Archive for March, 2009

Egypt’s most senior Egyptologist visited the “King Tut” exhibit at the Atlanta Civic Center March 26, bursting with pride in both his country’s ancient past and his profession, while continuing to pick a fight with the St. Louis Art Museum for failing to return what he considers a stolen antiquity

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Egypt Archaeologist Has a Vigilant Eye for Stolen Antiquities Phil Bolton 03.27.09 Egypt’s most senior Egyptologist visited the “King Tut” exhibit at the Atlanta Civic Center March 26, bursting with pride in both his country’s ancient past and his profession, while continuing to pick a fight with the St. Louis Art Museum for ...

AMSTERDAM – De politie stelt samen met de dienst erfgoedinspectie een onderzoek naar het Iconenmuseum in Kampen. Mogelijk zijn sommige iconen uit de collectie geroofd uit Cyprus.

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

AMSTERDAM – De politie stelt samen met de dienst Erfgoedinspectie een onderzoek naar het Iconenmuseum in Kampen. Mogelijk zijn sommige iconen uit de collectie geroofd uit Cyprus. De dienst Erfgoedinspectie werd twee jaar geleden al getipt over de mogelijke dubieuze herkomst van iconen in het Kampense museum. De melding was afkomstig ...

Resultaat bekend van het onderzoek door de Erfgoedinspectie en de politie (KLPD) naar Ikonen Museum en de Collectie van Helmich Heutink

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Vrijdag 3 april zal de Erfgoedinspectie op zijn site het resultaat bekend maken van het onderzoek naar de collectie iconen uit het Ikonen Museum en de particuliere verzameling van Helmich Heutink, oprichter van het museum en voorzitter van de Alexanderstichting. Over deze kwestie rapporteerde ik al eerder enkele maanden geleden ...

The United States of America deposits its instrument of ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

Friday, March 27th, 2009

UNESCO/M. Ravassard On 13 March 2009 the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, expressed his great pleasure on receiving the instrument of ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict from Mr Stephen Engelken, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the United ...

Art Dealer Is Charged With Stealing $88 Million. A once-prominent art dealer was arrested on Thursday on an indictment charging that he stole $88 million from investors, collectors and artists who had consigned paintings and sculpture to his Upper East Side gallery, the authorities said.

Friday, March 27th, 2009

By JAMES BARRON A once-prominent art dealer was arrested on Thursday on an indictment charging that he stole $88 million from investors, collectors and artists who had consigned paintings and sculpture to his Upper East Side gallery, the authorities said. The Manhattan district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, said the dealer, Lawrence B. ...

Protected: Museum theft. STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Mike von Matuska of Matuska Doll & Toy Auctions has confirmed a break-in occurred earlier this month at the Stockholm toy museum Leksaksmuseet, of which he is director. He is advising anyone who is offered antique or vintage toys from a Swedish source to ask questions and proceed cautiously

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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Bijna twee jaar na melding over mogelijk uit Cyprus geroofde iconen in de collectie Heutink (voorzitter bestuur Ikonen Museum te Kampen) doet de Erfgoedinspectie onderzoek naar de herkomst van de iconen in het museum en in de particuliere collectie van Helmich Heutink

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Voorgeschiedenis (zie ook: http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/2008/12/19/ikonenmuseum-kampen-uit-cyprus-geroofde-ikonen-in-collectie-heutink/) Mei 2007 had ik een zeer lang onderhoud in het Ikonen Museum te Kampen met de voorzitter van het bestuur van de Alexanderstichting, Helmich Heutink. De Alexanderstichting beheert het Ikonen Museum te Kampen. Heutink is de oprichter van die stichting en van het museum. De collectie van ...

Protected: Imprisoned museum head wants new deal. John S. Carter was one of the biggest white-collar criminals in Philadelphia history, systematically looting the Independence Seaport Museum of $1.5 million to support a lavish blue-blood lifestyle of exquisite boats, pricey paintings, expensive clothes, and elegant residences.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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Greece. Florakis museum broken into

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Robbers have broken into the museum dedicated to the late Communist Party leader Harilaos Florakis and stolen valuable personal items, books and letters, it was revealed yesterday. The museum is housed in Florakis’s parental home in the village of Paliozoglopi, near Karditsa, central Greece and the theft was noticed yesterday ...

ACRL/RBMS Guidelines Regarding Security and Theft in Special Collections Final Version 3/11/09

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

These guidelines identify important topics that collection administrators should address in developing adequate security measures and a strategy for responding to thefts. While directed primarily toward special collections in the U.S., many topics are also applicable to general collections and to special collections in other countries. “Special Collections” here refers ...

Two arrested in east Bohemian art heist

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Two arrested in east Bohemian art heist Police recover rare paintings among 4 million Kč loot Posted: March 19, 2009 By Wency Leung, Staff Writer Courtesy Photo In a rare coup against art crime, police in Hradec Králové have arrested two men in connection with a Nov. 10 museum heist, and recovered two paintings by ...

Univ. of Iowa's paintings return to Iowa

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Univ. of Iowa's paintings return to Iowa Pam Cunningham. Reporter. March 19, 2009. DAVENPORT, Iowa. The University of Iowa faces years of work and money to recover from the historic flooding last spring. And as they resettle their art collection will be kept in the Quad Cities. The contract was signed Thursday and some ...

Man jailed over £1.7m Lowry raid

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Man jailed over £1.7m Lowry raid Published: 2009/03/17 A man convicted of an "audacious and well-planned" raid to steal LS Lowry artworks valued at £1.7m has been given an indefinite jail sentence. Casey Miller, 23, of Denton, Greater Manchester, was found guilty of robbery after posing as a postman to get into ...

REFUSAL OF INTELLECTUAL DIALOGUE: COMMENTS ON AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMES CUNO

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

REFUSAL OF INTELLECTUAL DIALOGUE: COMMENTS ON AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMES CUNO The latest statements by the Director of the Art Institute of Chicago in an interview entitled “Treaty on antiquities hinders access for museums” cannot be simply ignored or dismissed (1). After all, James Cuno heads one of the leading museums ...

British Library mislays 9,000 books

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

British Library mislays 9,000 books • Text worth £20,000 among missing volumes • Some have not been seen for more than 50 years * Anil Dawar and Maev Kennedy * The Guardian, Tuesday 17 March 2009 * Article history An illustration from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll An 1876 illustrated edition of Alice in Wonderland is ...

Protected: Police Recover Stolen Buddha Statue; Evidence Points to Possible Inside Job

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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Protected: Art detective Charles Hill interview. "Charles Hill isn’t an easy man to trace" (but his e-mail address is at the end of the interview…..)

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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Protected: Untangling the Gardner art heist. Return to the scene of the crime. Step by step, retrace art thieves’ path. Some details tantalizing as trail grew colder. Starting today, the Herald is launching an exhaustive effort to help the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum recover $500 million in art stolen from Boston almost 19 years ago. Suspect’s brother: ‘I saw that painting’. Man remembers stolen Manet in Quincy apartment.

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

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Leading museums have lost nearly 200 items in recent years worth more than half a million pounds, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Museums lose nearly 200 artifacts Leading museums have lost nearly 200 items in recent years worth more than half a million pounds, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. By Roya Nikkhah, Arts Correspondent Last Updated: 9:29PM GMT 14 Mar 2009 Details obtained under the freedom of information act show that museums including the Natural History ...

MODERNITY AND TRADITION: PEJU LAYIWOLA. Those who saw the exhibition, Benin: Kings and Rituals – Court Arts from Nigeria would be familiar with the name and writings of Peju Layiwola. She contributed a piece, “The Benin Massacre: Memories and Experience”, to the excellent catalogue of the exhibition, edited by Barbara Plankensteiner, Museum of Ethnology, Vienna.

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

In the interview reproduced below from the Nigerian paper, Vanguard, Dr. Layiwola speaks about her work as a teacher at the University of Lagos and as a metal caster. She also refers to the continued debate on the restitution of the Benin bronzes that were looted by the British during ...

A 14th century gold ring has been stolen from a display in Havant museum. The thief entered the museum in East Street and unscrewed a panel to gain access to the perspex box containing the ring.

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Ancient ring stolen from museum A 14th century gold ring has been stolen from a display in Havant museum. The thief entered the museum in East Street and unscrewed a panel to gain access to the perspex box containing the ring. The case and the ring worth around £750 were then taken. It was ...

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Marks the 19th Anniversary of the Theft of Thirteen Works of Art

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

BOSTON, MA In anticipation of March 18, 2009, the 19th anniversary of the theft of thirteen priceless artworks from its collection, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, today reissued reassurances of a $5 million reward and complete confidentiality for anyone who comes forward with information leading to the return of ...

In der deutsch-russischen Beutekunstdebatte wird die Verhärtung der politischen Fronten durch eine üppig erblühte Forschungsindustrie beinahe aufgewogen. Die staatlichen Museumssammlungen Dresden, die, obwohl sie die meisten ihrer entführten Schätze zurückbekamen, noch immer viele Kunstwerke vermissen, organisierten soeben im Moskauer Deutschen Historischen Institut eine Konferenz, die neue Einsichten über deutsche und sowjetische Besatzer, vor allem aber über Verluste russischer Provinzsammlungen zutage förderte

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Beutekunst Liebesgruß aus Moskau Von Kerstin Holm, Moskau Zeigt Initiative: Martin Roth, Generaldirektor der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden: Images http://snipurl.com/dsn0h 13. März 2009 In der deutsch-russischen Beutekunstdebatte wird die Verhärtung der politischen Fronten durch eine üppig erblühte Forschungsindustrie beinahe aufgewogen. Die staatlichen Museumssammlungen Dresden, die, obwohl sie die meisten ihrer entführten Schätze zurückbekamen, noch immer viele Kunstwerke ...

Further information on the University of Iowa Art Library sprinkler system discharge

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

14 March 2009 The University of Iowa Art Library is in a building that is unoccupied due to damage by a river flooding last June. The art library collection was left in the Art Building and service provided to patrons by staff going to the building once or twice a day, ...

Treaty on antiquities hinders access for museums. James Cuno, a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, has spent years investigating implications of a United Nations treaty: the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. It prohibits museums and other research centers from acquiring objects unearthed after 1970 without permission from the country of origin. Such permission is seldom granted, Cuno notes in his new book, Who Owns Antiquity? Last month, senior editor Janet Raloff spoke about the treaty with Cuno at The Art Institute of Chicago, where he is the director.

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Treaty on antiquities hinders access for museums by James Cuno By James Cuno March 28th, 2009; Vol.175 #7 (p. 32) Photos and links: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/41671/title/Treaty_on_antiquities_hinders_access_for_museums_by_James_Cuno James Cuno, a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, has spent years investigating implications of a United Nations treaty: the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting ...

Protected: Museum Theft Highlights Controversy Over Return of Egypt’s Artifacts

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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A Bulgarian court recently ruled for the confiscation of the nine Byzantine plates purchased by three Greek museums in Greece in 2004

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Bulgaria Demands that Greece Return Byzantine Plates BalkanTravellers.com 12 March 2009 | A Bulgarian court recently ruled for the confiscation of the nine Byzantine plates purchased by three Greek museums in Greece in 2004. The confiscation is possible on the basis of a special EU law, which Greece has not yet adopted, according ...

The thief who made headlines by stealing an ancient Sun God bead from Museum Siam during an exhibition last week has mailed the bead back to the museum

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Thief mails Sun God bead back to Museum Siam Published on March 12, 2009 The thief who made headlines by stealing an ancient Sun God bead from Museum Siam during an exhibition last week has mailed the bead back to the museum. Museum Siam staffs checked letters in the morning and found the ...

Old Masters Reclaimed: Art Stolen by Nazis on Display at Jewish Museum

Friday, March 13th, 2009

By Benjamin Youngquest Epoch Times Staff Mar 11, 2009 A painting by Jan van der Heyden (1637–1712), View of Nyenrode Castle on the Vecht, late 17th – early 18th century, oil on panel. Exhibited at the Jewish Museum exhibtion opening on Saturday. (Marei von Saher, the heir of Jacques Goudstikker.): NEW YORK—A rare ...

Italy returns smuggled monuments to Bulgaria

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Four years ago at an international numismatic display in Verona, Italy, a specialized police unit working for the protection of cultural heritage, checked four Bulgarian nationals selling antiques. They came from Knezja and Lovech, Northern Bulgaria. “The Italian police found that they did not have any papers confirming ownership of antique ...

Tre mostre per i 40 anni dei "Caschi blu della cultura" (Many of the works recovered by the Carabinieri dei Beni culturali, funded 1969, on display in Florence, Rome and Naples)

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

di Redazione A Firenze, Roma e Napoli saranno esposte molte delle opere recuperate dai Carabinieri dei Beni culturali, la struttura istituita nel 1969 e che da allora ha salvato dalla criminalità 800mila reperti archeologiche e 15mila opere Era il 23 marzo del 1976 quando in un albergo di Locarno, in Svizzera, vennero ...

OSLO — Police have recovered a 450-year-old Renaissance painting, days after it was stolen from a church in southern Norway, and detained a suspect on preliminary charges of theft, an inspector said Wednesday

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Norwegian police detain suspect in theft of Renaissance painting OSLO — Police have recovered a 450-year-old Renaissance painting, days after it was stolen from a church in southern Norway, and detained a suspect on preliminary charges of theft, an inspector said Wednesday. The painting "Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me" ...

Protected: Gestohlene Bilder, skrupellose Museumsdirektoren. Die Schicksale der Opfer: Melissa Müller und Monika Tatzkow erzählen, wie jüdische Kunstsammler ausgeplündert, vertrieben und ermordet wurden. Die Erben warten vielfach bis heute auf die Rückgabe des Raubguts

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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Museum theft. Ludwigsburg – Am vergangen Samstag ist aus den Räumen des städtischen Museums Ludwigsburg ein Gemälde der Malerin Ludovike Simanowiz gestohlen worden

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Museum Ludwigsburg Gemälde gestohlen - Zeugen gesucht 10.03.2009 - Ludwigsburg - Am vergangen Samstag ist aus den Räumen des städtischen Museums Ludwigsburg ein Gemälde der Malerin Ludovike Simanowiz gestohlen worden. Über den Wert des Gemäldes können derzeit noch keine konkreten Angaben gemacht werden. Das Gemälde ist ein Kinderporträt aus dem Jahr 1815 und zeigt ...

Protected: Artist Howson’s fury at flood of ‘rubbish’ forgeries. The acclaimed Scottish painter Peter Howson has warned that hundreds of works attributed to him are fakes.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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Kwame Opoku: MINE IS MINE BUT YOURS IS OURS: COMMENTS ON A SUGGESTION TO TAKE CULTURE OUT OF CULTURAL PROPERTY

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I enjoyed reading the article entitled “Yours, Mine, Ours: Taking the Culture out of Cultural Property” in Antiquities Watch and I have sympathy for some of the views expressed there. It is an interesting article and offers food for thought. However, when I started to reflect on a few of ...

Nine paintings stolen from northern Cairo museum

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Mar 10, 2009, 17:16 GMT  Cairo - Nine paintings were stolen from Mohammed Ali Pasha's palace, a museum that lies on the Nile banks in northern Cairo, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture said on Tuesday.  'Officials at the palace say the paintings were last seen Monday afternoon just before the palace was ...

The Netherlands: Robert Noorman, co-founder of the TEFAF, Presumably Responsible for Stealing and Destroying Paintings Worth Millions

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Image taken on March 8, 2009 of a work of art made by Flemish painter Jan Brueghel in Driebergen, Holland. The Dutch police have recuperated eight paintings made by Pissarro and Renoir, among others, that had been missing since 1987. The works of art, from the XVII and XIX, disappeared ...

Protected: March 10 (Bloomberg) — Cai Mingchao, the Chinese art dealer who is refusing to pay for the $40 million Qing bronzes he successfully bid for in the Yves Saint Laurent auction, wept when he realized that his credibility was shot and he may now have to close his business

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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Das digitale Historische Archiv Köln. Helfen Sie mit! Wir führen digitale Abbildungen der Kölner Archivalien zusammen.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Der Schrecken steckt uns allen noch in den Gliedern. Der Einsturz des Historischen Archivs Köln am 3. März 2009 ist eine menschliche und kulturhistorische Katastrophe, deren Ausmaß man erst langsam begreift. Das Historische Archiv Köln war nicht nur eines der größten, sondern auch der ältesten Stadtarchive. Seit 1320 wurden die Beschlüsse ...