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In loving memory of Artnose

kunstmarkt: Eins auf die Pappnase zeit.de/2004/03/Kunstmarkt_3 Claudia Herstatt Der Kunstmarkt ist eine ernst betriebene Sache, schließlich geht es um handfeste Interessen, Eitelkeiten und viel Geld. Gerade deshalb ließe sich der selbstgefällige Betrieb herrlich auf die Schippe nehmen, aber kaum einer…

Le retour de la restitution – Géopolitiques du patrimoine, éthiques du transfert, économies du retour

Le retour de la restitution  Géopolitiques du patrimoine, éthiques du transfert, économies du retour 12 juin 2019, 9h-19h, Sorbonne, Amphi Durkheim, Repatriation strikes back. Sujet récurrent depuis une trentaine d’année, la question de la restitution des objets volés ou spoliés est de retour, dans un contexte politique a…

Restitution: a blunt “no” is not enough

museumsassociation.org/comment/23042019-restitution-a-blunt-no-is-not-enough Sharon Heal, 23.04.19 Our latest policy column responds to the UK government’s stance on the return of artefacts When the Museums Association (MA) reviewed the Code of Ethics in 2015, I don’t think we could have predicted just how much museum ethics would be in the news today. It’s a sign of the turbulent times that we…

90,000 works of African art reside in France. The Art, Theft and Restitution roundtable opened up a debate on museums’ colonial plunders

columbiaspectator.com/arts-and-entertainment/2019/04/09/90000-works-of-african-art-reside-in-france-the-art-theft-and-restitution-roundtable-opened-up-a-debate-on-museums-colonial-plunders On Nov. 28, 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron called for the “temporary or permanent restitution” of objects of African cultural heritage that reside in French museums during a speech at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. A year…

Museums in the changing world order: Restitution to Africa reaches tipping point

theartnewspaper.com/comment/museums-in-the-changing-world-order-restitution-to-africa-reaches-tipping-point Adrian Ellis Senegal’s president Macky Sall cuts a ribbon at the opening of the Museum of Black Civilisations in Dakar last Decembercourtesy of the Department of Arts, University of Pretoria When Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy delivered their report…

Norway’s Kon-Tiki museum to return thousands of Easter Island artefacts

theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/29/norways-kon-tiki-museum-to-return-thousands-of-easter-island-artefacts Agence France Presse29 maart 2019 Norway has agreed to hand back thousands of artefacts removed from Easter Island by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl during his trans-Pacific raft expeditions in the 1950s. An agreement was signed by representatives of Oslo’s Kon-Tiki…

Hagia Sophia: Controversy as Erdogan says museum and former cathedral will become a mosque

euronews.com/2019/03/28/hagia-sophia-controversy-as-erdogan-says-museum-and-former-cathedral-will-become-a-mosque March 28, 2019   The landmark Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul will be controversially turned into a mosque, it’s been announced. Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed the move this week ahead of local elections this weekend. Hagia Sophia,…

Eckpunkte zum Umgang mit Sammlungsgut aus kolonialen Kontexten

kmk.org/aktuelles/artikelansicht/eckpunkte-zum-umgang-mit-sammlungsgut-aus-kolonialen-kontexten.html Die Kulturminister der Länder, Vertreter des Bundes und der kommunalen Spitzenverbände haben heute im 10. Kulturpolitischen Spitzengespräch „Erste Eckpunkte“ zum Umgang mit Sammlungsgut aus kolonialen Kontexten beschlossen. Darin werden die zentralen Handlungsfelder benannt. Auf dieser Basis ist ein vertiefter Austausch…

Geweldig initiatief Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen

Ex-kolonies kunnen roofkunst terugkrijgen met nieuwe leidraad trouw.nl/cultuur/ex-kolonies-kunnen-roofkunst-terugkrijgen-met-nieuwe-leidraad~aec7741d Cultuur Eric Brassem– 2:00, 7 maart 2019 Ex-kolonies die kunstobjecten terug willen uit de collecties van het Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen (NMVW) weten voortaan welke route ze moeten bewandelen. Het NMVW publiceert vandaag…

The Benin Bronzes Are among Africa’s Most Important Works of Art

artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-long-exile-looted-benin-bronzes-story-mighty-african-kingdom 21 februari 2019 Head of an Oba, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, ca. 1550. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Head, Guinea Coast, Nigeria, Benin Kingdom, possibly mid 16th or early 17th century. Courtesy of The Cleveland…

‘Largest art fraud in history’: Billionaire slaps Sotheby’s with $528 million lawsuit

smh.com.au/business/companies/largest-art-fraud-in-history-billionaire-slaps-sotheby-s-with-528-million-lawsuit-20181003-p507fi.html October 3, 2018 ‘Largest art fraud in history’: Billionaire slaps Sotheby’s with $528 million lawsuit 3 October 2018 — 8:48am The epic international legal drama that has pitted a Russian billionaire against a Swiss art entrepreneur took a new turn…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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’…

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…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Exhibit in Naples on ‘forbidden memory’ in Northern Cyprus

ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/10/30/exhibit-in-naples-on-forbidden-memory-in-northern-cyprus_caba49e0-7268-4acd-bce8-cf7bd6dfe2e3.html 30/10/2017 (ANSAmed) – NAPLES, OCTOBER 30 – Cyprus’ ambassador to Italy, Tasos Tzionis, stressed the importance of memory during the inauguration in Naples of the exhibit ”Cipro – Memoria interdetta” – or Cyprus, forbidden memory, organized by the local…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

‘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…

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…

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…

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…

Theft of South African relics riles researchers

The Thulamela archaeological site in Kruger National Park, South Africa, was occupied between the 13th and 17th centuries. When thieves stole some centuries-old golden artefacts from a South African park in December, they did more than just spirit away archaeological…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

High-value objects stolen from Norway museum

Several burglars climbed a scaffold to raid a collection on the seventh story of the University Museum of Bergen. The history of culture section of the museum was targeted by the thieves, the university announced in a press statement. Which…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Nazi-looted books found in German libraries

dw.com/en/nazi-looted-books-found-in-german-libraries/a-39984043 A man in California holds a book in his hand. It contains a personal dedication from his former school teacher. The elderly man was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. Beyond a family photo and…

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…

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…

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”.…

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…

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…

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…