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July 31st, 2015

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July 31st, 2015

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July 30th, 2015

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July 30th, 2015

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July 29th, 2015

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July 26th, 2015

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July 26th, 2015

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July 26th, 2015

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July 26th, 2015

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July 24th, 2015

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July 24th, 2015

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July 22nd, 2015

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July 15th, 2015

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Wou priester losgeld voor gestolen schilderij?

GENT

NIEUWE PISTE IN ZAAK ROND RECHTVAARDIGE RECHTERS

Een detail van het gestolen paneel. – Foto KOS

De mysterieuze diefstal van de Rechtvaardige Rechters kent een nieuwe episode. Volgens een 91-jarig vrouw werd het paneel van het meesterwerk Het lam Gods door meerdere daders gestolen. Haar nonkel, kanunnik Kamiel Van Ongeval, was het kopstuk achter de verdwijning. De priester wou losgeld van het bisdom zodat hij gedupeerden kon terugbetalen na verkeerde beleggingen tijdens de bankencrisis.

Wie dacht dat het onderzoek naar de Rechtvaardige Rechters, dat verdween in 1934, sinds enkele nieuwe gebeurtenissen in een definitieve plooi kwam te liggen, is eraan voor de moeite. Recent viel de politie binnen bij een Gentse familie en onthulde oud-bankdirecteur Jan Bosselaers nog dat de Kredietbank in de jaren ’80 benaderd is door een advocaat die het paneel wilde verkopen voor 20 miljoen Belgische frank (500.000 euro).

Iedereen ging er altijd van uit dat de diefstal van het schilderij van de gebroeders van Eyck uit de Sint-Baafskathedraal het werk was van één dader, namelijk Arsène Goedertier. Gisteren gooide Christiana De Geest echter een ander licht op de zaak: het paneel werd volgens haar door meerdere daders gestolen en het kopstuk achter de verdwijning was kanunnik Kamiel Van Ongeval. De 91-jarige vrouw is de achternicht van Van Ongeval uit Deftinge bij Geraardsbergen, wiens jongere broer in de tijd pastoor-deken was in Wetteren. Net op dat moment was Goedertier daar koster.

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July 15th, 2015

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PRICE OF KOTA SOLD IN PARIS IS INTERESTING BUT WHAT ABOUT LOSS TO CREATORS AND ORIGINAL USERS?

The kota sold by Christies for Euro 5.5m in Paris on 23 June 2015   

The Art Newspaper informs us that a kota has fetched a very high price in Paris:

A 66cm-tall wooden sculpture has become the most expensive work of African art sold at Christie’s France, fetching €5.5m in Paris today, 23 June. This price tag makes it the third most valuable work of African art ever auctioned; the record stands at $12m for a rare Senufo female statue, which sold at Sotheby’s New York in November 2014 (1)

We learnt also from The Art Newspaper that the kota figure comes from   the collection of the late William Rubin, a former director at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) There is also a reference to what the paper describes as “somewhat glamorous provenance”, the object having been previously possessed by cosmetics tycoon, Helen Rubinstein and a collector of modern art, David Lloyd.

I looked in vain in the newspaper for any reference to the people or the persons who made the artefact and from which country it originally came. There was not a word on how that object travelled from Africa to the U.S.A.

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July 13th, 2015

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July 2nd, 2015

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