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The World's Biggest Illicit Industries

The World’s Biggest Illicit Industries http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/04/biggest-illegal-businesses-business-crime_print.html Nathan Vardi, 06.04.10, 12:02 PM ET The $125 million theft of five paintings by artists like Picasso and Matisse from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris in May caught the attention of the world. But compared with the total annual trade in illicit goods, the heist was small…

Historically challenged

Historically challenged http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2010/06/03/use_of_community_preservation_act_money_open_to_increasing_interpretation/?page=full For projects, worthiness is in the eye of the beholder Disputes over use of Community Preservation Act funds are growing By Taryn Plumb Globe Correspondent / June 3, 2010 In the 1920s, the ecclesiastical-style structure — red-tile roof, arched portico, and dozens of windows lined up like an assembly of discerning eyes…

Damien Hirst to be nationalized as financial crisis deepens

By our art-crunch correspondents Hanky-Panky Paulson and Banksy Bernanky Damien Hirst, the wealthiest artist the world has ever known and a colossus of corporate finance, faces nationalization say City analysts. As the financial meltdown edged ever closer to the core of the nuclear reactor that is the international banking system, there were mounting fears yesterday…

Beruf Kunstdetektivin. Auf der Jagd nach heißen Bildern. Sie ist die Deutschland-Chefin des internationalen "Art Loss Register", fahndet von Köln aus nach gestohlenen Kunstwerken und kennt fast alle Tricks und Kniffe der Räuber: Ulli Seegers, 37, ist eine der erfolgreichsten Spürnasen der Republik.

  Den Kragen des Trenchcoats hochgeschlagen, die Hände in den Manteltaschen vergraben, den Hut tief ins Gesicht gezogen – so steht sie rauchend an zugigen Häuserecken, durchforstet sie dunkle Spelunken. Und so stellt sich Otto Normalverbraucher die Arbeit einer Detektivin vor. Ein Feger wie Emma Peel mit dem Köpfchen von Miss Marple.

BENIN TO BERLIN ETHNOLOGISCHES MUSEUM: ARE BENIN BRONZES MADE IN BERLIN? 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

The full 45 pp article by Kwame Opoku [k.opoku@sil.at], including photographs, is available at:http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/benin_to_berlin.pdf “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…

LIVING IN A DIFFERENT WORLD: JUSTIFICATIONS FOR NON-RESTITUTION OF STOLEN CULTURAL OBJECTS

I become slightly nervous these days when I see an article or a note on the question of restitution of art signed by a European or American museum director, wondering whether we are going to read something that the normal person can understand even if he does not quite accept the argumentation or whether we…

THE British Museum were credited with uncovering the fraud that led to the jailing of serial faker Shaun Greenhalgh but It was Bonhams and ATG columnist who first raised alarm over these fakes

It was Bonhams and ATG columnist who first raised alarm over Greenhalgh fakes THE British Museum were credited with uncovering the fraud that led to the jailing of serial faker Shaun Greenhalgh two weeks ago, while auction houses and the trade were criticised for selling his work. Now, however, as ATG columnist Richard Falkiner can…

Statue stolen 1902 recovered at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) 2007

Eine gute Figur Da steht sie nun und kann nicht anders. Sie schweigt. Dabei hätte sie viel zu erzählen. Sie wäre die einzige, die den Kunstraub in eigener Sache aufklären könnte. Und nur sie wüsste genau, wo sie die vergangenen 100 Jahre über gesteckt hat. Fast das gesamte 20. Jahrhundert über war sie fort. Das…

The case for Cyprus; SAFE Interviews Dr. Pavlos Flourentzos, Director of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus

full text plus photographs: http://www.savingantiquities.org/feature_cyprusinterview.php by JESSICA DIETZLER In light of the recent decision to include ancient coins on the list of import restrictions, Jessica Dietzler conducted the following interview with Dr. Pavlos Flourentzos, Director of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, about the significance of the decision and why it is important to safeguarding…

THEFT OF MUSEUM OBJECTS: THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES, a few case histories.

Within a year after Microsoft’s presentation of Windows 95, and the steady increase of the Internet, the Museum Security Network was launched.  December 2007 MSN is celebrating its 11th anniversary.  The main purpose of the site was to provide relevant links, articles, product information, plus a news service about incidents with cultural property. Thanks to…

Exhibition HISTORY LOST, and Colin Renfrew presentation at the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

HISTORY LOST ATHENS: Benaki Museum, September 11 – October 22 2006.http://www.benaki.gr/ANEMON PRODUCTIONS, 5 Stisihorou st., 10674 Athens, Greece, Tel: +30 210 7211073, 7229388, Fax: +30 210 7211073, e-mail: info@anemon.gr http://www.anemon.gr/ 2005 Anemon Productions produced The Network, documentary about the illicit trade in antiquities (read a review of this documentary at:http://www.museum-security.org/thenetwork.html) The exhibition, and presentation by…