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In connection with the recent return to Namibia of 20 skulls of Namibians that were taken to Germany during the German colonial rule in South -West Africa, now Namibia, Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of Namibia is reported to have declared at the airport, as follows:  “The Namibian nation accepts these mortal remains as a symbolic closure of a tragic chapter.”

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November 20th, 2011

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Most interesting. This museum is NOT a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and still refusing to return a stolen Egyptian mask (the Ka Nefer Nefer mask that was stolen from a warehouse in Saqqara, Egypt). The Saint Louis Art museum ignores the ICOM code of ethics.

Saint Louis Art Museum announces major gift of nearly 150 European artworks

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=51881

November 20, 2011
ST. LOUIS, MO.-

 The

Saint Louis Art Museum

 announces that Mark Weil and Phoebe Dent Weil have pledged to the Museum their collection of European art. Collected over the past 25 years, this generous promised gift of paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints will enhance the experience of generations of Museum visitors.

“This gift will transform the Museum’s collection of European art,” said Museum Director Brent R. Benjamin. “The Museum is honored to have worked so closely with Mark and Phoebe and is grateful for the generous commitment of their distinguished collection.”

The nearly 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints are predominantly from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands and represent a variety of media. Some particularly noteworthy works are Andrea Mantegna’s Entombment and Albrecht Dürer’s Adam and Eve. There are also outstanding examples of sculpture, such as Benedetto da Maiano’s Saint John the Evangelist, Jacopo Sansovino’s Saint John the Baptist(attributed) and Gianlorenzo Bernini’s Cristo Morto.

The Weil Collection includes many superb prints that were shown in the 2006–2007 exhibition Rembrandt: Master Etchings from St. Louis Collections, and were featured in the accompanying catalogue of the same name. Among these is a stunning impression of Rembrandt’s most famous print, Christ Preaching (“The Hundred Guilder Print”).

Mark Weil is an art historian and former director of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Phoebe Dent Weil is an art conservator who pioneered the field of sculpture conservation in St. Louis in the 1970s. The works they have collected date from the 15th to 18th century and reflect their professional and personal interests over the years.

A native St. Louisan, Mark grew up a mere three-minute walk from Forest Park. His grandmother, Etta Steinberg, was a Museum Trustee and contributed major works of art which helped lay a prestigious foundation for the Museum’s collection. Both she and Mark’s parents were life-long Museum supporters; his brother, John, has served on the Museum’s Board of Commissioners, most recently as President.

Mark and Phoebe share an excitement about the educational opportunities their collection will provide Art Museum visitors. “We wanted to leave a study collection for the people of St. Louis so they can look at and learn about art from a body of material,” says Mark.

“The Weil collection will expand the Museum’s holdings in sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth-century European sculpture with impressive works of bronze, marble and terracotta,” noted Judith Mann, curator of European art to 1800. “It will also add examples by major figures in the history of sculpture, including Gianlorenzo Bernini, Benedetto da Maiano, and François Duquesnoy.”

The commitment of the Weil Collection continues a legacy of philanthropic giving which has built the Saint Louis Art Museum over 132 years into the internationally-recognized institution it is today.

Saint Louis Art Museum announces major gift of nearly 150 European artworks.

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Verdachte inbraak aangehouden na DNA-matchUlft, 18-11-2011 • De politie heeft onlangs twee mannen aangehouden op verdenking van een inbraak bij een museum op het DRU Industriepark in Ulft in juni vorig jaar. De politie kwam de 29-jarige verdachte op het spoor naar aanleiding van een DNA-onderzoek. In de nacht van 16 op 17 juni 2010 werd er ingebroken bij het museum c.q. atelier. De buit bestond uit onder meer gereedschappen en gietijzeren schilden, die eigendom waren van de Oudheidkundige Vereniging. Deze schilden waren van grote historische waarde en werden vroeger gemaakt in de gieterij van de voormalige DRU.Het team Forensische Opsporing heeft destijds een uitgebreid sporenonderzoek ingesteld. Er werden sporen veilig gesteld en aan het Nederlands Forensisch Instituut aangeboden. Dit heeft onlangs tot een match geleid en de politie heeft de 29-jarige man uit Doetinchem aangehouden als verdachte.Later in het onderzoek, kwam daar nog een tweede verdachte bij, de 27-jarige man uit Houten. Ook hij is inmiddels aangehouden en verhoord. Van de gestolen spullen is niets teruggevonden.Tegen beide mannen wordt proces-verbaal opgemaakt.

via Politie.nl – Verdachte inbraak aangehouden na DNA-match.

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Wat gebeurt er met gestolen kunst? – Radio 1

http://www.radio1.nl/contents/41185-wat-gebeurt-er-met-gestolen-kunst

November 10, 2011
NCRV

10 november 2011

kunst.jpgVandaag dient voor het gerechtshof in Den Bosch het hoger beroep in de zaak van de Frans Hals-diefstal. In 2002 werden in het Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem vijf schilderijen gestolen. De politie wist de doeken na zes jaar weer terug te vinden, door de inzet van een infiltrant. Die liet weten geïnteresseerd te zijn om de kunstwerken te kopen van de dieven. Daar zit nou net het probleem voor kunstrovers. Een schilderij stelen is één, maar wat kun je er als kunstdief verder mee?

Een gesprek daarover met Ton Cremers, voormalig hoofd beveiliging van het Rijksmuseum en hij heeft nu een museum-beveiligingsbedrijf.


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tomflynn: Art Loss Register defends its Due Diligence vetting at TEFAF

http://tom-flynn.blogspot.com/2011/11/art-los-register-defends-due-diligence.html

November 9, 2011

The Art Loss Register, responsible for the annual Due Diligence vetting of the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, has responded rapidly to a suggestion that its vetting processes might have been at fault after a Nicolas Tournier painting (

left

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As the newswires reported yesterday (and which I blogged here), the painting of Christ carrying the Cross by French Baroque artist Nicolas Tournier was, according to the French state, stolen from the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse in 1818. When the picture turned up on the stand of London Old Master dealer Weiss at the recent Paris Tableau art fair, the French government immediately stepped in to try and confiscate the picture. It was reported that an export block would be placed on it.

It was also reported that Weiss had bought the picture from French dealer Didier Aaron at TEFAF Maastricht in 2010 and then offered it on their own stand at TEFAF in 2011.

The Art Loss Register has now written to Messrs Weiss and Aaron (below) to reassure them that the picture was checked by their staff on both occasions, neither of which revealed any problems with its provenance. At present, the ALR’s records do not extend back as far as 1818.

This would seem to indicate that some improvement in communications is required between agencies like the ALR and those state bodies who see a duty to intervene when problematic pictures appear at art fairs in their jurisdiction. It is embarrassing for the dealers and it is embarrassing for the ALR which, on this occasion, seems to have done what it was required to do.

How far back should stolen art databases go? The Tournier picture may have been stolen way back in the mists of the early nineteenth century and a statute of limitations may have expired long ago; but the theft remains part of its provenance. Information on the 1818 theft ought to be included in the painting’s historical profile. That data can only be acquired and incorporated if data companies work proactively with state departments to blend all the known data. That might be a step towards an even more comprehensive process of Due Diligence.

Forewarned is forearmed.

[I thank the Art Loss Register for sending me a copy of the letter below] 

tomflynn: Art Loss Register defends its Due Diligence vetting at TEFAF.

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De politie Zuid-Holland-Zuid heeft de schilderijen die in mei van dit jaar uit een museum in Leerdam werden gestolen, teruggevonden. Inmiddels zijn vier mannen aangehouden. De werken van Frans Hals en Jacob van Ruisdael worden donderdag overhandigd aan het museum.

Leerdam, 3 november 2011
Politie spoort gestolen schilderijen op

Aan de redactie

 

De politie Zuid-Holland-Zuid heeft de schilderijen die in mei van dit jaar uit een museum in Leerdam werden gestolen, teruggevonden. Inmiddels zijn vier mannen aangehouden. De werken van Frans Hals en Jacob van Ruisdael worden donderdag overhandigd aan het museum.

 

De schilderijen werden in de nacht van donderdag 26 op vrijdag 27 mei gestolen uit het museum Het Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden. Het betreft “De twee lachende jongens, van wie één met een bontmuts en een bierkruik” van Frans Hals en een schilderij met de naam “Bosgezicht met bloeiende vlier” van Jacob van Ruisdael. Beide schilderijen behoren tot het cultureel erfgoed.

 

De diefstal werd opgemerkt toen het alarm afging. De politie startte daarop een onderzoek. In de omgeving van het museum werd de lijst van een van de schilderijen in een heg teruggevonden. Verder werd er buurtonderzoek en sporenonderzoek gedaan, stonden de werken gesignaleerd in een internationale databank voor gestolen kunst en heeft opsporing verzocht aandacht besteed aan de kunstroof.
Politie en OM kwamen de schilderijen op het spoor nadat bij de politie informatie was binnengekomen over de schilderijen. Daarop werd onder leiding van de officier van justitie het onderzoek opgeschaald en werd een team samengesteld dat er vooral op was gericht de waardevolle schilderijen zo snel mogelijk onbeschadigd terug te krijgen. Na een intensief opsporingstraject slaagde de politie er op vrijdag 28 oktober in om de schilderijen in beslag te nemen. Daarbij werden vier mannen aangehouden.
De verdachten variëren in leeftijd van 48 tot 62 jaar en komen uit de omgeving van Amsterdam. Ze worden verdacht van heling, witwassen en betrokkenheid bij de diefstal van de schilderijen. Drie verdachten zijn woensdag door de rechter-commissaris voor 14 dagen in bewaring gesteld. De vierde verdachte is voortvluchtig, nadat hij door de rechter-commissaris op vrije voeten werd gesteld. Voordat de schilderijen aan het museum konden worden overhandigd, zijn de werken bij het Nederlands Forensisch Instituut gebracht voor sporenonderzoek.

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De schilderijen worden donderdagmiddag om 15.30 uur door OM en politie overhandigd aan de directeur van het museum. Er is gelegenheid tot het maken van foto’s. Legitimatiebewijs en politieperskaart zijn daarbij verplicht.

Voor meer informatie over dit onderwerp kunt u contact opnemen met de persofficier. Deze is bereikbaar via 010-8888 999


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