An attorney for a French woman who sued the University of Oklahoma over a painting that the Nazis stole from her family says a settlement has been reached and that the university will return the painting to her.New York attorney Pierre Ciric told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the settlement was signed by both parties regarding ownership of the painting “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep” by the impressionist master Camille Pissaro.He says under the settlement, 100 percent the painting’s title will be transferred to his client, Leona Meyers. The agreement also calls for the painting to be displayed publicly at OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, Oklahoma, and a museum in France.A university spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Source: Attorney: Settlement Reached Over Painting Stolen by Nazis – ABC News

February 23rd, 2016

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Looted artefacts, imperialist statues: is repatriation and removal the answer?

Carmen Fishwick and Guardian readersMonday 22 February 2016 13.29 GMT

Cambridge University students have voted that a bronze cockerel looted from Benin in 1897 is to be repatriated from Jesus hall, Cambridge University, to Nigeria.

Ore Ogunbiyi, the JCSU racial equalities officer behind the campaign, wrote on her blog: “It’s quite nice to see Jesus setting a precedent and taking steps in the right direction to weed out the colonial legacies that exist in bits of the university … but how exciting and momentous and revolutionary is this?”

As well as looting art, the British killed thousands of people and set the city at the centre of the Benin empire, in modern-day Nigeria, on fire during the expedition in which the bronze cockerel was obtained. Nigeria has repeatedly asked for all Benin bronzes to be repatriated.

The cockerel is the latest art piece to cause controversy, forcing difficult conversations over the suitability of art pieces in their current context. A plaque dedicated to the imperialist Cecil Rhodes was removed from Oriel college at Oxford University last December after a successful student campaign by the UK-based supporters of the South African Rhodes Must Fall campaign. Yet a campaign to remove a statue of the British imperialist from the college last month failed to find enough support.

Source: Looted artefacts, imperialist statues: is repatriation and removal the answer? | Community | The Guardian

February 23rd, 2016

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Thief returns missing Waldo Water Tower painting to KC library with remorseful letter included

By Katie Banks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A thief who stole a painting from a Kansas City library has finally returned it, and he included a heartfelt apology letter.

The oil painting of the historic Waldo Water Tower resurfaced a little more than a week after FOX 4 aired surveillance video of the man taking the painting from the Waldo branch of the public library.

“It was surprise – surprise and then just relief,” said Waldo Branch Manager Meredith Roberson, who discovered the stolen painting when it was returned to the library in a mailed package Monday morning.

“I couldn’t help it,” she continued. “I got teary and kind of yelled and ran through the library!”

Local artist Patrick Saunders loaned the painting to the library last summer as a way to celebrate the second phase of the tower’s restoration.

In October someone stole it, and the crime was thrust into the spotlight earlier this month when FOX 4 aired surveillance pictures and video of the accused thief walking off with it.

“I don`t know how many times it was shared through social media,” Roberson said of our news story. “I kept hearing of all these different ways that people had heard about it.”

Perhaps one of those people was the perpetrator, who included a note in the package that read:

“I made a very immature and stupid mistake by taking this painting. I apologize for the time, effort and concern put into this matter. I am very embarrassed and wish nothing but the best for Kansas City and its library community.”

Source: Thief returns missing Waldo Water Tower painting to KC library with remorseful letter included | fox4kc.com

February 23rd, 2016

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Stolen Chinese relic to return after 20 years

Source: Stolen Chinese relic to return after 20 years

February 23rd, 2016

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Indignatio magna in corde meo. Possum legere, legi non opus.

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