the ...

Kwame Opoku: THE RECOVERY OF STOLEN OR LOOTED AFRICAN ARTS

Friday, July 18th, 2008

 According to the report below, the President of Kenya has reiterated Kenya’s demand for the return of cultural objects which were stolen from the country, especially under the colonial regime. It is remarkable that nearly some forty-eight years since many African countries regained their independence; they have still not recovered most ...

Carabinieri find tabernacle thanks to ICOM publication: 100 Missing Objects

Friday, July 18th, 2008

* Carabinieri find tabernacle thanks to ICOM publication: 100 Missing Objects. Looting in Europe. http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/644bd876975df679?hl=en * Mostre, torna a Roma il Vaso di Eufronio http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/12913e7a02dbe66f?hl=en * NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki called Monday for the return of artifacts stolen during the colonial era as he stepped up efforts to boost the country's ...

NAIROBI (AFP) – Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki called Monday for the return of artifacts stolen during the colonial era as he stepped up efforts to boost the country's tourism sector

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

* NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki called Monday for the return of artifacts stolen during the colonial era as he stepped up efforts to boost the country's tourism sector.  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/3926661e2ce23917?hl=en * Lamentation of Christ Triptych  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/848d10ccd70f0d7c?hl=en * Lawsuit filed in death of Roxanna Brown )director of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum at ...

Kwame Opoku: Further Report from the exhibition “Benin-Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria”

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The article below provides us further report on the opening of the exhibition which is now at the Art Institute of Chicago. until 21 September,2008. I was very interested to note that the Field Museum in Chicago has some 400 Benin bronzes, a fact which up to now seems to ...

Panic and Panegyrics: Comments on “Songs of Praise” for the British Museum

Monday, July 14th, 2008

We have had within the last few days a spate of articles (http://www.elginism.com/), all praising in fulsome language the British Museum and its director, Neil MacGregor. One article, “Is the British Museum the greatest museum on earth” written by Damien Whitworth, appeared in the Times on 12 July. Another sycophantic ...

Nach dem Kunst-Raub aus einer Düsseldorfer Privatbank am vergangenen Wochenende hat die Bank eine Belohnung ausgesetzt

Monday, July 14th, 2008

50.000 Euro Belohnung nach Kunstdiebstahl Nach dem Kunst-Raub aus einer Düsseldorfer Privatbank am vergangenen Wochenende hat die Bank eine Belohnung ausgesetzt. Am vergangenen Wochenende haben Unbekannte acht Gemälde und eine Vase aus einer Düsseldorfer Privatbank geklaut (EXPRESS berichtete) . Für die Wiederbeschaffung der Werke sowie die Ergreifung der Täter hat die Bank jetzt ...

BENIN EXHIBITION IN CHICAGO: CUNO AGREES TO CONSIDER REQUEST FOR RESTITUTION OF BENIN BRONZES

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

As readers know, the exhibition, Benin - Kings and Rituals: Royal Arts from Nigeria, which started in Vienna, in 2007, went on to Paris and Berlin, was opened in Chicago, on 10 July and will be there until 21 September 2008. For various reasons, including the fear of litigation and judicial ...

Digital imaging helps stop art forgeries; Computer program can scrutinize artist brush stroke

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

PRINCETON, N.J. — An artist's brush stroke, it seems, is as individual as a signature. In the world of art deals, where authenticity defines the value of a painting, those brush strokes determine whether a work has been painted by a master or is worth little more than the canvas ...

Phaistos Disc declared as fake by scholar

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Greek authorities will not allow the disc to be examined outside its case Jerome Eisenberg, a specialist in faked ancient art, is claiming that the disc and its indecipherable text is not a relic dating from 1,700BC, but a forgery that has duped scholars since Luigi Pernier, an Italian archaeologist, “discovered” ...

Kwame Opoku: TICKETS FOR ALL TO THE “UNIVERSAL MUSEUM” BUT WITHOUT THE AFRICANS?

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Ben Macintyre’s article Let's all have tickets to the universal museum, in Timesonline, July 10, 2008, is one of those articles appearing regularly in European newspapers and Western media generally, appearing to espouse an internationalism and a universalism that, at first sight would appeal to many persons. However, on reflection, ...

Control Room certification query

Friday, July 11th, 2008

FW: Control Room certification query      

Bellevue museum official sentenced for theft

Friday, July 11th, 2008

SEATTLE -- The one-time chief financial officer for the Bellevue Art Museum who admitted taking $294,000 has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison. The 54-year-old woman, Janet Ellinger, had pleaded guilty to theft and was given a 22-month term at Thursday's sentencing in King County Superior Court. She also ...

French Art Network is employing active RFID tags to track its art inventory in near-real time

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

The French Art Network is employing active RFID tags to track its art inventory in near-real time, while also deterring internal theft.  

Sotheby's selling a stolen altar piece

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Sotheby's selling a stolen altar piece ("Los mayores echan de menos el retablo robado", señala el párroco de Nájera) NOT VERYTHING THAT IS LEGAL IS ETHICAL  

Sotheby's Confirms It Will Go On With Plans to Auction Work Stolen From Najera

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

View of a Flemish triptich from the 16th century by Ambrosius Benson, that was stolen from Nájera (La Rioja) in 1913. EFE. LONDON.- Sotheby's auction house has confirmed that it does not plan to remove the Flemish triptych stolen in Nájera (La Rioja) in 1913. The auction house stated there has ...

Kwame Opoku: LOVE THE "UNIVERSAL MUSEUM" AND DESPISE THE OTHERS: COMMENT ON ARTICLE BY TRISTRAM HUNT.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

When I read the article entitled "How one cultural vision has lessons for the whole world" by Tristram Hunt, in the Observer, July 6, 2008, http://www.guardian.co.uk I really did not know how to take it. Some of his panegyric statements about the British Museum and its Director shocked me whilst I ...

Rioters Destroy Paintings, Musical Instruments and Theatrical Costumes in Mongolia

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

  * Rioters Destroy Paintings, Musical Instruments and Theatrical Costumes in Mongolia  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/a9c08d21d550937c?hl=en * Jezusbeeld gestolen bij klooster  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/fe68ba523e1af085?hl=en * Dertig kenmerken van vervalsingen van oude kunstobjecten  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/12b366019c58b906?hl=en * Kwame Opoku: ARE THE EGYPTIANS SHOWING THE WAY TO THE REST OF THE AFRICAN STATES IN THE RECOVERY OF STOLEN CULTURAL OBJECTS?  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/3b9f6add8935eda5?hl=en * Sculpture theft from Vancouver park ...

Kwame Opoku: ARE THE EGYPTIANS SHOWING THE WAY TO THE REST OF THE AFRICAN STATES IN THE RECOVERY OF STOLEN CULTURAL OBJECTS?

Monday, July 7th, 2008

From the information we have so far at our disposal, it seems the Egyptians are the most advanced among the Africans when it comes to the question of recovery of stolen or illegally exported cultural items. They seem in any case to be the best organized and the most active in ...

Peru officials find pre-Hispanic textiles on sale in Lima tourist market

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

  * A man has been arrested after tearing the head off a wax figure of Adolf Hitler at a newly opened branch of Madame Tussauds in Berlin. http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/28f9bf36dd75996a?hl=en * Kwame Opoku: EVEN THE FRIENDS OF AFRICA CANNOT ENTIRELY AVOID THE PREJUDICES EMBEDDED IN EUROPEAN CULTURE ABOUT AFRICA AND AFRICANS: REVIEW OF ...

Athens home fit for the Elgin Marbles

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

  * A man has been arrested after tearing the head off a wax figure of Adolf Hitler at a newly opened branch of Madame Tussauds in Berlin. http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/28f9bf36dd75996a?hl=en * Kwame Opoku: EVEN THE FRIENDS OF AFRICA CANNOT ENTIRELY AVOID THE PREJUDICES EMBEDDED IN EUROPEAN CULTURE ABOUT AFRICA AND AFRICANS: REVIEW OF ...

EVEN THE FRIENDS OF AFRICA CANNOT ENTIRELY AVOID THE PREJUDICES EMBEDDED IN EUROPEAN CULTURE ABOUT AFRICA AND AFRICANS: REVIEW OF

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

For sometime now, I have refused to buy any introductory or general book on African art since I have a roblem of space for my books and sometimes cannot find a book I need for lack of order. However, when I saw the cover of Afrika: Kunst und Architektur (1), ...

wax figure of Adolf Hitler beheaded

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

* A man has been arrested after tearing the head off a wax figure of Adolf Hitler at a newly opened branch of Madame Tussauds in Berlin.  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/28f9bf36dd75996a?hl=en * Argentina. Regresaron al país 4 toneladas de restos fósiles  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/7cab8a9cc07bbfd0?hl=en * New Response to James Cuno  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/cf57e7809b12de35?hl=en * Kwame Opoku: IS JAMES CUNO A "NATIONALIST RETENTIONIST"?  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/a2c94108faff6f8a?hl=en * ...

Museumvisie en de Brandraad

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

In het nummer 08/02 van Museumvisie staat een summiere reactie op het persbericht van de Brandraad'08. In die reactie distantieert Museumvisie zich op een heel milde wijze 'gedeeltelijk' van de conclusies die de Brandraad in een persbericht trok. Verder wordt verwezen naar een checklist brandbeveiliging voor musea die de Brandraad'08 zou ...

IS JAMES CUNO A “NATIONALIST RETENTIONIST”?

Friday, July 4th, 2008

James Cuno, Director, Art Institute of Chicago, has become known for his constant attacks on those he terms “nationalist retentionists” and who, according to him, pretend to be successors to ancient civilizations and inheritors of their cultural objects with which they have no real connections except that these objects happen ...

Corrosieprobleem in sprinklerinstallatie van historische molen

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Van: J. Braes jbraes@mic-europe.eu Verzonden: dinsdag 1 juli 2008 13:20 Aan: 'toncremers@museumbeveiliging.com' Onderwerp: sprinklerinstallaties in erfgoedsector (zie bijlagen bij dit bericht) Goede morgen meneer Cremers, Enige tijd geleden werden wij benaderd door Dhr. H. Haitsma uit de gemeente Wymbriseradiel. Het betrof een corrosieprobleem in de sprinklerinstallatie van een historische molen waar hij mee te maken ...

The Art Thief is a lexicon of literary incompetence. A jumbled pastiche of lecture notes and undigested factoids, it was rapidly executed, as indeed the author Noah Charney should be.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

BIG-TIME art crime is always fun, whether fact or fiction. It has its own genre, small but perfectly deformed. So I thought I'd love this book, but it's the worst I've reviewed in 30 years. A jumbled pastiche of lecture notes and undigested factoids, it was rapidly executed, as indeed ...

Insider theft: Indonesian court jails museum curator over theft of ancient Buddhist statues

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

JAKARTA, Indonesia: The curator of a museum in central Indonesia was sentenced Monday to 18 months in jail for helping steal six ancient Buddhist statues and replacing them with replicas to cover up the crime, a judge said. Suhadi Darmodipuro, who was among four people arrested for the 2006 theft at the ...