Archive for the ‘Dr. Kwame Opoku writings about looted cultural objects’ Category

Kwame Opoku – Did Egyptians Never Ask For The Restitution Of Nefertiti?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Did Egyptians Never Ask For The Restitution Of Nefertiti?Universal Museum Enthusiast Wrestles With Veracity And Reality modernghana.com/news/745455/did-egyptians-never-ask-for-the-restitution-of-nefertiti.html Right side of Nefertiti, Egypt, now in Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany. “The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, ...

Kwame opoku – Unfounded Arguments Against Restitution Of Stolen Benin Artefacts

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

modernghana.comhttp://www.modernghana.com/news/683204/unfounded-arguments-against-restitution-of-stolen-benin-arte.html Unfounded Arguments Against Restitution Of Stolen Benin Artefacts The Benin Cockerel above was looted by the British invasion army in 1897 during their notorious ‘Punitive Expedition’ in which they stole over 3500 Benin artefacts from the palace of the Oba of Benin. "There was a dim grandeur about it all , and ...

Kwame Opoku: WILL HUMBOLDT – FORUM DEFEND HOLDING LOOTED ARTEFACTS WITH MISLEADING STATEMENTS AND SELF-SERVING ARGUMENTS?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

  “It is our prayer that the people and the government of Austria will show humaneness and magnanimity and return to us some of these objects which found their way to your country.” The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa. (1) After the publication of my article entitled “Looted /stolen cultural articles ...

Kwame Opoku – PROTECTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS THROUGH WIDE DISTRIBUTION

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Dr. James Cuno has given an interesting interview to Scott Simon which is not only about recent massive destructions of large monuments and built cultural structures in the Middle East but seizes this deplorable situation to present one of his pet arguments: the need to distribute cultural artefacts around the ...

Kwame Opoku – LOOTED/STOLEN CULTURAL ARTEFACTS DECLARED “SHARED HERITAGE”

Friday, August 21st, 2015

“The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks.” Gert v. Paczensky and Herbert Ganslmayr, Nofretete will nach Hause We must admit that the supporters of ...

Kwame Opoku – HAVE GERMANS FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THEIR EXTERMINATION WARS AGAINST THE HERERO, NAMA, SAN AND DAMARA AS GENOCIDE?

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

For a long time, successive German governments have sought to avoid taking responsibility for the genocide of the Herero and Nama of South-West Africa, now Namibia, in 1904-1908. We have in previous articles examined the various untenable arguments that were advanced by German governments to reject this historic cruelty and ...

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

Monday, July 13th, 2015

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 ...

Kwame Opoku – BRITISH MUSEUM “GUARDS” LOOTED SYRIAN OBJECT?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

BRITISH MUSEUM “GUARDS” LOOTED SYRIAN OBJECT?   “We are holding an object we know was illegally removed from Syria and one day it will go back.” Neil MacGregor. BBC. “Museums, libraries and archives must take precautions to ensure that they acquire, or borrow, only ethically acceptable items and reject items that might have ...

Kwame Opoku – DEFENCE OF “UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS” THROUH OMISSIONS AND IRRELEVANCIES‘

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

DEFENCE OF “UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS” THROUH OMISSIONS AND IRRELEVANCIES‘ “In this era of resurgent nationalist violence, encyclopedic museums are more important than ever.”’Dr. James Cuno There is a remarkable presentation in the Financial Times of 22 May, 2015 in the defence of the so-called “universal museum” or encyclopedic museum” by one of its ...

Kwame Opoku – THEY ARE SELLING RECORDS OF AFRICAN HISTORY: WHO CARES?

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

museum-security.org/opoku_selling_african_records.htm THEY ARE SELLING RECORDS OF AFRICAN HISTORY: WHO CARES? The auction house Dorotheum in Vienna has issued a catalogue announcing a forthcoming auction of cultural artefacts from Africa, Asia and Oceania on 26 May 2015. (1) Among the many African items to be sold are pieces of Nok (Nigeria), Komaland (Ghana) ...

VIENNA MUSEUM DIRECTOR CALLS FOR TIME LIMITATION ON NAZI LOOT CLAIMS

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

VIENNA MUSEUM DIRECTOR CALLS FOR TIME LIMITATION ON NAZI LOOT CLAIMS museum-security.org/Opoku_never_again.htm VIENNA MUSEUM DIRECTOR CALLS FOR TIME LIMITATION ON NAZI LOOT CLAIMS We are gradually beginning to think that there is something special about restitution which makes it very difficult for some, especially museum directors, to accept that there are crimes, including ...

BRITISH PARLIAMENT AND BRITISH MUSEUM REJECT GREEK REQUEST FOR UNESCO MEDIATION ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND BRITISH MUSEUM REJECT GREEK REQUEST FOR UNESCO MEDIATION ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES. Very few readers will be surprised by the negative response of the British Museum and the British Government to the Greek request for UNESCO mediation over the Parthenon Marbles in the British Museum.(1) The real surprise ...

THE MAN OF CONSCIENCE WHO RETURNED HIS GRANDFATHER’S LOOTED BENIN BRONZES

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

THE MAN OF CONSCIENCE WHO RETURNED HIS GRANDFATHER’S LOOTED BENIN BRONZES museum-security.org/opoku_man_who_returned_Benin_bronzes.htm  MAN WITH CONSCIENCE RETURNED HIS GRANDFATHER’S LOOTED BENIN BRONZES  "These objects are part of the cultural heritage of another people… to the people of Benin City, these objects are priceless ." Dr. Mark Walker. Mark Walker. Bird of Prophecy, looted by the British in 1897 ...

DOES DR.CUNO REALLY BELIEVE WHAT HE WRITES ?

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

DOES DR.CUNO REALLY BELIEVE WHAT HE WRITES ?   After my last article, I swore not to comment anymore on Dr.Cuno’s statements in order to avoid any impression that I was unduly concentrating on the opinions of one scholar. (1) However, it seems the U.S. American scholar is never tired of presenting ...

Kwame Opoku – WHO NEEDS AGAIN ANOTHER POLL ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES?

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

WHO NEEDS AGAIN ANOTHER POLL ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES? Anyone who has been following discussions on the Parthenon Marbles would be surprised to read about a new opinion poll on the same subject. She would ask herself if we have not had enough polls on the perennial question whether these Greek ...

Kwame opoku – Can Modern Technology Help Resolve Disputes On Restitution Of Cultural Artefacts?

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Afdrukken PDF E-mail 70% 80% 90% 100% 110% 120% 130% Grootte TekstAfbeeldingen Verwijderen Undo Can Modern Technology Help Resolve Disputes On Restitution Of Cultural Artefacts? modernghana.com/news/600073/1/can-modern-technology-help-reso.html There is no doubt that modern technology can contribute a great deal to arts and education generally in spreading knowledge about the cultures of the world. For example, a child in Nigeria can learn a lot about Africa ...

Kwame Opoku – CAN MODERN TECHNOLOGY HELP RESOLVE DISPUTES ON RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS?

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

museum-security.org/Opoku_modern_technology_and_restitution.htm CAN MODERN TECHNOLOGY HELP RESOLVE DISPUTES ON RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS? The Parthenon Sculpture of the river god Ilissios that the British Museum sent on a controversial loan to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. There is no doubt that modern technology can contribute a great deal to arts and education ...

Kwame Opoku – COULD VATICAN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM BE HOLDING ARTEFACTS WITH DOUBTFUL HISTORIES?

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

COULD VATICAN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM BE HOLDING ARTEFACTS WITH DOUBTFUL HISTORIES? The central issue can be ascribed to the fact that most of these Europeans intended, consciously or unconsciously, to destroy what was given in the African cultural world so as to implant that which is considered, in their view, human, civilised, ...

Kwame Opoku – VIENNA WORLD MUSEUM IS SHRINKING

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

VIENNA WORLD MUSEUM IS SHRINKING museum-security.org/vienna_world_museum_is_shrinking.htm According to reports in the Austrian media, the World Museum, Vienna, will be giving up some 700 sq .m. of its space of 4600 sq.m for a House of History that is to be established in the Hofburg, the imperial palace where the World Museum has ...

A NEW THEORY OF CHAOS FOR THE CULTURAL WORLD: BRITISH MUSEUM’S TACTICS WITH PARTHENON MARBLES

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

A NEW THEORY OF CHAOS FOR THE CULTURAL WORLD: BRITISH MUSEUM’S TACTICS WITH PARTHENON MARBLES museum-security.org/Kwame_Opoku_Wilful_Dispersal.htm WILFUL DISPERSAL OF DISPUTED CULTURAL OBJECTS AS DEFENCE STRATEGY: BRITISH MUSEUM’S DEFIANT TACTICS.     Parthenon Marbles, Athens, Greece, now in British Museum, London, United Kingdom. Those who have followed the discussions on restitution of cultural artefacts in the last few years ...

ECONOMIZING WITH TRUTH: GREEK REQUEST OF PARTHENON MARBLES LOAN THAT WAS REJECTED BY BRITISH MUSEUM

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

ECONOMIZING WITH TRUTH: GREEK REQEUST OF PARTHENON MARBLES LOAN THAT WAS REJECTED BY BRITISH MUSEUM museum-security.org/Kwame_opoku_to_loan_or_not_to_loan_Parthenon_Marbles.htm TO LOAN OR NOT TO LOAN: BRITISH MUSEUM DID DISCUSS WITH GREECE PARTHENON MARBLES LOAN “You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are our noblest ...

ARROGANCE, DUPLICITY AND DEFIANCE WITH NO END: BRITISH MUSEUM LOANS PARTHENON MARBLE TO RUSSIA

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

ARROGANCE, DUPLICITY AND DEFIANCE WITH NO END: BRITISH MUSEUM LOANS PARTHENON MARBLE TO RUSSIA museum-security.org/kwame_opoku_arrogance_british_museum.htm     ARROGANCE, DUPLICITY AND DEFIANCE WITH NO END: BRITISH MUSEUM LOANS PARTHENON MARBLE TO RUSSIA.     “Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday morning, MacGregor said he hoped the Greek government would be delighted that the sculpture would ...

DIRECTOR OF BRITISH MUSEUM, REPEATS OLD ARGUMENTS FOR BRITISH RETENTION OF PARTHENON MARBLES

Friday, November 14th, 2014

DIRECTOR OF BRITISH MUSEUM, REPEATS OLD ARGUMENTS FOR BRITISH RETENTION OF PARTHENON MARBLES museum-security.org/opoku_macgregor_2014.htm BRITISH MUSEUM DIRECTOR DEFENDS ONCE MORE RETENTION OF PARTHENON MARBLES.         “Yes. It’s not even a Greek monument. Many other Greek cities and islands protested bitterly about the money taken from them to build this in Athens.”   Neil MacGregor on the ...

CUNO AGAIN:REVIVING OLD ARGUMENTS TO PREVENT FUTURE REPATRIATION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

CUNO AGAIN:REVIVING OLD ARGUMENTS TO PREVENT FUTURE REPATRIATION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS museum-security.org/opoku_cuno_revives.htm   DR. CUNO AGAIN: REVIVING DISCREDITED ARGUMENTS TO PREVENT FUTURE REPATRIATION OF MUSEUM ARTEFACTS . When I read Dr. Cuno’s latest article entitled “  The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts
”  in the American journal Foreign Affairs,(Nov/Dec 2014) appearing under a bold heading, “Culture War”, I was very ...

Kwame Opoku – CAN ITALIAN MARITIME MUSEUM HELP REPATRIATE LOOTED CAMEROONIAN ARTEFACTS

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

According to the Journal du Cameroun, an Italian Maritime Museum has declared its willingness and readiness to assist in repatriating looted Cameroonian cultural artefacts that are at present in Europe. (1) This offer of assistance was made by the president of the Maritime Museum in Genoa, Italy, Professor Maria Paola Profumo, during ...

Kwame_Opoku – DID EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE AUTHORIZE DAKAR-DJIBOUTI EXPEDITION TO REMOVE RELIGIOUS PAINTINGS?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

LOST ETHIOPIAN PAINTING REAPPEARS museum-security.org/Kwame_Opoku_Haile_Selassie.htm   DID EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE AUTHORIZE DAKAR-DJIBOUTI EXPEDITION TO REMOVE RELIGIOUS PAINTINGS?   Painting of St John, Ethiopia, now in Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France We read with great interest and attention a report entitled “Stolen Ethiopian Saint John Turns Up at Paris Auction” which was published by the Museum Security Network and ...

Kwame Opoku – A SEASON OF “MIRACLES’’? BOSTON MUSEUM RETURNS LOOTED NIGERIAN ARTEFACTS

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

A SEASON OF “MIRACLES’’? BOSTON MUSEUM RETURNS LOOTED NIGERIAN ARTEFACTS “It is indeed unfortunate that so much Nok material has been looted over time to supply the international market. Properly excavated, such pieces might have shed valuable light on the Nok culture.” Ekpo Eyo. (1) When I read the news that the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was returning ...

Kwame Opoku – A BRITON RETURNS TWO LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A BRITON RETURNS TWO LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS museum-security.org/Kwame_Opoku_return_of_Benin_bonzes_by_a_Briton.htm RETURN  OF TWO LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BY A BRITON: HISTORY IN THE MAKING “Culture is the soul of a nation. The illicit removal or destruction of cultural property deprives peoples of their history and tradition. Restitution is the only means that can restore damage and reinstate ...

Kwame Opoku: Oba of Benin never endorsed donation of artefacts to foreign museum

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Oba of Benin never endorsed donation of artefacts to foreign museum museum-security.org/Kwame_opoku_interview_with_akenzua.htm WILL OTHER HOLDERS OF BENIN BRONZES ALSO RETURN THE LOOTED ARTEFACTS?-INTERVIEW WITH PRINCE EDUN AKENZUA, BROTHER OF OBA OF BENIN.   Members of the notorious British Punitive Expedition of 1897 against Benin, posing proudly with looted Benin ivories and bronze objects   We reproduce ...

Kwame Opoku: CHINESE PURCHASE A CHINESE ARTEFACT FOR 20 MILLION DOLLARS

Monday, April 14th, 2014

CHINESE PURCHASE A CHINESE ARTEFACT FOR 20 MILLION DOLLARS museum-security.org/kwame_opoku_chinese-buy-artifacts.htm CHINESE PURCHASE CHINESE ARTEFACT FOR US$ 20 MILLION DOLLARS  It has been widely reported in the press that a group of private Chinese businessmen and collectors from Hunan Province, China, have collectively bought a Chinese wine vessel for US$ 20 million in a ...

Kwame Opoku – WILL NAMIBIAN BONES HAUNT GERMANS FOR A LONG TIME

Monday, December 30th, 2013

WILL NAMIBIAN BONES HAUNT GERMANS FOREVER?     “Any Herero found within the German borders, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot. I no longer receive women or children. I will drive them back to their people or order them to be shot. These are my words to ...

Kwame Opoku – COLOMBIAN OBJECTIONS TO LENDING ARTEFACTS FOR EXHIBITION HONOURING GERMAN ETHNOLOGIST: LESSONS FOR NIGERIANS AND OTHER AFRICANS

Friday, December 27th, 2013

A recent article entitled “Colombia calls off exhibition of sculptures in face of protests”, reprinted by the Museum Security Network, seems to me to contain some lessons which may be useful for Nigerians and other Africans, often faced with requests to lend artefacts to the very Western museums that are illegally ...

Dr. Kwame Opoku – GERMANS DEBATE LEGITIMACY OF LOOTED ARTEFACTS IN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM BERLIN

Friday, December 27th, 2013

GERMANS DEBATE LEGITIMACY OF LOOTED ARTEFACTS IN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM BERLIN museum-security.org/opoku_germans_debate_ligitimacy_benin_artifacts.htm GERMANS DEBATE LEGITIMACY AND LEGALITY OF LOOTED ARTEFACTS IN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM, BERLIN.   The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections,  directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap ...

Dr.Kwame Opoku – NEWLY DISCOVERED NOK SCULPTURES EXHIBITED FOR THE FIST TIME, NOT IN NIGERIA BUT IN GERMANY

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

NEWLY DISCOVERED NOK SCULPTURES EXHIBITED FOR THE FIST TIME, NOT IN NIGERIA BUT IN GERMANY museum-security.org/NEWLY_DISCOVERED_NOK_SCULPTURES_EXHIBITED_FOR_THE_FIST_TIME.htm NEWLY DISCOVERED NOK SCULPTURES EXHIBITED FOR THE FIRST TIME, NOT IN NIGERIA BUT IN GERMANY.   Nok sculpture, male figure with shell on his head , Nigeria, now in, Liebighaus Sammlungen, Frankfurt, Germany Photo:Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute for Archaeological       We read with ...

25th SEPTEMBER, 2013: WHAT ARE THEY CELEBRATING IN BOSTON

Monday, September 30th, 2013

25th SEPTEMBER, 2013: WHAT ARE THEY CELEBRATING IN BOSTON museum-security.org/boston_celebration_looted_benin_statues.htm WHAT WERE THEY CELEBRATING ON TWENTY-FIFTH SEPTEMBER, 2013, IN BOSTON MUSEUM WITH LOOTED BENIN BRONZES?                 According to information on the homepage of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, U.S.A. there will be a series of celebrations on the opening of the so-called Benin ...

CAN WE CONDEMN ACQUISITION OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS BY BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND STILL PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES DISPLAYING THE OBJECTS

Monday, September 16th, 2013

CAN WE CONDEMN ACQUISITION OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS BY BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND STILL PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES DISPLAYING THE OBJECTS museum-security.org/benin_boston.htm         CAN WE CONDEMN ACQUISITION OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS BY BOSTON MUSEUM AND STILL PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES INVOLVING THESE SAME ARTEFACTS?                 Commemorative head of an Oba, Benin, Nigeria, now in Museum ...

DID GERMANS NEVER HEAR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY NIGERIA’S DEMAND FOR RETURN OF ARTEFACTS

Monday, September 9th, 2013

DID GERMANS NEVER HEAR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY NIGERIA’S DEMAND FOR RETURN OF LOOTED ARTEFACTS?   “The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks.” Gert v. Paczensky ...

WILL NIGERIA FINALLY RAISE RESTITUTION OF BENIN BRONZES AT UNESCO INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE

Monday, August 19th, 2013

WILL NIGERIA FINALLY RAISE RESTITUTION OF BENIN BRONZES AT UNESCO INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE museum-security.org/WILL%20NIGERIA%20FINALLY%20RAISE%20RESTITUTION%20OF%20BENIN%20BRONZES%20AT%20UNESCO%20INTERGOVERNMENTAL%20COMMITTEE.htm WILL NIGERIA FINALLY RAISE RESTITUTION OF BENIN ARTEFACTS AT UNESCO INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE?                     Queen-mother Idia, Benin, Nigeria, now in Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, Germany .          We read with great interest a report on the coming exhibition of Ife art in   Swedish National Museums for World ...

WHERE ARE THE 400 BENIN BRONZES DONATED TO THE MUSEUM BY FULLER

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS IN FIELD MUSEUM, CHICAGO, USA.     'The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks.' Gert v. Paczensky and Herbert Ganslmayr, Nofretete will nach Hause (1)     Commemorative ...

Kwame Opoku – ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM, VIENNA CHANGES NAME TO WORLD MUSEUM, VIENNA: WHAT IS IN A NAME?

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

WHAT IS IN A NAME http://www.museum-security.org/kwame_opoku/ethnology_museum_vienna_changes_name_to_world_museum.html May 12, 2013 ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM, VIENNA CHANGES NAME TO WORLD MUSEUM, VIENNA: WHAT IS IN A NAME?       "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."       Shakespeare (1), Romeo and Juliet Völkerkundemuseum, Vienna, now renamed World Museum, Vienna.   As has been reported in various ...