Ik geef toe dat ik heb moeten wennen aan Wim Pijbes en zijn soms amechtige presentaties in praatprogramma’s. Zie: http://www.meditatione-ignis.org/bill-pijbes-in-emsterdem-en-de-engelse-ziekte/

Toch werd hij na enige tijd een door mij zeer gerespecteerde museumdirecteur (voor wat mijn waardering waard is). Echt een verlies voor het Rijks. Het zal niet simpel zijn een gelijkwaardige opvolger te vinden. Jammer. Museum Voorlinden is ‘spekkoper’.

Ik maakte zelf drie directeuren mee: Levie, Van Os en De Leeuw. Wim Pijbes volgde ik na mijn vertrek uit het Rijks op afstand.

Zijn plaats in bovenstaand rijtje is prominent.

TC.

Wim Pijbes gaat weg als directeur van het Rijkmuseum. Per 1 augustus van dit jaar legt hij zijn functie neer. Pijbes wordt algemeen directeur van Voorlinden, een nieuw museum voor hedendaagse kunst en bijbehorend natuurgebied tussen Wassenaar en Scheveningen.

Source: Wim Pijbes vertrekt als directeur van Rijksmuseum | Beeldende Kunst | de Volkskrant

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Rathkeale Rovers gang leaders convicted of £57m plot to steal rhino horn and Chinese artefacts

Paul Peachey Crime Correspondent

Senior leaders of a prolific international gang of rhino-horn thieves known as the Rathkeale Rovers have been convicted of museum raids that netted £57m. The convictions represent a major police success against a brutal criminal organisation.

Key planners from the gang – blamed for dozens of burglaries across Europe dating back to 2009 –  were convicted of two smash-and-grab raids in Britain within eight days. These targeted Chinese antiquities and each landed bigger hauls than the £14m Hatton Garden safety deposit heist.

The convictions of six members of one family deal a significant blow to the Irish Traveller gang whose criminality led to a pan-European police operation and sparked demands for action from the top of the UK Government.

It can now be reported for the first time that senior planners from the Rathkeale Rovers were among 14 people convicted over roles in nine attempted or planned raids in Britain. The raids included two at Durham’s Oriental Museum and the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge: Chinese antiquities worth up to £57m were stolen. Two-thirds of the haul has never been recovered and is believed to have been shipped out of the country to Far Eastern buyers.

“If you think the Hatton Garden break-in was big, this will blow that out of the water,” said Detective Superintendent Adrian Green, who led the investigation. “Because of the variations which can be given by auction houses the total value of the items targeted comes to anywhere between £18m and £57m. This illustrates just how massively profitable this trade was.”

The scene of the robbery at Durham University’s Oriental Museum, where two items where stolen (PA)

The gang, with strong links to the Irish town in Co Limerick from which it takes its name, has been linked to museum or auction house raids in at least 16 nations across Europe, rhino poaching in Southern Africa, and attempts to smuggle horn from the United States. At least eight of those convicted had links to the town.

Rhino horn can bring a higher profit than gold or cocaine, fuelled by strong demand from countries such as Vietnam and China, where it is prized for its supposed medicinal qualities. It has been known to command prices of around £45,000 a kilo. Investigators estimate nearly 100 rhino horns were stolen in just a few years to 2013.

The gang’s senior members – said to be from a small group of families from the nomadic community – escaped detection by remaining in the shadows while paying career criminals and the vulnerable to carry out the raids, and ensuring their silence with at times brutal violence.

Members of the extended Irish “Kerry” O’Brien family were identified through telephone data during a series of panicked calls after their hired hands “lost” a £16m haul from the Durham Oriental Museum in April 2012. After failing to find the antiquities that they stashed on waste ground on the outskirts of Durham, the gang stole 18 precious items from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge just over a week later to fulfil an order for a jade bowl for a Far Eastern buyer. Those items, worth up to £40m, have never been recovered.

Dr Noah Charney, the founder of the Association of Research into Crimes against Art, said: “Theft on commission is largely a fictional concept – but it’s an exception when dealing with the Far East and China in particular.”

Along with the senior leadership, a Hong Kong middle-man, Chi Chong Donald Wong, who garnered orders for Far Eastern customers, and a raft of low-level criminals have also been found guilty after three trials that could not be reported until now for legal reasons. The convictions represent a rare series of victories against the gang, also believed to have been involved in fraud, fake goods, drug smuggling and violence.

With the world’s rhino population cut by 90 per cent since the 1970s, the gang focused on dead creatures in museums, which for years had failed to understand the value of their stocks before beefing up security in response to the raids. “They are a bit like banks where people can come in and touch the money,” said Supt Green.

Timeline: The Rathkeale Rovers’ raids

The Rathkeale Rovers have been linked to major rhino horn and antiquities hauls of the last six years. The following cases are a snapshot of the dozens of raids on auction houses, museums and private collections in more than 16 countries across the continent, and in South  Africa, some of which have been directly linked to the Rovers.

• April 2009, Cape Town, South Africa Two 19th century white rhino horns stolen from Iziko  Museum in Cape Town.
• December 2010, Munster, Germany Rhino horn stolen from zoo.
• April 2011, Coimbra, Portugal Two rhino horns stolen from Museum of Science, days after group of Irishman were given tour. Calls made at the time of the raid were linked to a phone belonging to the wife of a Rathkeale Rover.
• June 2011, Hamburg, Bamberg and Gifhorn, Germany Horns and a rhino jaw are taken from several targeted German museums.
• June 2011, Florence, Italy Thieves locked themselves in museum of natural history overnight before escaping with three horns.
• July 2011, Brussels, Belgium Rhino head stolen from natural history museum.
• July 2011, Czech Republic Hunting trophies are taken from a Czech castle during a nightly tour.
• July 2011, Blois, France  Rhino head stolen from the Museum of Natural History in Blois.
• July 2011, Gothenburg, Sweden Horn stolen from Gothenburg’s Museum of Natural History, with thieves sawing it off an exhibit during opening hours.
• December 2011, Paris, France Raiders use stun gun against guards before escaping with horn from the Museum of Hunting and Nature.
• January 2012, Durham The Durham Oriental Museum is targeted by an  Irishman who uses decorators’ tools in an apparent  attempt to prise open a  cabinet and steal a Ming Dynasty ceramic sculpture. The glass shatters and he is caught as he tries to  escape.
• February 2012, Norwich Four men walk into Castle Museum and try to carry off a rhino head. It’s too heavy, they drop it and they flee empty-handed. The criminal team hired by members of  the Rovers are convicted.
• March, 2012, Lewes The Rathkeale Rovers target Gorringes auction house in Lewes to steal a £60,000 rhino libation cup. Hired criminals from the Custom House gang leap over the counter of a showroom, grab the wrong item, and are  wrestled to the ground outside.
• April 2012, Durham and Cambridge Two raids net the gang up to £31m in Chinese antiquities. In the first raid against the Durham Oriental Museum, the gang escaped with a haul estimated at £2m-£16m but lose it after hiding it on  waste ground at the edge of the city. They hit the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge within eight days to find direct replacement items for Far Eastern buyers.

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Bizarre bedrijfscultuur – falende museumdirecteuren worden in de watten gelegd

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De afgelopen 25 jaar werd de museumwereld een aantal keren geconfronteerd met zeer ernstige schade veroorzaakt door lethargisch beleid van museumdirecteuren. Consequenties van falen door eindverantwoordelijken hoort niet tot de bedrijfscultuur van musea. Je vraagt je af waarom. Het vermoeden dringt zich op dat consequenties uitblijven omdat het falen gevolg is van een keten falende verantwoordelijkheid van subsidiegever, bestuur, raad van toezicht tot de eindverantwoordelijke directeur.

In de profit sector komt het regelmatig voor dat ondeskundige managers hun biezen moeten pakken. Ik geef toe: dat biezen pakken gaat nogal eens gepaard met een financiële douceur waar menig werknemer in dienstverband van smult. Wie wil er niet als een Rijkman Groenink genoodzaakt worden de werkjas aan de wilgen te hangen? Rijkman – what’s in a name – zou later spreken over rampjaar: 2007, het jaar waarin hij door de vijandige overname van de ABN AMRO bank een beloning van een slordige 30 miljoen euro in de schoot geworpen kreeg. Bij zijn vertrek kreeg hij twee jaarsalarissen mee en zijn optie- en aandelenbeloningen bleken in één klap zo’n 26 miljoen euro waard. Je zou bijna medelijden krijgen met de man, vooral omdat het volk nog jaren kritiek bleef spuien over dit riante afscheidscadeau. Groenink, een verklaard tegenstander van absurd hoge bonussen in de bankenwereld – een beter voorbeeld van een vos die de passie predikt is niet denkbaar – ziet het geld dat hij kreeg als genoegdoening voor het onverteerbare feit dat ABN Amro in 2007 tegen zijn zin werd overgenomen en opgeknipt. Een jaar later bleek niet alleen de ABN AMRO bank er een bende van te hebben gemaakt, maar dat vrijwel de hele bankenwereld wegens egoïstisch, zelfverrijkend management door de mand viel. Er rolden vele volgevreten koppen op alle niveaus in de bankenwereld.

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Colpo grosso al museo: trafugate 15 tele preziose di Bellini e Rubens

 

VERONA – Clamoroso colpo dei banditi al Museo di Castelvecchio a Verona, dove ieri sera sono stati rubati 15 preziosi quadriesposti nella galleria d’arte. Ad agire una banda di professionisti: tre malviventi armati con il volto coperto hanno minacciato e immobilizzato l’unica guardia giurata privata presente e la cassiera, che è stata immobilizzata e imbavagliata con il nastro adesivo e tenuta sotto costante controllo da parte di uno dei malviventi. Gli altri intanto hanno costretto il vigilante ad accompagnarli nelle sale dove hanno rubato i quadri.

Tra le opere trafugate ci sono “La Madonna della quaglia” del Pisanello, il “Ritratto di bambino con il disegno” di Giovanni Caroto, “San Girolamo penitente nel deserto” di Jacopo Bellini.

Tra le opere trafugate anche 5 dipinti del Tintoretto, e capolavori di Peter Paul Rubens, di Hans de Jode e di Giovanni Benini.

Sul posto per i rilievi gli uomini della Polizia Scientifica.Alcune delle opere rubate

A tarda ora sono arrivati anche il sindaco Flavio Tosi e la direttrice del Musei civici, Paola Marini che al momento del furto si trovava al Ristorante 12 Apostoli per ricevere l’omonimo premio.

«Erano dei professionisti, sapevano cosa prendere e conoscevano il Museo», ha detto Tosi. «Si tratta di 11 capolavori e quattro opere minori» ha spiegato Tosi sottolineando che «sicuramente qualcuno li ha mandati, perché si sono mossi con abilità, andando a colpo sicuro». «Tra i dipinti rubati – ha concluso – ci sono capolavori di Mantegna, Rubens, Pisanello; praticamente le opere più preziose esposte».

L’autorità giudiziaria ha delegato il Nucleo Tutela Patrimonio Artistico dei Carabinieri a seguire le indagini. E per questo da Roma – a quanto si apprende – sono partiti il comandante del Nucleo e diverse altre figure professionali della sezione Antiquariato. Ilvalore dele opere rubate è compreso tra i 10 e i 15 milioni di euro.

Il museo.

Il Museo Civico di Verona è ospitato al Castello Scaligero, noto come Castelvecchio. La fortezza venne fatta erigere nel 1354 da Cangrande della Scala. Restaurato e allestito tra il 1958 e il 1974 con il progetto di Carlo Scarpa, il museo si sviluppa in 29 sale distribuite su vari livelli e vi sono esposti oggetti paleocristiani, reperti di oreficeria longobarda, opere scultoree dal X al XIV secolo, armi ed armature medievali, dipinti dal Trecento al Settecento. Tra i dipinti, tele e pale ci sono opere di Pisanello, Andrea Mantegna, Jacopo Bellini, Giovanni Caroto, Paolo Caliari, Jacopo Tintoretto, Girolamo dai Libri, Francesco Morone, Paolo Farinati, Alessandro Turchi. I Musei Civici di Verona sono diretti da Paola Marini, storica dell’arte 63enne che dopo oltre 20 anni sta per lasciare l’incarico. Il ministro dei Beni culturali, Dario Franceschini, infatti l’ha nominata alla guida della Galleria dell’Accademia di Venezia, direzione che assumerà il prossimo 5 dicembre.

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Verona, colpo grosso al museo di Castelvecchio: trafugate 15 tele di Tintoretto, Mantegna e Bellini

Clamoroso colpo dei banditi al Museo di Castelvecchio a Verona, dove ieri sera sono stati rubati 15 preziosi quadri esposti nella galleria d’arte. Ad agire una banda di professionisti: tre malviventi con il colpo coperto hanno immobilizzato l’unica guardia giurata privata presente e la cassiera, poi hanno costretto il vigilante ad accompagnarli nelle sale dove hanno rubato i quadri che h

anno un valore compreso tra i 10 e i 15 milioni di euro.

Tra le opere trafugate ci sono «La Madonna della quaglia» del Pisanello, il «Ritratto di bambino con il disegno» di Giovanni Caroto, «San Girolamo penitente nel deserto» di Jacopo Bellini.

E anche 5 dipinti del Tintoretto, e capolavori di Peter Paul Rubens.

Sul posto per i rilievi gli uomini della Polizia Scientifica.

A tarda ora sono arrivati anche il sindaco Flavio Tosi e la direttrice del Musei civici, Paola Marini che al momento del furto si trovava al Ristorante 12 Apostoli per ricevere l’omonimo premio.

Tra le opere trafugate al Museo di Castelvecchio di Verona cinque dipinti del Tintoretto. Si tratta di «Madonna allattante», «Trasporto dell’arca dell’alleanza», «Banchetto di Baltassar», «Sansone» e «Giudizio di Salomone».

Le altre opere rubate sono: Dama delle licnidi« di Peter Paul Rubens, »Sacra famiglia con una santa« di Andrea Mantegna, »Ritratto maschile« della cerchia di Jacopo Tintoretto; »Ritratto di ammiraglio veneziano« della Bottega di Domenico Tintoretto; »Madonna della quaglia« del Pisanello, »San Girolamo penitente« di Jacopo Bellini, »Ritratto di giovane con disegno infantile« e »Ritratto di giovane benedettino« di Giovanni Francesco Caroto, »Porto di mare« di Hans de Jode e »Ritratto di Girolamo Pompei« di Giovanni Benini.

«Erano dei professionisti, sapevano cosa prendere e conoscevano il Museo». Lo ha detto il sindaco di Verona, Flavio Tosi, che questa notte si è trattenuto fino a tarda ora al Museo Civico di Castelvecchio, dove tre banditi hanno trafugato 15 opere d’arte. «Si tratta di 11 capolavori e quattro opere minori» ha spiegato Tosi sottolineando che «sicuramente qualcuno li ha mandati, perchè si sono mossi con abilità, andando a colpo sicuro». Secondo quanto si è appreso i banditi erano armati ed hanno minacciato la guardia giurata e la cassiera, che poi è stata immobilizzata e imbavagliata con il nastro adesivo e tenuta sotto costante controllo da parte di uno dei malviventi. Gli altri invece hanno trafugato i quadri.

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Assalto al museo, trafugate 17 opere d’arte Spariti Tintoretto, Mantegna e Bellini

A VERONA

Assalto al museo, trafugate 17 opere d’arte
Spariti Tintoretto, Mantegna e Bellini

Si ipotizza un colpo su mandato di un collezionista, tra i dipinti rubati al «Castelvecchio» anche la «Madonna della quaglia» di Pisanello

VERONA Assaltato il Museo di Castelvecchio a Verona, dove giovedì sera sono stati trafugati 17 preziosi quadri esposti.

Ad agire una banda di professionisti:

tre malviventi con il volto coperto hanno immobilizzato l’unica guardia giurata privata presente e la cassiera, poi hanno costretto il vigilante ad accompagnarli nelle sale dove hanno rubato i quadri.

«Sacra famiglia con una santa» di Andrea Mantegna

Questo l’elenco delle opere rubate:

«Madonna col bambino, detta madonna della quaglia» di Antonio Pisano detto Pisanello; «San Girolamo penitente» di Jacopo Bellini; «Sacra famiglia con una santa» di Andrea Mantegna; «Ritratto di giovane con disegno infantile» e «Ritratto di giovane benedettino» di Giovanni Francesco Caroto; «Madonna allattante», «Trasporto dell’arca dell’alleanza», «Banchetto di Baltassar», «Sansone» e «Giudizio di Salomone» di Jacopo Tintoretto; «Ritratto maschile» della cerchia di Jacopo Tintoretto; «Ritratto di ammiraglio veneziano» di Domenico Tintoretto; «Ritratto di ammiraglio veneziano» della Bottega di Domenico Tintoretto; «Dama delle licnidi» di Peter Paul Rubens; «Paesaggio» e «Porto di mare» di Hans de Jode e «Ritratto di Girolamo Pompei» di Giovanni Benini

«Madonna col bambino, detta madonna della quaglia» di Antonio Pisano detto Pisanello

Sul posto per i rilievi gli uomini

della Polizia Scientifica, ma anche il sindaco Flavio Tosi e la direttrice del Musei civici, Paola Marini che al momento del furto si trovava al Ristorante 12 Apostoli per ricevere l’omonimo premio.«Erano dei professionisti, sapevano cosa prendere e conoscevano il Museo». Lo ha detto il sindaco di Verona, Flavio Tosi, che questa notte si è trattenuto fino a tarda ora al Museo Civico . «Si tratta di 11 capolavori e di altre opere minori» ha spiegato Tosi sottolineando che «sicuramente qualcuno li ha mandati, perché si sono mossi con abilità, andando a colpo sicuro». «Tra i dipinti rubati – ha concluso – ci sono capolavori di Mantegna, Rubens, Pisanello; praticamente le opere più preziose esposte».

Il Museo di Castelvecchio è uno dei più importanti musei della città di Verona, nonché uno dei più interessanti dell’arte italiana ed europea. La fortezza venne fatta erigere nel 1354 da Cangrande della Scala. Restaurato e allestito tra il 1958 e il 1974 con il progetto di Carlo Scarpa, il museo si sviluppa in 29 sale distribuite su vari livelli e vi sono esposti oggetti paleocristiani, reperti di oreficeria longobarda, opere scultoree dal X al XIV secolo, armi ed armature medievali, dipinti dal Trecento al Settecento. Tra i dipinti, tele e pale ci sono opere di Pisanello, Andrea Mantegna, Jacopo Bellini, Giovanni Caroto, Paolo Caliari, Jacopo Tintoretto, Girolamo dai Libri, Francesco Morone, Paolo Farinati, Alessandro Turchi. I Musei Civici di Verona sono diretti da Paola Marini, storica dell’arte 63enne che dopo oltre 20 anni sta per lasciare l’incarico. Il ministro dei Beni culturali, Dario Franceschini, infatti l’ha nominata alla guida della Galleria dell’Accademia di Venezia, direzione che assumerà il prossimo 5 dicembre.

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November 20th, 2015

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Experts question the authenticity of a group of works by Jackson Pollock

 

Jackson Pollock’s paint-splattered studio in East Hampton, New York, including paint cans used by the artist. Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images

Questions have been raised about the authenticity of a group of works attributed to Jackson Pollock, six of which were exhibited at the Art Monaco fair in July by the Nevada-based Classic Fine Art. Around 30 paintings from the group were privately analysed by Art Access & Research, a UK-based company, in 2010.

The Art Newspaper has seen reports written by Nicholas Eastaugh, the director of Art Analysis & Research (formerly Art Access & Research), examining the pigments used in 23 paintings. Of those, 12 were found to include CI Pigment Yellow 74, which was not commercially available before the Abstract Impressionist artist died in 1956.

Reports on each of these 12 works state: “The earliest forms of this class of pigment appeared on the commercial market in 1910 (PY1), with others following in the 1920s (such as PY4-6). However, the date of introduction of PY74 is commonly given in the literature as 1957. This consequently raises a number of issues.”

The reports recommend additional research to confirm the identification of PY74, to explore whether the yellow pigment could have been applied later by another hand, and to establish whether it could have been made available to Pollock before its general commercial release.

Eastaugh’s investigations also uncover the use of several pigments that match those found in paint cans in Pollock’s studio. Of the 23 reports seen by The Art Newspaper, all record the presence of titanium dioxide white; 21 reports document the presence of calcite, a mineral used as a white pigment. Phthalocyanine compounds were observed in 21 works, aluminium metal flake was present in 19, and lead chromate was detected in 14. Synthetic ultramarine was found in four works, while low levels of cadmium sulphide were found in one; possible low levels were found in one of Pollock’s paint cans containing a pink paint.

In an email, Classic Fine Art says it believes the works are authentic and that “every indication” supports that belief. The gallery adds that it is carrying out “the highest-quality” tests and authenticity processes to verify them. In the meantime, it says it will not consider any exhibition or “financial involvement in the paintings” until scientific proof is available and the accepted authentication process completed.

“We will stand by the results, whatever they are,” Classic Fine Art says.

A webpage dedicated to the works on a site maintained by the company, which has been removed since the summer, suggested that fractal analysis, material analysis, DNA and fingerprint recovery had yielded “very positive” results.

Meanwhile, little information is available publicly about the provenance of the works. An article published online by Art Monaco Magazine states that the “small private collection” represented at the fair was originally acquired by a New York collector, Armin Hershkowitx, from an anonymous woman. According to the article, Hershkowitx struggled to find a buyer for the collection before selling it to the collector and conservator Gabor Nemeth in the 1960s. Nemeth then sold a few works “for a low price”, including one to a furniture designer on the West Coast of the US in the 1970s, which was authenticated by Pollock’s widow, Lee Krasner.

In 2002, the article continues, Nemeth tried to obtain authentication for the other works but found that the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s board of authentication had been dissolved in 1996. Instead, the works were subjected to various technical analyses.

Johnessco Rodriguez, the director of Art Monaco, says that Classic Fine Art provided him with “solid evidence” about the authenticity of the works before exhibiting at the fair. This included a video testimony by the art historian and physicist Richard Taylor, who examines fractals in Pollock’s paintings. According to Rodriguez, Taylor said that he had “never seen such a perfect match”.

The fair director adds that the works were also previously exhibited at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. “We want to believe that they would not have displayed them if they weren’t sure of the veracity,” Rodriguez says.

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