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Dr. Kwame Opoku – GERMANY STILL REFUSES TO APOLOGISE FOR GENOCIDE OF HERERO AND NAMA IN NAMIBIA

GERMANY STILL REFUSES TO APOLOGISE FOR GENOCIDE OF HERERO AND NAMA IN NAMIBIA  ‘’Luschan also asked a Lieutenant Ralf Zürn, stationed in Okahandja, South-West Africa, just after the massacre of the Hereros by the German colonialists begun: “If you are aware of any possible way in which we might acquire a larger number of Herero…

La restitution des biens culturels à l’Afrique ne doit pas se faire sur des schémas occidentaux

Read full text, including all images at: slate.fr/story/162941/restituer-les-biens-culturels-afrique June 11, 2018 Temps de lecture: 8 min Lorsque nous restituons le patrimoine artistique africain, célébrons-nous la modernité ou tentons-nous de réparer l’histoire? Sommes-nous tournés vers l’avenir ou vers le passé? L’idée s’inscrit incontestablement dans une tendance qui prolonge un mouvement amorcé dès la seconde moitié du…

Brazil museum fire: ‘incalculable’ loss as 200-year-old Rio institution gutted

theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/fire-engulfs-brazil-national-museum-rio Dom Phillips September 3, 2018 Brazil’s oldest and most important historical and scientific museum has been consumed by fire, and much of its archive of 20m items is believed to have been destroyed. The fire at Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum began after it closed to the public on Sunday and raged into the…

Festschrift: Illustrious Archaeologist Oscar White Muscarella

oscillations.net/2018/08/28/festschrift-illustrious-archaeologist-oscar-white-muscarella View all posts by Suzan MazurAugust 28, 2018 OSCAR WHITE MUSCARELLA Related Stories: Antiquities Whistleblower Oscar White Muscarella “No Ransom”: Part II (with audio) — Met Whistleblower Oscar White Muscarella on Immediate Return of Italy’s Euphronios  Add NYT to Bob Hecht Antiquities Ring Organigram? A Fake?–America’s Souvenir to the Iranian People ICE Incompetence in…

Vast Theft of Antiquarian Books Sends a Shudder Through a Cloistered World of Dealers

nytimes.com/2018/08/28/books/rare-book-theft-carnegie-library-pittsburgh.html By Sarah MervoshAugust 28, 2018 A rare books dealer thought he had gotten lucky in 2013 when he managed to acquire a 1787 French first edition — inscribed by Thomas Jefferson when he was ambassador to France. “If someone else had seen it first, it would have been gone,” said the dealer, John Thomson,…

Kwame Opoku – Germany Issues English Version of Guidelines on Dealing with Collections from Colonial Contexts

Germany Issues English Version of Guidelines on Dealing with Collections from Colonial Contexts. ‘The vicissitudes of history have nevertheless robbed many peoples of a priceless portion of this inheritance in which their enduring identity finds its embodiment… The peoples who were victims of this plunder, sometimes for hundreds of years, have not only been despoiled…

$80 million art scam fooled the experts

cnbc.com/2018/08/16/think-you-can-spot-a-fraud-this-80-million-art-scam-fooled-experts.html Scott CohnAugust 17, 2018 Art lovers need to take a scientific approach to avoid buying fakes. The biggest art fraud in modern U.S. history was shockingly simple. Yet it went on for 15 years, duped some of the world’s most sophisticated collectors, brought down a 165-year-old New York gallery, and brought in more than…

Online auction sites such as eBay boosting fake art sales, warn Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould

Online auction sites such as eBay boosting fake art sales, warn Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/12/online-auction-sites-ebay-boosting-fake-art-sales-warn-fiona Francesca MarshallAugust 12, 2018 Online auction sites such as eBay are boosting fake art sales, according to Fiona Bruce and dealer Philip Mould. As the much loved art show Fake or Fortune returns to the BBC this evening…

Benin’s Looted Bronzes Are All Over the Western World. Here Are 7 Museums That Hold Over 2000 of the Famed Sculptures

Read full article including photographs at: news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-restitution-1322807 news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-restitution-1322807 July 27, 2018 Art World As talks continue between the UK and Nigeria over Benin Bronzes, we survey the institutions that hold the majority of these African treasures. Kate Brown, July 27, 2018 Nigeria recently gave signals that it may accept the loan of Benin Bronzes in the collections…

Kwame Opoku – LOOTED ASANTE (GHANA) GOLD IN WALLACE COLLECTION, LONDON: RETURN STOLEN ITEMS TO MANHYIA PALACE, KUMASI.

LOOTED ASANTE (GHANA) GOLD IN WALLACE COLLECTION, LONDON: RETURN STOLEN ITEMS TO MANHYIA PALACE, KUMASI. “The town burnt furiously, all these three days of rain failing in any way to impede the progress of the devouring element. The thick thatched roofs of the houses, dry as timber except just on the outside, blazed as though…

Prison sentences and million-euro-damages for art forgery gang

yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/prison_sentences_and_million-euro-damages_for_art_forgery_gang/10301189 News 12.7.2018 14:19 | updated 12.7.2018 14:19 Four people were slapped with custodial prison terms while two others received suspended sentences for their role in an art forgery scam. One person was declared innocent. The Pirkanmaa District Court has sentenced four people to prison terms for a large-scale art forgery scam that netted them 1.3 million euros.…

Of Rich Kids and Rare Book Theft

Of Rich Kids and Rare Book Theft medium.com/@travis.mcdade/of-rich-kids-and-rare-book-theft-cabfbf359cac July 5, 2018 Member preview Travis McDade I am a rare books curator who writes and teaches on the subject of rare book theft. My latest book is called Torn From Their Bindings. Jul 5 American Animals and the Various “Nonfictions” of a True Crime American Animals is an excellent…

Tackling Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities and its Ties to Terrorist Financing

Tackling Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities and its Ties to Terrorist Financing blogs.state.gov/stories/2018/06/20/en/tackling-illicit-trafficking-antiquities-and-its-ties-terrorist-financing A coin dating back to the Umayyad era is displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq. By Sam Pineda on June 20, 2018 As part of the Department of State’s efforts to cut off terrorists’ access to funds, the Bureau of Counterterrorism and…

Sprinklers not installed at Burrell museum as £66m upgrade continues

Sprinklers not installed at Burrell museum as £66m upgrade continues heraldscotland.com/news/16340342.sprinklers-not-installed-at-burrell-museum-as-66m-upgrade-continues Sprinklers not installed at Burrell museum as £66m upgrade continues THERE is no sprinkler system installed in the Burrell Museum in Glasgow which is currently closed for refurbishment in a £66 million upgrade. The museum shut temporarily in October 2016 for what was anticipated to be…

UK Labor Leader Says He ‘Would Return Parthenon Marbles to Greece’ If Elected

In a surprise announcement, UK Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn told Greek newspaper Ta Nea that he would return the Parthenon sculpture, also known as the Elgin Marbles, to Greece if elected. “They were made in Greece, and that is where they were for thousands of years until they were taken by Lord Elgin. We should be engaged in…

Slecht nieuws – Eerste druk ‘The Wealth of Nations’ gevonden in collectie Tweede Kamer

Glunderend van trots vertelde kamervoorzitter Arib tijdens een persconferentie dat in de bibliotheek van de Tweede Kamer een eerste druk is ‘gevonden’ van Adam Smith’s boek The wealth of nations. Het boek lag verborgen achter een exemplaar van Karl Marx’ Das Kapital. De blijdschap over deze ontdekking is allesbehalve terecht. Hoe kan je nu in…

Insider theft – Greek museum employee arrested over looted antiquities

neoskosmos.com/en/116107/greek-museum-employee-arrested-over-looted-antiquities May 28, 2018 News / Greece Located in Santorini, the museum’s night watchman was found to be stealing precious antiquities from the storage room 28 May 2018 11:49am An archaeological museum located on the Greek island of Santorini has solved its mystery surrounding a list of missing antiquities, with the arrest of one of its night…

Kwame Opoku – GERMANY’S ANSWER TO MACRON ON RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS: GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING COLONIAL ARTEFACTS?

“When I now look at the source and history of individual collections and objects in the Übersee-Museum Bremen which I represent here and try to trace back, then I must say that abysses will be opened up; not that the objects were appropriated with violence as in Benin. There are other possibilities of illegal acquisition;…

Hungarian map-robbing gang facing prison terms in France

expatica.com/fr/news/country-news/France-trial-theft-maps-Hungary_1872876.html French prosecutors on Thursday sought prison terms of up to seven years for a group of Hungarians on trial over accusations they stole rare maps worth millions of euros from a string of French libraries. Investigators say the suspects, six men and a woman, honed a methodical scheme of presenting fake library cards in…

India – Your Majesty: Thou shalt not steal

medium.com/@Anuraag_Saxena/your-majesty-thou-shalt-not-steal-fec406ef847e April 21, 2018 I wonder if the Archbishop has had the “Thou shall not steal” conversation with Her Majesty. In fact, I wonder if his predecessors had one with those that adorned the throne before her. I’m guessing, at some point in the last 500 years, someone might have questioned the gory conquests and…

Germany presents code of conduct on handling colonial-era artefacts

theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-presents-code-of-conduct-on-handling-colonial-era-artefacts Catherine HickleyMay 16, 2018 The new guidelines come in the wake of an uproar last year over provenance research into artefacts to go on display in the new Humboldt Forum to open in Berlin’s newly reconstructed royal palace next year. Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr The German Association of Museums and culture minister Monika Grütters presented a code…

Insider theft museum – Former Egyptian Museum official to be prosecuted for theft

egypttoday.com/Article/4/50100/Former-Egyptian-Museum-official-to-be-prosecuted-for-theft Cairo – 15 May 2018: The Administrative Prosecution ordered the prosecution of the former head of the fifth department of the Egyptian Museum in the High Council of Antiques for allegations of theft of an antique. The administrative prosecutors received a tip from the legal department in the High Council of Antiques that an…

Rodin and the Parthenon Marbles

tom-flynn.blogspot.nl/2018/05/rodin-and-parthenon-marbles_15.html The news wires have been buzzing over the past eighteen months as pressure mounts on the world’s so-called ‘universal museums’ to return objects acquired during the colonial era. Even French president Emanuel Macron has stepped into the fray, vowing to return French museum collections of ethnographic material to their African countries of origin. Barely a…

Already One of the Most Forged Artists, the Modigliani Problem Is About to Get Worse

observer.com/2018/05/modigliani-expert-warns-of-more-advanced-forgeries-hitting-the-market (For full report with images, follow link above) David D’ArcyMay 11, 2018 Next week Sotheby’s will auction Amedeo Modigliani’s 1917 Nu Couché (sur le côté gauche) or Reclining Nude, the largest painting that the artist ever made. The auction house predicts that the picture, consigned by the Irish horse breeder John Magnier, will sell for at least $150 million. Add…

Kwame Opoku – ‘WE WILL RETURN LOOTED AND STOLEN OBJECTS’: PARZINGER’S MIRACULOUS CHANGE OR CULTIVATED MISUNDERSTANDING?

‘The vicissitudes of history have nevertheless robbed many peoples of a priceless portion of this inheritance in which their enduring identity finds its embodiment… The peoples who were victims of this plunder, sometimes for hundreds of years, have not only been despoiled of irreplaceable masterpieces but also robbed of a memory which would doubtless have…

How Museums Handle Forgeries in Their Collections

artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-museums-handle-forgeries-collections May 10, 2018 Art forgeries are surprisingly common, to the point that scandals hit the news regularly. No one is safe from deception—forgers can be skilled enough to dupe experts at some of the world’s most prestigious museums. So what do these institutions do when valuable objects within their collections are challenged as being fake? Among…

‘Frauds, Fakes, Forgeries’

news.wsu.edu/2018/04/19/frauds-fakes-forgeries-wsu-library April 19, 2018 Abraham Lincoln, photo by Alexander Gardner from Lincoln’s last formal sitting. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries PULLMAN, Wash. – The manuscript from Honest Abe wasn’t so honest. It took more than 60 years for the staff of Washington State University’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC) to…

Kwame Opoku – LOAN OF LOOTED ETHIOPIAN TREASURES TO ETHIOPIA: MUST EUROPEANS ALWAYS WIN?

‘From this scene I strolled away to the northern gate, to where the dead body of the late Master of Magdala lay, on his canvas stretcher. I found a mob of officers and men, rudely jostling each other in the endeavour to get possession of a small piece of Theodore’s blood-stained shirt. No guard was…

Museum theft – Priceless golden ‘heart’ of Anne de Bretagne stolen

connexionfrance.com/French-news/Priceless-golden-heart-of-Anne-de-Bretagne-stolen Connexion journalist The case, made in 1514 and known as a masterpiece example of 16th century metal work, had been on display in a special glass container in the museum since Tuesday April 10. It has been property of the museum since 1886. It was stolen overnight from Friday April 13 to Saturday April…

Britain’s Secret Theft of Ethiopia’s Most Wondrous Manuscripts

atlasobscura.com/articles/ethiopian-manuscripts-british-library April 11, 2018 In the basement of London’s British Library I was led into a small well-lit room, marking the end of a journey that began in the Ethiopian Highlands at the Addis Ababa home of a remarkable British historian. In that home, over strong Ethiopian coffee and English biscuits, Richard Pankhurst, who dedicated his…

Who stole 314 items from the Carnegie Library rare books room?

post-gazette.com/ae/books/2018/03/19/Carnegie-Library-rare-atlases-maps-books-Japanese-prints-stolen-Oliver-Room/stories/201803190007 Valuable atlases, maps, and large plate books that show the colorful breadth of Western civilization have been stolen from the rare books room of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland, right under the gaze of Andrew Carnegie’s portrait. The theft of 314 items was discovered last April when an appraisal for insurance purposes…

Five Famous Antique Forgeries

If you want to read the full report with images, please visit: history.com/news/famous-antique-forgeries The fake Bingham Family Civil War Memorial Secretary at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. (Credit: John Banks Civil War Blog http://john-banks.blogspot.com) Until recently, an elaborate secretary (i.e., a desk with drawers) built to honor a Union soldier, John Bingham, stood on display in…

Kwame Opoku – OBVIOUSLY LOOTED: BENIN BRONZES IN MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, HAMBURG, GERMANY.

‘Hamburg was the place where the first Benin bronzes arrived towards the end of the 19th century and Hamburg could again play a leading role by allowing the first bronzes to leave here on the way back to their original country. This would be a signal.’ Sabine Schulze I have seldom enjoyed reading an exhibition catalogue…

A criminal who was previously jailed for damaging a €9m Monet painting at the National Gallery is due to be extradited from England

herald.ie/news/courts/vandal-who-punched-9m-monet-to-be-extradited-on-art-theft-charge-36686373.html Ken Foy – 09 March 2018 02:30 AM Andrew Shannon damaging the Monet in the National Gallery in 2012 Andrew Shannon (53) has been serving a short sentence in England for burglary. It can now be revealed that gardai are travelling to London today to escort him back to Dublin after a European arrest…

Kwame Opoku – AUCTION OF BENIN COMMEMORATIVE HEAD IN WÜRZBURG, GERMANY.

toncremers.nl/algo.html AUCTION OF BENIN COMMEMORATIVE HEAD IN WÜRZBURG, GERMANY. Benin commemorative head on auction in Wurzburg, Germany. Following our recent article on the coming auction of a Benin commemorative head in Würzburg, Germany, we have received confirmation that only the commemorative head of a queen-mother would be on auction. (1) The other ten Benin artefacts…

Kwame Opoku – LOOT IN LOOT – BENIN HEAD OF OBA IN NAZI LOOTED JEWISH ART COLLECTION TO BE AUCTIONED

toncremers.nl/LOOT%20IN%20LOOT.html LOOT IN LOOT – BENIN HEAD OF OBA IN NAZI LOOTED JEWISH ART COLLECTION TO BE AUCTIONED ‘These Benin works stand among the highest heights of European casting. Benvenuto Cell could not have made a better cast himself, nor anyone before or after him,even to the present day. These bronzes reach the very heights…

Over 41 000 artefacts seized in global operation targeting the illicit trafficking of cultural goods

europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/over-41-000-artefacts-seized-in-global-operation-targeting-illicit-trafficking-of-cultural-goods Over 41 000 cultural goods such as coins, paintings and drawings, furniture and musical instruments, porcelain, archaeological and paleontological objects, books and manuscripts and sculptures were seized all over the world as a result of coordinated law enforcement actions. These seizures were made during the first Global Global Customs-Police Operation, codenamed ATHENA and organised…

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – West Virginia man admits to fraud tied to Boston art heist

reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-gardner/west-virginia-man-admits-to-fraud-tied-to-boston-art-heist-idUSKCN1FZ339 BOSTON (Reuters) – A West Virginia man pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges he fraudulently offered to sell some of the $500 million in artwork that was stolen from a Boston museum in 1990 and never recovered, even though he had no access to the paintings. FILE PHOTO: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is…

Kwame Opoku – PARZINGER’S MISCONCEPTIONS AND MISREPRESENTATIONS ABOUT RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS

toncremers.nl/PARZINGERS%20MISCONCEPTIONS.html PARZINGER’S MISCONCEPTIONS AND MISREPRESENTATIONS ABOUT RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN 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 and Herbert Ganslmayr, Nofretete will nach Hause.(1) We…

Kwame Opoku – Dutch Colonial History Re-awakened by Museum Re-organization

toncremers.nl/DUTCH%20COLONIAL%20HISTORY%20RE-AWAKENED.html Dutch Colonial History Re-awakened by Museum Re-organization Bust of Maurits in Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands. We reproduce below an article from The Guardian concerning discussions of the Dutch colonial past prompted by the removal of the bust of the founder of the Mauritshuis, one of the major Dutch museums,by the museum’s management from its lobby. (1) The…

Rare 1546 book looted by Nazis returned to family in Israel

jpost.com/Diaspora/Rare-1546-book-looted-by-Nazis-returned-to-family-in-Israel-539629 By Lidar Gravé-LaziJanuary 24, 2018 A book printed in 1546 that was looted in Poland by the Nazis during World War II was recently found in the University of Potsdam Library and returned to its rightful owners in Israel. The book, Sefer Mitzvot Gadol, written by Rabbi Moses of Coucy and printed in Venice by…

Kwame Opoku – PARZINGER’S CRI DE COEUR: GENUINE PLEA FOR UN/UNESCO ASSISTANCE OR CALCULATION TO DELAY RESTITUTION OF ARTEFACTS?

toncremers.nl/PARZINGER’S%20CRI%20DE%20COEUR%202.html Truth must be repeated constantly, because error is being repeatedly preached round about all the time, and not just by a few, but by the masses. In the periodicals and encyclopaedias, in schools and universities, everywhere error prevails, being confident and comfortable in the feeling that it has the majority on its side.”Johann Wolfgang…

Kwame Opoku – MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY AS ALLY IN QUEST FOR RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS?

toncremers.nl/Kwame_Opoku_QUAI_BRANLY%20.html If events continue at this rate and in this manner, I could become a firm believer in miracles, by the end of the year. First, there was the historical Ouagadougou Declaration by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, that African artefacts should be returned to Africa. (1) Then followed Nigeria’s astonishing roundabout turn statement that Nigerian and African…

Paris’s Quai Branly May Return African Art To Africa

harpersbazaararabia.com/art/news/paris-quai-branly-may-return-african-art-to-africa Following French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement to return Africa’s cultural heritage, the Parisian ethnographic museum is ready to cooperate following inspiration from the cross-national collaboration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi In late November of last year at the University of Ougadougou in Burkina Faso, President Emmanuel Macron stated that within five years, “the conditions…

India retrieves 12th-century Brahma-Brahmani idol from London, others to follow soon

hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-retrieves-12th-century-brahma-brahmani-idol-from-london-others-to-follow-soon/story-AQedopXKmJc75JsC9aThXP.html Sanjeev K Ahuja Hindustan Times, New DelhiJanuary 9, 2018 India has retrieved a 12th-century priceless marble idol of Brahma and his consort Brahmani, which was stolen from Gujarat’s Patan in 2001, from London after a wait of over 16 years, officials have said. “The latest arrival, Brahma-Brahmani, reached Delhi on December 22 from London.…

Museum Theft: Doge’s Palace – Venice, Italy

art-crime.blogspot.nl/2018/01/museum-theft-doges-palace-venice-italy.html Shortly after 10 am this morning, on the last day of an exhibition at the Doge’s Palace, (Italian: Palazzo Ducale), once the heart of the political life and public administration at the time of the Venetian Republic, jewel thieves broke into a display case and absconded with with pieces of jewelry on temporary display in Venice.…

Kwame Opoku – Nigeria Demands Unconditional Return Of Looted Artefacts: A Season Of Miracles?

modernghana.com/news/825786/nigeria-demands-unconditional-return-of-looted-artefacts-a.html Figure of a seated male. One of the looted Nigerian Nok terracotta bought by the French, now in the possession of the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France, with a dubious post factum consent of the Nigerian government. ‘It is indeed unfortunate that so much Nok material has been looted over time to supply…

South Korea – Gov’t seeks to toughen up laws to address art forgery

english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2017/12/26/0200000000AEN20171226006900315.html 2017/12/26 16:20 SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) — The South Korean government pushes to fight against art forgery by firming up relevant laws in the wake of a series of high profile art forgery scandals that have hit the country since last year, the culture ministry said Tuesday. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism…

Marc Restellini : « Est-ce le rôle des musées français de légitimer de faux Modigliani ? »

lemonde.fr/arts/article/2017/12/22/marc-restellini-est-ce-le-role-des-musees-francais-de-legitimer-de-faux-modigliani_5233251_1655012.html Ce spécialiste du peintre italien, qui a identifié des centaines d’œuvres réalisées par des faussaires, réclame leur destruction. LE MONDE | 22.12.2017 à 09h02 • Mis à jour le 22.12.2017 à 15h06 | Propos recueillis par Jérôme Gautheret (Rome, correspondance) Ancien directeur de la ­Pinacothèque de Paris (fermée en février 2016 après un redressement judiciaire) et spécialiste de Modigliani, Marc Restellini travaille…

Thousands of Artifacts From Ancient Egyptian and Greek Civilizations Seized During Smuggling Operation

newsweek.com/thousands-ancient-artifacts-seized-during-smuggling-operation-756262 Janissa Delzo22/12/2017 In the largest raid of its kind, police in Turkey seized thousands of ancient artifacts dating back to various eras from Greek, Egyptian and Anatolian civilizations, officers announced on Thursday. Security officers had kept an eye on the smuggling network for three months, suspecting that the participants were attempting to sell the ancient items abroad, Reuters reported.…

Egypt – Life imprisonment, fine of LE 1M for smuggling antiquities

egypttoday.com/Article/1/37541/Life-imprisonment-fine-of-LE-1M-for-smuggling-antiquities CAIRO – 19 December 2017: Parliament’s Culture and Media Committee approved a bill on Tuesday intensifying the penalty for smuggling antiquities to life imprisonment and a fine up to LE 10 million ($560,100). The committee’s members, chaired by Osama Hikel, discussed the amendment of Article 41, proposed by the government’s bill regarding the alteration…

Kwame Opoku – HUMBOLDT FORUM AND SELECTIVE AMNESIA: RESEARCH INSTEAD OF RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS.

toncremers.nl/HUMBOLDT%20FORUM%20AND%20INVENTIVE%20PURPOSEFUL%20AMNESIA.html  “It is especially difficult to procure an object without at least employing some force. I believe that half of your museum consists of stolen objects.” (1) Richard Kandt, Resident of the German Empire in Ruanda, wrote in 1897 to Felix von Luschan, Deputy Director of the Ethnology Museum, Berlin.   Saltcellar, Benin, Nigeria, now in…

Ice Cream Salesman Turned Art Dealer Swindled Elite Clients Out of Millions, Feds Say

news.artnet.com/art-world/sothebys-lawsuit-ezra-chowaiki-claiming-fraud-and-theft-1183643 19-12-2017 A New York art dealer is facing federal charges for allegedly defrauding elite clients out of millions of dollars. The US attorney has accused the dealer, Ezra Chowaiki, of wire fraud and the transport of stolen goods. According to court papers, the scheme began in 2015 and entangled a number of well-known art-world figures,…

Erfgoedinspectie – ArcheoMedia kapotgemaakt door de staat

elsevierweekblad.nl/kennis/achtergrond/2017/12/kapotgemaakt-door-de-staat-114575w/ Theo Toebosch 2017 13 dec 201713/12/2017 Op Kerstavond 1999 kan Aart Vermeulen niet bevroeden dat hij achttien jaar later zijn eten bij de voedselbank moet halen. Vol vertrouwen in een mooie toekomst zetten hij en zijn zakenpartner hun handtekeningen onder het contract bij de notaris, en daarmee is ArcheoMedia opgericht. De naam heeft hij…

The Mysterious Buyer of the $450 Million Leonardo da Vinci? A Saudi Prince

nytimes.com/2017/12/06/world/middleeast/salvator-mundi-da-vinci-saudi-prince-bader.html By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK7-12-2017 LONDON — He is a little-known Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, with no history as a major art collector, and no publicly known source of great wealth. But the prince, Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, is the mystery buyer of Leonardo da…

Historical artifacts stolen from church seized in anti-smuggling op in southeast Turkey

dailysabah.com/investigations/2017/12/05/historical-artifacts-stolen-from-church-seized-in-anti-smuggling-op-in-southeast-turkey 5-12-2017 Numerous historical artifacts dating back to the Byzantine era and believed to have been stolen from an Orthodox church in northern Turkey’s Trabzon province were confiscated Tuesday during an anti-smuggling operation in the southeastern province of Adıyaman. Anti-smuggling and organized crimes units in Adıyaman launched the operation after receiving information that suspect I.Ö.…

Sotheby’s scientists just scored a big win in the battle against fake art

fastcompany.com/40503422/sothebys-scientists-just-scored-a-big-win-in-the-battle-against-fake-art Here’s another example of why science pays, kids. It was exactly one year ago today that Sotheby’s announced the acquisition of Orion Analytical, a materials analysis and consulting firm whose crack team of scientists—led by the noted art-fraud guru Jamie Martin—would use their forensic skills to detect fake artworks. The famed auction house then established its Department of…

What restitution experts have to say about President Macron’s pledge to return African artefacts

theartnewspaper.com/news/restitution-experts-react-to-president-macron-s-pledge-to-return-artefacts-housed-in-french-museums-to-africa 29/11/2017 French President Emmanuel Macron and Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore sit in a classroom as they visit the Lagm Taaba school in Ouagadougou, as part of his first African tour since taking office Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images French President Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to return African artefacts housed in French institutions to their country…

Will French Museums Return African Objects? Emmanuel Macron Says Restitution Is a ‘Priority’

news.artnet.com/art-world/french-president-promises-restitution-african-heritage-ouagadougou-university-speech-1162199 28/11/2017 France’s president Emmanuel Macron has promised to make the restitution of French-owned African heritage a priority over the next five years. In a speech delivered on a visit to the West African republic of Burkina Faso as part of his African tour today, he said that he wants “the conditions to be met…

Dark-Web Shoppers Are Bidding $350,000 in Bitcoin for a Stolen Painting—and It’s Likely a Fake

news.artnet.com/art-world/new-zealand-art-center-director-dubs-dark-web-lindauer-hoax-1161812 28/11/2017 In April, two 133-year-old paintings of Māori tribal leaders Chief and Chieftainess Ngatai-Raure by Gottfried Lindauer were stolen from an Auckland gallery in a 4 am smash-and-grab raid. Now, an online bitcoin auction for a stolen Lindauer painting has some wondering whether the dark web presents a new threat to the legitimate fine-art market. But…

Japan – Govt eyes probe framework on missing national treasures

the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004089075 The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Cultural Affairs Agency plans to establish a system for investigating missing cultural assets that are designated as national treasures or important cultural assets because some of them have been stolen or their locations are unknown after their owners changed address. The agency hopes to establish a panel of experts in fiscal…

95-year-old Australian probed for allegedly looting Middle Eastern artifacts

egyptindependent.com/95-year-old-australian-probed-allegedly-looting-middle-eastern-artifacts/ Egypt Independent27/11/2017 95-year-old Australian, Joan Howard, is currently under investigation following newspaper coverage of her extensive collection of ancient Middle Eastern artifacts, the Associated Press reported. Howard, the wife of a UN diplomat, used her travels to the region to join archaeology digs in the 1960s and 70s and was recently featured in The West…

Art dealer accused of stealing $10M in clients’ art to pay debts

nypost.com/2017/11/23/art-dealer-accused-of-stealing-10m-in-clients-art-to-pay-debts/ A smooth-talking self-promoter who went from working for his father-in-law’s ice-cream company to launching a Park Avenue gallery that featured masterpieces by Picasso and Matisse is accused of stealing $10 million worth of art from unsuspecting clients, according to court papers and an ex-business partner. Ezra Chowaiki opened Chowaiki & Co. gallery on Park…

Minister of Antiquities: 33,000 Egyptian Artefacts are Missing

aawsat.com/english/home/article/1091481/minister-antiquities-33000-egyptian-artefacts-are-missing “31,000 of the missed pieces are kept in the house of a citizen, who tried to register them, after the endorsement of the law that allows keeping antiquities under the supervision of the ministry, and bans selling or exploiting them,” Anani said during a parliamentary session. “The best solution to protect antiquities against theft…

Art Fakes Loom Over Modigliani Madness

thedailybeast.com/art-fakes-loom-over-modigliani-madness 11/11/2017 It has been a big year for Amedeo Modigliani. At least three exhibitions of the Italian painter and sculptor’s work are currently underway or about to open around the world. In New York City, “Modigliani Unmasked” opened at the Jewish Museum in September, highlighting the artist’s early years in Paris, with a special emphasis…

Inside the Underground World of Legal Art Forgery

architecturaldigest.com/story/legal-art-forgery Janelle Zara Despite having the means to own the original, one American multimillionaire has opted to hang a forged Renoir in his home while the real thing hangs prominently at a major museum. The man in question is not President Donald Trump, who recently made headlines with his claim of owning Renoir’s 1881 Two Sisters…

Most Antiquities Sold Online Are Fake or Illegal | Smart News | Smithsonian

smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-antiquities-sold-online-are-fake-or-illegal-180967062/ Follow @jasondaley608 Social media and ISIS have combined to flood the web with thousands of questionable artifacts By Jason Daley smithsonian.com November 3, 2017 If you’re looking for a nice bust of a pharaoh for the patio or some Roman coins to fill out your collection, consider carefully who you choose to do business with. Georgi…

Museum Of Nebraska Art raises funds to tighten security

nebraska.tv/news/local/museum-of-nebraska-arts-raises-funds-to-tighten-security by Tarrah Gibbons Saturday, November 4th 2017 From paintings, to sculptures and pictures, all of these pieces share a story about Nebraska. (NTV News) Sales from artwork sold at the Museum of Nebraska Art’s holiday gift boutique is helping in a new effort to protect pieces of Nebraska history. Right through the MONA’s doors,…

Stockholm museum employee ‘stole exhibits worth 1.2 million kronor’ – The Local

thelocal.se/20171107/stockholm-museum-employee-admits-stealing-exhibits-worth-12-million-kronor 07/11/2017 A former employee of a Stockholm museum has been charged with theft after he admitted stealing the museum’s exhibits. The man, who worked at the Royal Coin Cabinet in the capital’s old town, said he stole coins from the museum’s vault and smuggled them out in his pockets before selling them to a…

Oslo looks to track down 1,600 missing works of art

theartnewspaper.com/news/oslo-asks-citizens-to-help-track-down-missing-works-of-art José da Silva06/11/2017 Nikolai Astrup’s missing woodcut, titled Kværnhus (water mill) Photo: City of Oslo Art Collection The city of Oslo is no stranger to seeing its Munchs go missing. In 1994, two robbers broke into the city’s National Gallery and stole the artist’s most famous work, The Scream (1893). A decade later, a different…

Kwame Opoku – WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK: SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN?

WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK:  SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN? “There was a dim grandeur about it all, and also these seemed to a fate. Here was this head center of iniquity, spared by us from its suitable end of burning for the sake of holding…

Insider theft – The Prison Guards Who Stole a Salvador Dalí Painting

thedailybeast.com/the-prison-guards-who-stole-a-salvador-dali-painting 01/10/2017 They were supposed to be watching the prisoners, ensuring that the men stayed out of trouble while they did time for their crimes. Instead, four guards at Rikers Island decided to commit a crime of their own. Their scheme would ultimately end in artistic tragedy—a Salvador Dalí painting presumed dead—but it was a surreal turn of events…

Artists turn to vellum to beat the forgers copying their work

telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/01/artists-turn-vellum-beat-forgers-copying-work/ Patrick Sawer , Senior Reporter01/10/2017 With millions of pounds at stake the art world has long wrestled with how to detect forgeries, from using chemical paint analysis to X-rays, infra-red examination and putting canvases under the microscope. But one solution has been staring us in the face all this time, and it dates back…

Marseille : une stèle égyptienne volée en pleine journée

laprovence.com/article/faits-divers-justice/4632398/marseille-une-stele-egyptienne-volee-en-pleine-journee.html L.D’A. La stèle funéraire égyptienne, vieille de plusieurs milliers d’années, peut-être d’une grande valeur marchande, semble avoir été dérobée avec la facilité d’un chapardage de bibelot au rayon bazar d’un supermarché. Révélé par nos confrères de Marsactu et confirmé par la police judiciaire, chargée des investigations, le larcin s’est pourtant déroulé, début septembre, dans un lieu…

Manhattan DA Says Seized Antiquity Should Be Returned to Lebanon | artnet News

news.artnet.com/art-world/manhattan-district-attorney-says-antiquity-seized-from-met-should-be-returned-to-lebanon-1096220 26/09/2017 Two months after authorities seized an ancient head of a bull that was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a senior official in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office says, in no uncertain terms, that the marble sculpture should be returned to Lebanon. The claim is the latest chapter in an…

The Surprising Truth About Fake Art and How to Avoid Being Scammed

townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a12108723/fake-art-how-to-avoid-scams/ 25/09/2017 Here’s a little test of your social anxiety. You’re on Main Street in East Hampton (You failed already! Just kidding), window-shopping, and you see an art gallery. You’re not an art connoisseur, but you know what you like and you’ve been known to spend on it. This gallery is no gewgaw emporium for…

Police in Italy fight back against theft of art from churches 

thelocal.it/20170913/police-in-italy-fight-back-against-theft-of-art-from-churches 13/09/2017 Most of the works of art were stolen from churches in southern Italy and some are nearly 500 years old. Italian police have recovered more than 100 works of religious art following investigations into 24 specific cases of theft from churches and religious institutions in central and southern Italy. The artwork retrieved has…

Heartbreak as museum destroyed in NSW fire

news.com.au/national/breaking-news/heartbreak-as-museum-destroyed-in-nsw-fire/news-story/676df659898a0aabcc08b4ee1bd25858 14/09/2017 A woman has escaped with her life, trapped inside a building as a bushfire ripped through an historic rail museum in the NSW Hunter Valley. Volunteers at the Richmond Vale Train Museum near Cessnock are counting their blessings after Wednesday’s blaze reduced several irreplaceable exhibits to ashes but spared the life of their…

BBC-News Interview with Prof. Sylvester Ogbechie

aachronym.blogspot.nl/2017/09/bbc-news-interview-with-prof-sylvester.html By S. Okwunodu Ogbechie Recent reports that the British Museum and other Western museums are trying to forge a deal to return looted African artworks to Africa have prompted a lot of discussion. BBCNews interviewed me on the subject on September 4, 2017 and a clip of the interview is posted here. I have written on the…

Amid ‘smuggling’ controversy, govt to go in for antiquity audit

tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/amid-smuggling-controversy-govt-to-go-in-for-antiquity-audit/463879.html 08/09/2017 Punjab Posted at: Sep 8, 2017, 2:20 AM; last updated: Sep 8, 2017, 2:20 AM (IST) Chandigarh, September 7 Stung by reports of alleged connivance of the then Director, Museums and Archaeology, with an antique smuggler, the state government has decided to hold a third-party audit of antiquities in Punjab’s museums. The audit…

Heritage enthusiasts seek to crowdsource global search for stolen Indian treasures

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/heritage-enthusiasts-seek-to-crowdsource-global-search-for-stolen-indian-treasures/articleshow/60431313.cms TNN08/09/2017 CHENNAI: Singapore-based sculpture enthusiast S Vijay Kumar, who has helped identify and bring back many stolen idols to India, believes that crowdsourcing the hunt for stolen idols will help curb illegal sale of Indian antiquities worldwide. On Friday, Kumar, co-founder of the India Pride Project (IPP), a volunteer-run effort to trace and bring back India’s stolen heritage, discussed…

The great antiques heist in Punjab

tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/the-great-antiques-heist-in-punjab/464472.html 09/09/2017 Punjab Posted at: Sep 9, 2017, 2:41 AM; last updated: Sep 9, 2017, 8:20 PM (IST) Unchecked all the time, unnoticed at times, history is being stolen systematically The sculpture found in Sangrur that was stolen. Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 8 While digging a mound, a 10-year-old girl discovered a…

German Police Recover 15 Stolen Georg Baselitz Artworks Worth Nearly $3 Million | artnet News

news.artnet.com/art-world/stolen-georg-baselitz-artworks-1070624 05/09/2017 German authorities in Munich have recovered 15 stolen paintings and drawings by Georg Baselitz valued at €2.5 million ($2.97 million). A 39-year-old man from Düsseldorf stands accused of stealing the works between June 2015 and March 2016 from the storage facility of a shipping company outside of Munich, where he worked as a driver. Two…

Night at the museum: Why the great skylight caper at the MMFA remains unsolved, 45 years later

cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/45-years-mmfa-heist-1.4273365 The year was 1972 and under the cover of darkness, three men descended into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through a skylight, tied up several guards, and made off with $2 million in stolen art, precious jewels and artifacts. Among the loot, a canvas attributed to Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn valued at…

Stubborn Stand-off Over Stolen Gardner Museum Art Could End With Sentencing Of Hartford Gangster

Edmund H. Mahony Contact Reporter The end may be near in the long, strange standoff between geriatric Hartfordgangster Robert “The Cook” Gentile and the investigators who suspect he is concealing information about history’s richest art theft, the heist a quarter century ago of $500 million in paintings and other works from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The…

Iraq establishes new security force to protect its archaeological wealth

al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/dhi-qar-iraq-security-antiquities.html 01/09/2017 BAGHDAD — On Aug. 7, Dhi Qar province, south of Iraq, formed a security force to protect its archaeological sites and monuments. The province is one of Iraq’s richest in archaeological sites, some of which are 7,000 years old. The new force intends to enforce strict security measures to curb antiquities trafficking in areas with considerable…

Insider theft – Ex-Polish president’s waiter on trial over theft of painting

thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/323460,ExPolish-president%E2%80%99s-waiter-on-trial-over-theft-of-painting 31.08.2017 13:39 A former waiter went on trial on Thursday accused of stealing a valuable 19th century painting from the Polish presidential palace. The suspect in a Warsaw court. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański Prosecutors accuse the suspect of stealing a painting “of special significance” to Polish culture when he worked for the president’s office. The…

Italy displays marble Roman head stolen in World War II

sfgate.com/news/article/Italy-displays-marble-Roman-head-stolen-in-World-12166969.php  http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Italy-displays-marble-Roman-head-stolen-in-World-12166969.php Frances D’emilio, Associated Press Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. The Cleveland Museum of Art gave it back to Italy after learning the piece depicting Emperor Tiberius’ son had been stolen, apparently by Algerian troops, from southern Italy toward the end of World War II, brought into France, eventually sold at auction in Paris and…

European Summit to Discuss the Return of Looted West African Art

smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-museums-discuss-returning-looted-african-art-180964555/ SmartNews Keeping you current Treasures taken by a British invasion in 1897 could return to Nigeria as a permanent exhibition Some of the hundreds of brass plaques taken from Benin City in 1897 now held by the British Museum (Jorge Tutor / Alamy Stock Photo) By Ben Panko smithsonian.com August 31, 2017 In 1897, a British military expedition…

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)…