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Archive for September, 2009

Gebed zonder einde: Ruud Spruit nodigt criminelen uit musea te overvallen en bazelt over beveiliging

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

In Het Parool van gisteren is Ruud Spruit geïnterviewd door Henk Schutten over Spruit's knullig, namelijk gelardeerd met fouten, bewerkte boek Kunstroof. De opmerkingen van Spruit verdienen nauwelijks repliek. Daar zijn ze te slecht geïnformeerd en te bot voor. De verbijstering slaat echt toe wanneer je leest dat na de inbraak ...

Kwame Opoku: RECOVERING NIGERIA’S TERRACOTTA

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It is now five  months since the issue of looted African terracotta was raised in connection with the exhibition entitled “African Terra Cotta: a Millenary Heritage”, at the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva and brought to the attention of all concerned. (1) A group of renowned scholars alleged that many of the ...

Nairobi ˜ Inadequate funding by African countries has hampered efforts to save world heritage sites on the continent, according to a leading conservationist.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property director-general Mounir Bouchnaki said conservation of heritage sites would not be sustainable if African states continue to rely on donor funding. Dr Bouchnaki, who was speaking at The Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CDHA) 11th Africa 2009 ...

UNESCO pide leyes eficaces contra saqueo de arte sacro en México

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

UNESCO pide leyes eficaces contra saqueo de arte sacro en México Notimex El Universal México Martes 29 de septiembre de 2009 El organismo considera que deben registrarse, identificarse y catalogarse las obras religiosas para combatir su robo A fin de frenar el saqueo de arte sacro en México, la UNESCO propuso hoy en la ...

Tiruchirapalli (TN), Twenty seven rare bronze statutes of the 16th and 17th centuries were found missing from the government museum

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

27 rare statues stolen from TN museum STAFF WRITER 1:16 HRS IST Tiruchirapalli (TN), Sept 29 (PTI) Twenty seven rare bronze statutes of the 16th and 17th centuries were found missing from the government museum here today, police said. The theft took place at the building, about 20 metres away from a police ...

Stolen museum exhibit found torched

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Stolen museum exhibit found torched 4:47pm Monday 28th September 2009 A MUSEUM owner has told of his devastation after a stolen exhibit was torched. Thieves broke into Frank Wood’s Walton Hall Farm Museum in Stanford-le-Hope on Monday September 14 and stole a number of irreplaceable exhibits worth around £2,000. Among the stolen items was ...

Kwame Opoku: IS ICOM BECOMING AN INSTRUMENT OF THE SO-CALLED UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS? COMMENTS ON STATEMENT BY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF ICOM THAT PARTHENON/ELGIN MARBLES SHOULD STAY IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM

Monday, September 28th, 2009

IS ICOM BECOMING AN INSTRUMENT OF THE SO-CALLED UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS? COMMENTS ON STATEMENT BY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF ICOM THAT PARTHENON/ELGIN MARBLES SHOULD STAY IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM Those who have been following discussions on questions of restitution and preservation of cultural objects know the high esteem in ...

Julien Anfruns, Director General of ICOM, on the Parthenon Marbles

Monday, September 28th, 2009

On 17 September 2009 in Avilès (Spain), a conference took place on “Cultural Diplomacy”. I participated in one of the organised panels, which addressed the issue of restitutions of stolen art. All the presentations and discussions were in English without translation into any other languages. A brief discussion, also in ...

Turkey is not only a cradle for the most ancient civilizations of the world but also continues to serve as a honey pot for smugglers of cultural and natural assets.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Turkey a magnet for smugglers of historical artifacts Turkey is not only a cradle for the most ancient civilizations of the world but also continues to serve as a honey pot for smugglers of cultural and natural assets. Every year, valuable historical artifacts are stolen from Turkey and made part of the ...

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Sunday, September 27th, 2009

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Native pipe stolen from museum

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Native pipe stolen from museum A pipe held sacred by American Indians was stolen from a locked enclosure at the Goodhue County History Center. By: Mike Longaecker, The Republican Eagle A pipe held sacred by American Indians was stolen from a locked enclosure at the Goodhue County History Center. Amos Owen, a Prairie Island ...

Magritte painting stolen at gunpoint

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Magritte painting stolen at gunpoint Olympia, a portrait of the artist's wife, taken in raid on former home of the Belgian painter, now an exclusive museum A postcard showing Rene Magritte's Olympia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters A painting by the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte was stolen from a Brussels museum today in a ...

Julien Anfruns (director general of the International Council of Museums) defends the Athens friezes staying in the British Museum

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Julien Anfruns defends the Athens friezes staying in the British Museum Saul Fernandez_One of the debates without any apparently immediate solution is the one proposing that big museums return the property extracted/taken (esquilmados) during the years during which artistic conscience did not exist.  One of the most noted cases in this area is the ...

insider theft – Former Midway manager to be sentenced for theft

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Former Midway manager to be sentenced for theft By Staff, City News Service Thursday, September 24, 2009 A former accounting manager for the USS Midway Museum is scheduled to be sentenced in a downtown courtroom Thursday for stealing $111,000 from the nonprofit organization. Veronica Gonzalez Monay, 35, pleaded guilty Aug. 26 to one count ...

Two thieves stole Magritte’s masterpiece “OLYMPIA” from the Magritte Museum in Jette, Belgium

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Two thieves stole Magritte’s masterpiece “OLYMPIA” from the Magritte Museum in Jette, Belgium. In the early morning, before opening hours, the thieves rang the museum doorbell. At the moment this door was opened they overran the member of staff and went straight into the museum. They took the painting from the ...

Suspected Forgery of 1,200 Frida Kahlo Works Reported

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Suspected Forgery of 1,200 Frida Kahlo Works Reported MEXICO CITY – Representatives of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Trust filed a criminal suit on Tuesday for the forgery of 1,200 Kahlo works of art that appear in two books recently published in Mexico and the United States. “Most of them appear ...

Deux vases Empire volés au Château de Versailles

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Deux vases Empire volés au Château de Versailles 22.09.2009, 14h56 | Mise à jour : 15h09 Deux vases en bronze de la période Empire ont été volés entre mi-août et mi-septembre au Château de Versailles. Le Château de Versailles a porté plainte «ce week-end» pour vol, et une enquête était en cours. ...

Pocket watches taken from museum

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Pocket watches taken from museum Nikita Watts  | 23rd September 2009 SECURITY at Rockhampton Heritage Village has been tightened after a night raiders made-off with a $30,000 pocket watch collection and jewellery. While Rockhampton Regional Council was unwilling to comment yesterday, Rockhampton Police Senior Constable Dane Sheraton confirmed thieves had smashed their way ...

insider theft – Bend museum volunteer charged in thefts

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Bend museum volunteer charged in thefts Posted: Sep 19, 2009 03:38 AM Missing boxes of historical items prompt investigation, raid By Barney Lerten, KTVZ.COM Volunteers play a crucial role in just about every Central Oregon organization, often toiling behind the scenes, with little recognition. But once in a while, they make the news - ...

insider theft – Former Penrod Treasurer Charged With Embezzlement

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Former Penrod Treasurer Charged With Embezzlement Man Accused Of Stealing Nearly $400,000 POSTED: 5:26 pm EDT September 17, 2009 UPDATED: 5:56 pm EDT September 17, 2009 INDIANAPOLIS -- The former volunteer treasurer of the Penrod Art Fair was charged Thursday with embezzling nearly $400,000. Brandon Benker, 28, controlled the accounts of the annual September event ...

insider theft – Parrett Mountain Farm director charged with embezzlement

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Parrett Mountain Farm director charged with embezzlement 06:49 PM PDT on Thursday, September 17, 2009 By WAYNE HAVRELLY for Kgw.com In a major black eye for an Oregon charity known for preserving our state's farming history, the executive of Parrett Mountain Farm is in jail, charged with embezzling at least $52,000. Elizabeth Rhode, the ...

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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Stolen Art by Warhol Is Sought in California

Monday, September 14th, 2009

By CAROL VOGEL and SOLOMON MOORE Published: September 12, 2009 LOS ANGELES — The theft of 10 silkscreen paintings by Andy Warhol has the Los Angeles Police Department searching for clues, but it has people in the art world scratching their heads, too. The paintings were stolen from the West Los Angeles home ...

FBI investigates theft of a Kennedy letter

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Note never sold, given, family says By Associated Press  |  September 14, 2009 DALLAS - The FBI is investigating a “stolen’’ handwritten condolence note from Jacqueline Kennedy to Ethel Kennedy that was penned shortly after Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 assassination, a newspaper reported yesterday. The Dallas Morning News reported that investigators and Kennedy ...

Saving Nigeria’s Islamic Manuscript Heritage

Monday, September 14th, 2009

A lecture by Michaelle Biddle September 17th, 2009, 6pm at Columbia University, Butler Library, room 523 Sponsored by the New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and the Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library In March 2008, conservator, librarian and archivist, Michaelle Biddle went on a five-week sabbatical under a U.S. Ambassador's ...

Antiquities Authority chief: Top scholars were suspected of ties to forgery group

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Antiquities Authority chief: Top scholars were suspected of ties to forgery group Sep. 8, 2009 MATTHEW KALMAN, Special to The Jerusalem Post , THE JERUSALEM POST A world-famous French scholar who authenticated one of the Israel Museum's prize exhibits and Israel's leading analyst of ancient semitic inscriptions were once suspected of being part ...

Angola: Final frontier for fossils

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

By Louise Redvers BBC News, Luanda In the past, most people who went to Angola were searching for oil, diamonds or landmines. Now, the country is also proving a big draw for fossil hunters - known in the scientific community as palaeontologists - who have described Angola as a "museum in the ground". Angola ...

How Allied soldiers and scholars saved cultural treasures from destruction and the Nazis

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

During the darkest days of World War II, a ragtag band of British and American art scholars braved the battlefields of Europe to rescue thousands of cultural treasures from Nazi pillage and the collateral damage of armed conflict. These “monuments men’’ propped up collapsing buildings; repaired battle-scarred frescoes and mosaics; ...

Putin und Tusk feilschen um deutsche Beutekunst

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Warschau - Der wahre Grund der polnischen Ambitionen ausgerechnet auch den in Polen ungeliebten russischen Regierungschef Wladimir Putin am 1. September auf die Westerplatte nach Danzig einzuladen scheint seit Tagen nun immer mehr durch. Russland soll nämlich für dieses Entgegenkommen "im Zeichen der Versöhnung" mit Polen durch günstige Energie- Lieferverträge ...

Une famille demande la restitution d’un Vermeer vendu à Hitler en 1940

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

VIENNE — Les héritiers d'une grande famille autrichienne ont demandé à l'Etat la restitution d'un chef-d'oeuvre de Vermeer, "L'art de la peinture", en soutenant qu'il avait été vendu sous contrainte à Hitler en 1940, révèle le quotidien Der Standard samedi. "Nous sommes persuadés que la République autrichienne traitera ce dossier de ...

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Sunday, September 6th, 2009

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KUNSTROOF, Ruud Spruit en “minuscule chips om een gestolen object via de satelliet te traceren”

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Op http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/?p=1659 en http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/?p=1665 besteedde ik al ruime aandacht aan het door Ruud Spruit ingeleide, vertaalde en ‘bewerkte’ boek van Jonathan Webb en het Art Loss Register “KUNSTROOF, een museum van verdwenen meesterwerken”. Enkele beweringen van Spruit over de techniek van beveiligen kunnen niet zonder reactie blijven. Het gaat vooral om ...

KUNSTROOF, Ruud Spruit en “minuscule chips om een gestolen object via de satelliet te traceren”

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Op http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/?p=1659 en http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/?p=1665 besteedde ik al ruime aandacht aan het door Ruud Spruit ingeleide, vertaalde en ‘bewerkte’ boek van Jonathan Webb en het Art Loss Register “KUNSTROOF, een museum van verdwenen meesterwerken”. Enkele beweringen van Spruit over de techniek van beveiligen kunnen niet zonder reactie blijven. Het gaat vooral om ...

Kunstdiefstal loont: voormalig directeur Westfries Museum vertaalt boek over kunstdiefstal; DEEL 2

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

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

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

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Kunstdiefstal loont: voormalig directeur Westfries Museum vertaalt boek over kunstdiefstal; DEEL 2

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Enkele dagen geleden plaatste ik al kanttekeningen bij Ruud Spruit als inleider en vertaler van het boek Kunstroof, een museum van verdwenen meesterwerken: http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/?p=1659 . Je moet maar durven als museumdirecteur dankzij wiens falend beveiligingsbeleid het Westfries Museum, en enkele musea die objecten aan dat museum uitleenden, slachtoffer werd van een ...

Conservationists Call for Protection of Endangered Heritage Sites in Africa. Africa is host to the largest number of sites named as endangered by the United Nations.

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Conservationists Call for Protection of Endangered Heritage Sites in Africa By Alan Boswell  Nairobi 03 September 2009   Representatives from around Africa gather in Nairobi this week to seek new ways of protecting World Heritage Sites threatened by conflict and political instability on the continent.  Africa is host to the largest number of sites named ...

Insider theft: Woman sentenced for embezzling $1 million from the Tucson Museum of Art

Friday, September 4th, 2009

The woman accused of embezzling money $973,010 from the Tucson Museum of Art has been sentenced to five years in prison plus 7 additional years of probation. Between 2003 and 2008, Ruth Sons, was employed as a bookkeeper and accountant for the museum. Last month the 62-year-old pleaded guilty to one ...

Insider theft: Three charged in theft of fighter jet parts for simulators

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Three charged in theft of fighter jet parts for simulators  The accusation The three are accused of devising a scheme to divert demilitarized F-14 and F-18 cockpits and components to one of the men in exchange for cash and gifts, the indictment says. The parts normally are sold for scrap.  By Tim McGlone The ...

Art africain : quand le musée de Lille se fournit… chez les douaniers

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Art africain : quand le musée de Lille se fournit... chez les douaniers  jeudi 03.09.2009, 04:46 - La Voix du Nord Une cinquantaine de pièces pour le musée de Lille. Une cinquantaine de pièces pour le musée de Lille. Les visiteurs du musée d'Histoire naturelle de Lille ne sont pas toujours conscients ...