Category: Dr. Kwame Opoku writings about looted cultural objects

Kwame Opoku – REFLECTIONS ON THE ABORTIVE QUEEN-MOTHER IDIA MASK AUCTION: TACTICAL WITHDRAWAL OR DECISION OF PRINCIPLE?

“The men and women of these countries have the right to recover these cultural assets which are part of their being”. (Amadou-Mahtar M’Bow, Former Director-General of UNESCO). read full text and view images at: http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_idia_mask_sale_cancellation.htm The cancellation notice of the…

Kwame Opoku: ZAHI HAWASS STRIKES AGAIN

ZAHI HAWASS STRIKES AGAIN Whether you like Zahi Hawass or not, there is no denying that the dynamic Secretary-General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities is a serious man wholly dedicated to his work and determined to restore to…

Kwame Opoku: IS ICOM BECOMING AN INSTRUMENT OF THE SO-CALLED UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS? COMMENTS ON STATEMENT BY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF ICOM THAT PARTHENON/ELGIN MARBLES SHOULD STAY IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM

IS ICOM BECOMING AN INSTRUMENT OF THE SO-CALLED UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS? COMMENTS ON STATEMENT BY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF ICOM THAT PARTHENON/ELGIN MARBLES SHOULD STAY IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM Those who have been following discussions on questions of restitution and preservation of cultural…

MODERNITY AND TRADITION: PEJU LAYIWOLA. Those who saw the exhibition, Benin: Kings and Rituals – Court Arts from Nigeria would be familiar with the name and writings of Peju Layiwola. She contributed a piece, “The Benin Massacre: Memories and Experience”, to the excellent catalogue of the exhibition, edited by Barbara Plankensteiner, Museum of Ethnology, Vienna.

In the interview reproduced below from the Nigerian paper, Vanguard, Dr. Layiwola speaks about her work as a teacher at the University of Lagos and as a metal caster. She also refers to the continued debate on the restitution of…

IS AFRICA CLOSER TO OCEANIA THAN TO EUROPE? VISIT TO AN EXHIBITION ON AFRICAN AND OCEANIAN ARTS. Kwame Opoku

* IS AFRICA CLOSER TO OCEANIA THAN TO EUROPE? VISIT TO AN EXHIBITION ON AFRICAN AND OCEANIAN ARTS. Kwame Opoku http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/073dbf7f90f3c3db?hl=en * Recuperati dai carabinieri circa 200 quadri di provenienza furtiva, 49enne tedesco denunciato http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/8290f02c0bd46244?hl=en * STATUE BOTERO RUBATE (La…

NEWS FROM NIGERIA ON THE RECOVERY OF THE STOLEN BENIN ARTEFACTS (Kwame Opoku)

* NEWS FROM NIGERIA ON THE RECOVERY OF THE STOLEN BENIN ARTEFACTS (Kwame Opoku)  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/ca7d83b9e80c154e?hl=en * Group advocates radical measures to retrieve stolen Benin artefacts  http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/e3521d866fde6c75?hl=en * US. 2nd Suspect Sentenced for $1M Art Heist from Joel Fisher’s studio in…

IS JAMES CUNO A “NATIONALIST RETENTIONIST”?

James Cuno, Director, Art Institute of Chicago, has become known for his constant attacks on those he terms “nationalist retentionists” and who, according to him, pretend to be successors to ancient civilizations and inheritors of their cultural objects with which…

CUNO AND CREDIBLE MUSEUMS

James Cuno: “There is not a credible museum in this country that has an object in it that it knows to have been stolen from someplace else.”   This statement attributed to Cuno must surely rank as one of the…

BENIN TO CHICAGO: IN THE UNIVERSAL MUSEUM?

“And I am left thinking that the “Enlightenment principles on which public museums in the United States were established” have perhaps contributed to the irreversible destruction of our universal, or cosmopolitan, cultural heritage”. David Gill, Collecting Antiquities and Enlightenment Principles…

DOES THE DEMAND FOR THE RESTITUTION OF STOLEN AFRICAN CULTURAL OBJECTS CONSTITUTE AN OBSTACLE TO THE DISSEMINATION OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT AFRICAN ARTS? COMMENTS ON A LETTER FROM PHILIPPE DE MONTEBELLO, DIRECTOR, THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK.

Reference is made to the letter from Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1), New York, which was published in AFRIKANET on Friday, 18 April, 2008. http://www.afrikanet.info/. In his letter, Philippe de Montebello refers to my…

A BLANK CHEQUE TO PLUNDER NOK TERRA COTTA?

 In his interview of January 27, 2008 with Richard Lacayo, “A Talk With: James Cuno” http://www.elginism.com/20080201/976/, Cuno, Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, makes many controversial statements but I will like to comment only on a few.

HOLDERS OF ILLEGAL CULTURAL OBJECTS ALARMED BY GROWING DEMANDS FOR RESTITUTION. It is simply amazing how Eurocentric and selfish many of the arguments of the defenders of plunder and stealing of other people’s cultural property are.

From: kwame opoku [mailto:k.opoku@sil.at] Sent: dinsdag 12 februari 2008 19:41 It is simply amazing how Eurocentric and selfish many of the arguments of the defenders of plunder and stealing of other people’s cultural property are. The opponents of restitution seem…

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…

BANGLADESH DECIDES NOT TO LEND NATIONAL ART TREASURES TO MUSÉE GUIMET,PARIS. COULD AN AFRICAN COUNTRY DARE TO DO THE SAME? (Would the Government be bold enough to say enough is enough and terminate its collaboration with the European museum?)

The Government of Bangladesh decided on 25 December to cancel its collaboration with the Parisian Musée Guimet after the theft of two statutes of Vishnu, 1500 years old in the International Freight Zone at the Dhaka Zia International Airport.