Museum Security Network

Month: August 2017

Burgencenter in Vordingborg : Spektakulärer Raub von Wikinger-Schätzen – Mähdrescher stellt Diebe

shz.de/deutschland-welt/kultur/spektakulaerer-raub-von-wikinger-schaetzen-maehdrescher-stellt-diebe-id17686686.html  Bei einem spektakulären Raubzug im dänischen Burgencenter in Vordingborg auf der Insel Seeland wurden in der Nacht zu Montag eine Kopie des berühmten Hiddenseeschmucks und sechs von neun über 1000 Jahre alte Pressformen, die den Wikingern zur Herstellung dieses Schmucks dienten, gestohlen. Die Schmuckkopie ist eine Leihgabe des Museums Stralsund, die wesentlich wertvolleren Formen…

Briton arrested in Spanish hotel on suspicion of stealing ancient artifacts from Italy

telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/29/briton-arrested-spanish-hotel-suspicion-stealing-ancient-artifacts/ James Badcock , Madrid Nick Squires , Rome29/08/2017 A British man has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of stealing a collection of ancient Roman artifacts from Italy. The 55-year-old man was allegedly found to be in possession of a large quantity of ancient Roman, early Christian and Arab antiquities. The man, identified only by…

How the anti-money laundering reform might affect art dealers

spearswms.com/anti-money-laundering-reform-might-affect-art-dealers/ Spear’s25/08/2017 If you are a high value dealer your business might be caught by the latest anti-money laundering reforms, write Petra Warrington and Louise Garrett High Value Dealers (HVDs) in the UK, which include dealers (and auctioneers) in fine art, antiques, jewellery and other collectibles whose cash transactions exceed a certain threshold, may feel they are already…

Bizarre Pollock forgery scam targets unwary collectors in the US

theartnewspaper.com/news/news/bizarre-pollock-forgery-scam-targets-unsophisticated-collectors-in-the-us/ One of the suspected fakes submitted to IFAR in 2013, painted in acrylic on cardboard and signed “Jackson Pollock” (Photo courtesy IFAR) A forgery scam that poses a “significant threat” to unsuspecting art buyers has been uncovered by the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR), which has identified four fakes purportedly by Jackson Pollock…

‘Pitmen Painters’ conman who made £30,000 selling Norman Cornish forgeries must pay back only £1

sunderlandecho.com/our-region/sunderland/pitmen-painters-conman-who-made-30-000-selling-norman-cornish-forgeries-must-pay-back-only-1-1-8713940 A jailed conman who pocketed over £30,000 by selling forgeries and fakes of renowned painter Norman Cornish’s work has been ordered to pay back just £1. Richard Pearson caused destabilisation in the international market when he flooded the art world with paintings and drawings purported to be by”pitman painter” Cornish, who died in 2014.…

Restituita dai Carabinieri opera d’arte sacra rubata in Chiesa oltre 40 anni fa

temporeale.info/70561/argomenti/cronaca/gaeta-restituita-dai-carabinieri-opera-darte-sacra-rubata-chiesa-oltre-40-anni.html 20/08/2017 GAETA – I militari della Tenenza Carabinieri di Gaeta, ottenuta l’autorizzazione dalla Procura Della Repubblica di Santa Maria Capua Vetere, nella mattinata di ieri 19 agosto, hanno proceduto alla restituzione di un’opera d’arte risalente ai primissimi anni del ‘900, che era stata trafugata dalla chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Tommaso in Montasola (RI)…

Notorischer Salzburger Kunstdieb erneut überführt

salzburg.com/nachrichten/salzburg/chronik/sn/artikel/notorischer-salzburger-kunstdieb-erneut-ueberfuehrt-261115/ Sn/apa Die Salzburger Polizei hat einen 53-jährigen Kunstdieb überführt, der in seiner Wohnung eine ganze Reihe gestohlener Gemälde, Skulpturen und Druckgrafiken für den privaten Genuss “ausgestellt” hatte. Der Salzburger war bereits in der Vergangenheit einschlägig aufgefallen. Im November 2014 nutzte er etwa einen Haftfreigang dazu, um auf einer Kunstmesse eine Skulptur zu stehlen. Ende…

India yet to receive 200 artefacts worth $100 million from US

sundayguardianlive.com/news/10577-india-yet-receive-200-artefacts-worth-100-million-us 19/08/2017 The Culture Ministry has not been able to bring back to India over 200 stolen cultural artefacts from the US despite an announcement for the same being made last year. In June last year, the US government announced its decision to return over 200 cultural artefacts, estimated to be worth $100 million, to…

Hex of the idol: art collector, Christie’s fight heritage claim

theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Hex-of-the-idol-art-collector-Christie-s-fight-11942092.php  http://www.theintelligencer.com/entertainment/article/Hex-of-the-idol-art-collector-Christie-s-fight-11942092.php Christian Berthelsen and Katya Kazakina, Bloomberg Published 10:19 am, Friday, August 18, 2017 Michael Steinhardt When the signature item at Christie’s New York antiquities auction was sold in April, the art collector Michael Steinhardt thought he had pocketed $12.7 million. His 5,000 year-old stone idol, called the Guennol Stargazer, went for more than twice…

2018 Call for Provenance Research Exchange Program Applications for the German/American PREP for Museum Professionals, 2017-2019

The Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative (SPRI), Office of the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research, together with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation/Berlin State Museums (SPK) are pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Provenance Research Exchange Program Applications for the German/American PREP for Museum Professionals, 2017-2019.   Applications are now being accepted through Sept. 15,…

Fidelis, la Madonna recuperata dai Carabinieri è simbolo di coesione sociale

firstcisl.it/2017/08/fidelis-la-madonna-recuperata-dai-carabinieri-e-simbolo-di-coesione-sociale/ 17/08/2017 La Madonna della Provvidenza, una statua in legno policromo e dorato, attribuibile al periodo intercorrente tra la fine XIV e gli inizi XV secolo, è tra le numerose opere di grande fascino artistico e culturale esposte sino al 10 settembre alla mostra Fidelis, allestita alla Caserma dei Carabinieri “Bonsignore-Dalla Chiesa” di Palermo, e voluta…

Antiquities Ministry official denies robbery of 32,000 archaeological pieces from museum

egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-official-denies-robbery-32000-archaeological-pieces-museum/ Egypt Independent16/08/2017 The Head of the Central Museums’ Stores Authority, Saied Shebal, denied claims, on Tuesday, that his authority had released a statement in which it said 32,000 pieces of antiquities disappeared from 27 museum stores. The statement was issued from the head of the Central Museums’ Stores authority, after numerous local media outlets circulated…

Timbuktu destruction: landmark ruling awards millions to Malians

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has ordered Malian radical Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to pay €2.7m in reparations for his role in the destruction of the UNESCO world heritage site in Timbuktu in 2012. This is the first time the court has demanded reparations for the destruction of cultural property. The ruling sends a strong message that perpetrators…

Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit heading for closure

theartnewspaper.com/news/closure-of-scotland-yard-s-art-and-antiques-unit-now-being-considered/ Scotland Yard looks set to close its Art and Antiques Unit, according to a former head. Its three detectives have been reassigned to help the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire, in west London, which killed more than 80 people on 14 June. Vernon Rapley, who led the Art and Antiques Unit from…

Case of the stolen $6 million Stradivarius violin ends happily ever after

fox9.com/news/273660268-story ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – In the underbelly of St. Paul’s Park Square Theatre it’s 30 minutes until show time and violinist Frank Almond is just getting warmed up. As Concertmaster for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Frank often travels the country accompanied by a 300-year-old, $6 million Stradivarius violin. He’s had it on loan for…

Vietnamese Art Has Never Been More Popular. But the Market Is Full of Fakes

nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/design/vietnamese-art-has-never-been-more-popular-but-the-market-is-full-of-fakes.html By RICHARD C. PADDOCK11/08/2017 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was billed as a triumphant homecoming for works by some of Vietnam’s most influential artists. But Nguyen Thanh Chuong, a prominent artist himself, was stunned by what he saw. Hanging on the wall…

Comedian Adam Conover Says the Art Market Is a Scam. Here’s What He Gets Right—and Wrong. 

news.artnet.com/art-world/comedian-adam-conover-art-market-scam-1047887 10/08/2017 Is the art market no more than a playground for snobs and crooks? The comedian Adam Conover certainly thinks so. He makes the case in a five-minute video released yesterday as the latest in his web series “Adam Ruins Everything.” The segment, dripping with a Morley Safer-worthy level of contempt for the art world,…

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation holds first Cultural Heritage Symposium

eccalifornian.com/article/sycuan-band-kumeyaay-nation-holds-first-cultural-heritage-symposium Cross-border criminal activities are notorious, acknowledged as especially difficult to prosecute. The most commonly publicized such crimes, involving transfers across international borders and similar jurisdictional boundaries, are about drugs transported over borderlines, or illegal weapons trading, or human trafficking in girls and boys for sexual slavery purposes or for illegal immigrants as cheap, easily…

Lecture, film on returning Nazi-appropriated art

knox.villagesoup.com/p/lecture-film-on-returning-nazi-appropriated-art/1677257 Rockland — Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with the Strand Theatre and the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, will co-present a lecture by attorney Donald S. Burris, followed by a screening of “Stealing Klimt: The Documentary” (2007, UK) Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St. Beginning with the initial Blitzkrieg…

Elgin Marbles: So will Griechenland die Schätze durch den Brexit wiederbekommen

welt.de/wirtschaft/article167502886/Diesen-Schatz-wollen-die-Griechen-beim-Brexit-zurueck.html Wirtschaft Cleverer Deal Diesen Schatz wollen die Griechen beim Brexit zurück Von Karsten Seibel | Stand: 08.08.2017 | Lesedauer: 4 Minuten Noch stehen die als “Elgin Marbles” bezeichneten antiken Stücke im britischen Museum in London Quelle: picture alliance/ dpa Seit Jahrzehnten fordert Griechenland von Großbritannien Kunstwerke zurück, die ein Schotte einst von der Akropolis entfernte. Der Brexit könnte diese…

Once Reviled, Libyan Archaeologists Take on a New Role

al-fanarmedia.org/2017/08/reviled-libyan-archaeologists-take-new-role/ 07/08/2017 The ideology of the Libyan state under the dictator Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi discouraged the study of the country’s ancient past. Al-Qadhafi viewed archaeology as a relic of colonialism, and it was said that he would punish officials by banishing them to the country’s antiquities department. In the post-Qadhafi era, though, a cohort of experienced…

Iraq steps up efforts to restore lost heritage at ancient Nimrud

al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/08/iraq-nimrud-archaeology-isis-reconstruction.html 07/08/2017 An Iraqi army soldier walks among historic ruins destroyed by Islamic State militants in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, south of Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 16, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Ari Jalal) Iraqi authorities announced last month that UNESCO has started the first stage of the restoration of the ancient city of Nimrud, which is located on the banks…

Sudan: Can Treasure of Nubian Queen Amanishaketo Be Retrieved?

allafrica.com/stories/201708080907.html 08/08/2017 analysisBy Ishraga Abbas Khartoum — Priceless 57 Pieces of pure gold, studded with jewels, were stolen in open daylight from her pyramid in Meroe in the early 19th Century and nobody can tell how this historically and artistically invaluable wealth can be returned to the country. The treasure is now on display in…

Why Is Modigliani Catnip for Forgers? The Fakes (and Feuds) Behind One of the Art Market’s Most Dangerous Artists

news.artnet.com/art-world/modigliani-catnip-art-forgers-1033748 07/08/2017 An exhibition of work by Amedeo Modigliani in Genoa ended dramatically last month, when 21 paintings—around a third of the works in the show—were seized from the Palazzo Ducale by Italian police on suspicion they were fake. The museum closed the show three days early—but not before a staggering 100,000 visitors had already seen it.…

Antique smugglers’ mantra: Raze temples, strike gold

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/antique-smugglers-mantra-raze-temples-strike-gold/articleshow/59870415.cms Jaya Menon2-8-2017 Plundering of temples for rare icons is passe. It’s ripping of temple parts in collusion with their ‘custodians’ that is now causing concern. As shrines across Tamil Nadu are plundered for rare idols, demolition of temples in the name of restoration has facilitated theft of inscribed and medieval sculptures engraved within pillars and walls…

These Forgeries Fooled the Art World—What about You?

artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-forgeries-fooled-art-you 1-8-2017 Artist Elmyr de Hory is famous for his fakes. Throughout the 20th century, he forged the likes of Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani—and did it so skillfully that he managed to pawn off more than a thousand of his own works as those of the greats. When his deception was discovered in the 1950s, de Hory’s story…

Met Museum Turns Over Another Relic With Disputed Past to Prosecutors

nytimes.com/2017/08/01/arts/design/met-museum-relic-lebanon.html 1-8-2017 Manhattan prosecutors have taken custody of an ancient bull’s head that was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art because of concerns that the antiquity was looted from a Lebanese storage area in the 1980s during Lebanon’s civil war. Met officials said that one of their curators raised concerns about the artifact…

Cataluña consuma el robo de 44 pinturas de Sijena: “Que la Policía las incaute”

elespanol.com/reportajes/20170801/235727151_0.html 2-8-2017 Órdago como respuesta a otro órdago. Se acabó el tiempo y Cataluña le ha mandado un mensaje retador a la justicia española: “No devolveremos las obras de arte del pueblo de Sijena (Huesca) aunque lo mande un juez”. El lunes se acababa el plazo para que la Generalitat de Catalunya trasladase a Aragón las…

Stolen Guercino painting will need a year of conservation

theartnewspaper.com/news/stolen-guercino-painting-will-need-a-year-of-conservation/ The altarpiece before (left) and after the theft A Guercino altarpiece that was stolen from an Italian church in 2014 and recovered in February in Casablanca will now undergo a year of conservation in Rome to reverse the damage. Italian and Moroccan authorities returned the painting, Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory Thaumaturgus…

Ancient Vase Seized From Met Museum on Suspicion It Was Looted

nytimes.com/2017/07/31/arts/design/ancient-vase-seized-from-met-museum-on-suspicion-it-was-looted.html By TOM MASHBERG01/08/2017 For decades it was proudly displayed in the Greco-Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a 2,300-year-old, vividly painted vase that depicts Dionysus, god of the grape harvest, riding in a cart pulled by a satyr. Today it sits in an evidence room at the district attorney’s office in Manhattan…

Spanish Police Recover ‘Priceless’ Stolen Basquiat in Mallorca | artnet News

news.artnet.com/art-world/spanish-police-recover-priceless-stolen-basquiat-mallorca-1037756 01/08/2017 Last week, Spanish police arrested a 67-year-old woman accused of stealing a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in Mallorca, according to a release from the police obtained by artnet News. The woman allegedly stole the artwork from an unnamed private collector and entrepreneur based in the town of Alcúdia, with the intention of demanding a ransom for its…

Christie’s Must Name Bidder for a ‘Stolen’ $14.5 Million Turkish Idol, Judge Rules

news.artnet.com/art-world/federal-judge-says-christies-must-id-buyer-of-14-5m-turkish-idol-1036742 28-7-2017 In what can only be described as a highly unusual art law case, a Manhattan federal judge has ordered Christie’s auction house to identify the winning—yet ultimately unsuccessful—bidder of a 5,000-year-old artifact that Turkey is claiming as stolen cultural property. The bizarre part? The troubled deal stemmed from an auction in late April that was…

Stolen idols of Hindu gods turn up at art galleries in New York and London

scroll.in/magazine/844289/a-tiny-police-wing-is-trying-to-bring-back-the-thousands-of-idols-stolen-from-tamil-nadu History sheet A tiny police wing is trying to bring back the thousands of idols stolen from Tamil Nadu But is the department any match for the smugglers? Jul 30, 2017 · 11:30 am   Twirling one end of his jet-black handlebar moustache, Inspector General Ponn Manickavel said: “When the police looks one way,…

Israeli police seize stolen antiquities from Roman, Byzantine period

i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/151702-170730-israeli-police-seize-stolen-antiquities-from-roman-byzantine-period Israeli police sized antiquities from home in East Jerusalem on Sunday July 30, 2017 Police arrest five antique dealers from East Jerusalem and seize some NIS800,000 in cash and foreign currency Israeli police arrested five antique dealers from East Jerusalem on Sunday and seized NIS800,000 in cash and foreign currencies from the homes of the suspects,…

Antiques smuggling: ‘Kingpin’ loaned artefacts to museum to get legal tag

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/antiques-smuggling-kingpin-loaned-artefacts-to-museum-to-get-legal-tag/articleshow/59837679.cms 31-7-2017 TNN | Updated: Jul 31, 2017, 03:01 AM IST  MUMBAI: US citizen and alleged mastermind in the antiques smuggling case Vijay Nanda used to loan smuggled artefacts to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya to “legitimise” the illegal acquisitions. “These were loaned to the museum to take undue advantage of the exemptions available under the Antiques Act. It…