Archive for August, 2009

Kunstdiefstal loont: voormalig directeur Westfries Museum vertaalt boek over kunstdiefstal; DEEL 1

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Januari 2005 werd ingebroken in het Westfries Museum te Hoorn. De inbrekers hadden dankzij de ondermaatse beveiliging in de nacht langdurig de tijd een aantal schilderijen uit de lijsten te halen en bovendien spijkertje voor spijkertje van de spieramen los te maken. Daarnaast werden vitrines en deuren vernietigd en enkele ...

Four men accused of trafficking in archaeological resources will forfeit more than 12,500 archaeological items as part of their federal penalties.

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Artifact collectors sentenced By Journal staff Four men accused of trafficking in archaeological resources will forfeit more than 12,500 archaeological items as part of their federal penalties. Three of the men were recently sentenced, and a fourth is awaiting sentencing. A fifth man, Scott Matteson, 60, of Fort Pierre, has pleaded not guilty and ...

Who owns the image of the Maasai?

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

TO MOST OUTSIDERS, THE MAASAI ARE FIGURES from a postcard. A warrior stands tall — the right foot hooked in the crook of the knee of the straight left leg. He sports long ochre-dyed hair and a red shuka cloth wrapped around his waist. A spear in the right hand and ...

Lead thefts could put Kew Bridge Steam Museum ‘out of business’

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Lead thefts could put Kew Bridge Steam Museum 'out of business' 7:50am Saturday 29th August 2009 Thieves who stripped £20,000 worth of lead from a Brentford museum rooftop could end up putting it out of business after a string of burglaries. Staff at Kew Bridge Steam Museum spotted a section of the roof ...

Protected: WW.II: Sleuthing for looted paintings

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

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Kenya: Theft of Artefacts Leads to Change of Focus At Museum

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Dennis Ouma26 August 2009 Nairobi — When Kitale Museum in Kenya was closed in late July and all the 31 workers suspended after theft of the institutions most valuable collection, focus turned to the fate of a small menagerie of local and exotic animals that still needed feeding and care. The museum, ...

Works stolen from Ravi Varma’s home-museum

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

STAFF WRITER 18:59 HRS IST  Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 23 (PTI) Burglars broke into the palace-museum of renowned artist Raja Ravi Varma at Kilimanoor, about 30 km from here, and decamped with three 'copies' of the master's paintings.  According to police, besides the 'copies' of Ravi Varma paintings, an original work by a descendant ...

India closes probe into theft of Rabindranath Tagore Nobel medal

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

www.chinaview.cn  2009-08-23      NEW DELHI, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- India's premier probe agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has closed its investigation into the theft of the Nobel Prize medal of world famous Indian polymath Rabindranath Tagore, who shaped Bengali literature in the early 20th century, a senior official said ...

Dutch Zionists: Money museum spreading lies about Israel

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

By Cnaan Liphshiz  In accusing Israel of "robbing Palestinian identity and replacing Palestinian money," the Netherlands' Geldmuseum (Money Museum) has adopted propaganda that "runs contrary to the truth," the country's largest pro-Israel organization said this week.   The museum has denied any political bias.   The Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation (CIDI) has complained on ...

Fake Civil War-era Medals of Honor recovered

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

By Allyson Bird The (Charleston) Post and Courier Five dark-suited FBI agents showed up at Patriots Point on Friday with two Civil War-era Medals of Honor.  And while the agents had few details about the investigation it took to bring the medals to their new home, they didn't mince words when it came ...

The tale of the six Mona Lisas

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Matthew Claxton Langley Advance Friday, August 21, 2009 It can be quite depressing reading police press releases. Most of what they let us know about, of course, is death, injury, theft, and fraud. Someone has been hurt or killed in a car accident, someone has been assaulted, someone has been robbed. The details of ...

Is Greece Losing its Elgin Marbles? The battle between antiquities-loving and antiquities-producing countries continues.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

BY SUSAN EMERLING | AUGUST 21, 2009 The culture war between antiquities-importing countries and those whose soils harbor archaeological treasures has flared up again. This time, the battle isn't over recently looted artifacts returned by a chastened American museum to their country of origin. Instead, it is over the June opening ...

Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues – and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture. Interpol, the international law-enforcement agency, noted that the objects were being “systematically stolen” and that Africa’s heritage was under threat from thieves. UNESCO finally put the sculptures on a list of objects that were illegal to import or export.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

German Archaeologists Labor To Solve Mystery Of The Nok 2009-08-21 Posted By: Intellpuke Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues - and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture.  Half a ton of pottery shards ...

Mexico – Museum Theft – Hurtan reloj imperial de la Casa Museo López Portillo / Imperial watch stolen from the Casa López Portillo

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Hurtan reloj imperial de la Casa Museo López Portillo / Imperial watch stolen from the Casa López Portillo El robo evidencia las carencias de seguridad que padecen la mayoría de los museos en la ciudad, sentencia su director.  Vie, 21/08/2009 - 20:19  Guadalajara.- Un reloj valuado en doce mil pesos fue robado esta ...

Librarians On Loan To Kenya

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

By BETHE DUFRESNE Special to The Courant 4:49 PM EDT, August 21, 2009 NAIROBI, Kenya Books are in short supply everywhere in Kenya, and that's tough on a population of avid readers. But in its five years of existence, American Friends of Kenya has done more than donate 150,000 books. It has helped libraries ...

LONDON — British prosecutors say a flamboyant book dealer accused of stealing a rare First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays will face trial next summer.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Man faces trial over alleged Shakespeare theft  LONDON — British prosecutors say a flamboyant book dealer accused of stealing a rare First Folio of Shakespeare's plays will face trial next summer. Raymond Scott is accused of stealing the manuscript from Durham University's library in northern England in 1998. Scott denies a charge of ...

The art world is riddled with forgeries, terrorising experts with the threat of lost reputation and corroding our appreciation of beauty

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Blinded by a fear of fakes The art world is riddled with forgeries, terrorising experts with the threat of lost reputation and corroding our appreciation of beauty  Jonathan Jones oguardian.co.uk, Friday 21 August 2009 15.20 BST   Last month I visited an art museum in an Italian seaside town. The museum was modern and well-organised, ...

Looting Matters: Where are the Sculptures Stolen from Albania?

Friday, August 21st, 2009

SWANSEA, Wales Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the return of classical sculptures that were stolen from the Butrint Museum in Albania. In May 2009 a marble head of Asklepios, the classical god of healing, was returned to Albania. It had been excavated near to the entrance of ...

Appeals court overturns Holocaust looted-art law, but Norton Simon suit continues

Friday, August 21st, 2009

August 19, 2009 |  6:03 pm  A federal appeals court today struck down as unconstitutional a 2002 California law giving owners and heirs to artworks looted by the Nazis extra time -- until the end of 2010 -- to sue for their return. But the 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of ...

LOS ANGELES (CN) – A private art dealer has filed a libel and slander suit against actress Claire Forlani for allegedly falsely claiming that he sold her a fake photographic print and had sold other fakes to other customers.

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Art Dealer Files Slander Action Against Claire Forlani By MILT POLICZER     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A private art dealer has filed a libel and slander suit against actress Claire Forlani for allegedly falsely claiming that he sold her a fake photographic print and had sold other fakes to other customers.      Paul ...

German police say they’ve arrested an art dealer and two other people in a worldwide art forgery ring, seizing 1,000 fake works.

Friday, August 21st, 2009

German police seize fake artworks CBC News  German police say they've arrested an art dealer and two other people in a worldwide art forgery ring, seizing 1,000 fake works. Authorities in southwestern Germany say they uncovered more than 1,000 phoney Alberto Giacometti bronzes and sculptures. Giacometti is an Italian artist known for his ...

Protected: Olomouc – A Czech court today sentenced 47-year-old Pole Piotr Stanislaw Peron to five years in prison for stealing 16th-century maps from the Scientific Library in Olomouc, expelled him from the Czech Republic for eight years and ordered him to pay 1.2 million crowns to the library.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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Museum theft – Australia – POLICE are investigating the theft of more than $200,000 worth of equipment from the Richmond Vale Railway Museum.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Thieves steal $200,000 of equipment from train museum 19/08/2009 9:19:00 AM POLICE are investigating the theft of more than $200,000 worth of equipment from the Richmond Vale Railway Museum. Museum caretakers arrived at the Leggetts Drive property yesterday to discover thieves had targeted specific equipment. It included 25 electric motors worth $50,000, five large ...

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Miniature portraits of Kentucky’s first U.S. senator and his wife have been stolen from Liberty Hall, a historic building that was once the couple’s home.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Mini portraits taken from Liberty Hall The Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Miniature portraits of Kentucky's first U.S. senator and his wife have been stolen from Liberty Hall, a historic building that was once the couple's home. Portraits marking the 1799 wedding of John and Margaretta Brown were stolen from a display case ...

Africa Must Partner To Correct Marginalisation, says Johnetta Cole

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

SINCE the beginning of the year the National Museum, Lagos has been in the centre of intense efforts to reposition it to play its pivotal role of showcasing Nigeria's rich cultural heritage to the world. Such recent efforts saw the director of the National Museum of African Art at the ...

INTERPOL creates online access to global stolen works of art database to reduce illicit trade

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

INTERPOL creates online access to global stolen works of art database to reduce illicit trade* LYON, France – INTERPOL has established direct online access to authorized users via a secure website to its international database on stolen works as part of its fight against the illicit trade of stolen cultural property. Online access will ...

WOULD WESTERN MUSEUMS RETURN LOOTED OBJECTS IF NIGERIA AND OTHER AFRICAN STATES WERE RULED BY ANGELS? RESTITUTION AND CORRUPTION

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

 Corruption, like tango, requires two partners.  A seminal study by Peju Layiwola, dealt with the question of the cultural memory of a people whose development has been brutally interrupted and their cultural objects seized by a foreign invader. (1) In the specific case of Benin, the British seized more than 3000 ...

Chili – Museum Theft – Roban arma histórica de Museo de Placilla

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Roban arma histórica de Museo de Placilla De madrugada dos sujetos ingresaron a las dependencias del lugar, burlando al guardia de seguridad. COMENTE ESTA NOTICIA  Dos sujetos con el rostro descubierto ingresaron pasadas las cuatro de la madrugada del domingo al Museo Histórico de Placilla, ubicado en calle Tranque con calle Cuarta ...

Making libraries secure

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Security of every book’ is one of the first concerns of libraries across the US. Thus they deploy scalable and reliable security systems that help librarians manage books and inventory. The average rate of book loss in the US libraries in a year is a mere 4%, whereas in India ...

eBay deal protects country’s ancient treasures

Monday, August 17th, 2009

  The guardians of Scotland's buried treasures have entered a deal with internet auction site eBay to halt the sale of the country's ancient artefacts. The move over items covered by the Treasure Trove system comes after unscrupulous attempts to sell a number of the items online were uncovered. The Scottish Archaeological Finds ...

Urknall in den Tropen; German language report about NOK terracotta statues

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Urknall in den Tropen.  6MB PDF file available at: http://www.museum-security.org/nok_urknall.pdf

A newly discovered catalogue of artworks stolen by Nazis compiled for Adolf Hitler could help unravel the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of lost materpieces seized during the Second World War.

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Hitler Album could shed light on missing looted art A newly discovered catalogue of artworks stolen by Nazis compiled for Adolf Hitler could help unravel the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of lost materpieces seized during the Second World War.  By Roya Nikkhah, Arts Correspondent  Published: 9:00PM BST 15 Aug 2009   Two more albums, marked ...

Museum theft – Detienen a cinco personas tras robar en el museo de la plaza de toros de Inca

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Detienen a cinco personas tras robar en el museo de la plaza de toros de Inca  mallorcadiario.com    viernes, 14 de agosto de 2009 PALMA.- La Guardia Civil de Inca detuvo a cinco personas de entre 24 y 46 años-una mujer y cuatro hombres- tras haber robado diversos objetos, como ordenadores o herramientas, en el museo de la plaza de Toros de este municipio mallorquín.  En esta ...

Part of aviation history stolen from Museum of Flight

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

 KOMO Staff Originally printed at http://www.komonews.com/news/local/53260992.html SEATTLE -- A slice of Seattle aviation history is missing from the Museum of Flight. In the 1920s and 30s, Ken Houseolder lived his dream, flying in an open cockpit delivering airmail, transporting movie crews, and he was one of the first commercial pilots for United Airlines. Until, ...

WHO OWNS AFRICA’S CULTURAL PATRIMONY?

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Call For Papers Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture Fall 2010 WHO OWNS AFRICA’S CULTURAL PATRIMONY? Critical Interventions invites submissions for a special issue on the question of Africa’s cultural patrimony in Western museums, especially in the context of recent international debates about repatriation of historical artworks relocated from one culture ...

call for papers, “Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture”, on Cultural Property from Africa

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

  Cultural Property and Africa Posted: 14 Aug 2009 03:07 AM PDT There is a call for papers, "Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture", on Cultural Property from Africa: We seek papers that posit or contest African ownership of its cultural patrimony in the dual contexts of the relationship between ...

Protected: Book review – The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum. Johan Franzén is disturbed by America’s failure to protect Iraq’s historical artefacts during the war.

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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Museum Theft – Fears stolen Natural History Museum birds will be used as fishing lures

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Fears stolen Natural History Museum birds will be used as fishing lures Sam Jones guardian.co.uk, Thursday 13 August 2009 18.19 BST Rare tropical birdskins similar to the selection stolen from the Natural History Museum's ornithological collection at Tring. Photograph: PA/Natural History Museum Detectives fear that almost 300 rare and "irreplaceable" tropical birds stolen from ...

Thieves have been captured on CCTV stealing a life-size carving of a horse valued at £7,000 from a house in Leeds.

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Sculpture thieves caught on CCTV Thieves have been captured on CCTV stealing a life-size carving of a horse valued at £7,000 from a house in Leeds. Brannan Tempest had two of the sculptures made in the form of horses owned by his girlfriend. He gave them to her after she was hurt in ...

A thief, who has already made off with nearly 70 priceless maps and documents from a number of Spanish libraries, and who was arrested by the Guardia Civil on Friday, had planned a route of robberies across the rest of Spain and abroad.

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Multiple map thief behind bars  By: thinkSpain , Wednesday, August 12, 2009   A thief, who has already made off with nearly 70 priceless maps and documents from a number of Spanish libraries, and who was arrested by the Guardia Civil on Friday, had planned a route of robberies across the rest of Spain and abroad. Z.V., a 47-year-old Hungarian, ...