Category: Dr. Kwame Opoku writings about looted cultural objects

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.