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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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 community, which focuses on the destruction of the island’s cultural heritage after the 1974 Turkish…

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…

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)…

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 nutzte er etwa einen Haftfreigang dazu, um auf einer Kunstmesse eine Skulptur zu stehlen. Ende…

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 its decision to return over 200 cultural artefacts, estimated to be worth $100 million, to…

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 million. His 5,000 year-old stone idol, called the Guennol Stargazer, went for more than twice…

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 for the German/American PREP for Museum Professionals, 2017-2019.   Applications are now being accepted through Sept. 15,…

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 10 settembre alla mostra Fidelis, allestita alla Caserma dei Carabinieri “Bonsignore-Dalla Chiesa” di Palermo, e voluta…

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 issued from the head of the Central Museums’ Stores authority, after numerous local media outlets circulated…

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 reparations for the destruction of cultural property. The ruling sends a strong message that perpetrators…

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 than 80 people on 14 June. Vernon Rapley, who led the Art and Antiques Unit from…

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 country accompanied by a 300-year-old, $6 million Stradivarius violin. He’s had it on loan for…

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 Ruins Everything.” The segment, dripping with a Morley Safer-worthy level of contempt for the art world,…

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 in girls and boys for sexual slavery purposes or for illegal immigrants as cheap, easily…

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 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St. Beginning with the initial Blitzkrieg…

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 Großbritannien Kunstwerke zurück, die ein Schotte einst von der Akropolis entfernte. Der Brexit könnte diese…

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 them to the country’s antiquities department. In the post-Qadhafi era, though, a cohort of experienced…

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 stage of the restoration of the ancient city of Nimrud, which is located on the banks…

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 invaluable wealth can be returned to the country. The treasure is now on display in…

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 museum closed the show three days early—but not before a staggering 100,000 visitors had already seen it.…

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 of restoration has facilitated theft of inscribed and medieval sculptures engraved within pillars and walls…

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 civil war. Met officials said that one of their curators raised concerns about the artifact…

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”. El lunes se acababa el plazo para que la Generalitat de Catalunya trasladase a Aragón las…

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 Moroccan authorities returned the painting, Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory Thaumaturgus…

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 satyr. Today it sits in an evidence room at the district attorney’s office in Manhattan…

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 based in the town of Alcúdia, with the intention of demanding a ransom for its…

Christie’s Must Name Bidder for a ‘Stolen’ $14.5 Million Turkish Idol, Judge Rules

news.artnet.com/art-world/federal-judge-says-christies-must-id-buyer-of-14-5m-turkish-idol-1036742 28-7-2017 In what can only be described as a highly unusual art law case, a Manhattan federal judge has ordered Christie’s auction house to identify the winning—yet ultimately unsuccessful—bidder of a 5,000-year-old artifact that Turkey is claiming as stolen cultural property. The bizarre part? The troubled deal stemmed from an auction in late April that was…

Stolen idols of Hindu gods turn up at art galleries in New York and London

scroll.in/magazine/844289/a-tiny-police-wing-is-trying-to-bring-back-the-thousands-of-idols-stolen-from-tamil-nadu History sheet A tiny police wing is trying to bring back the thousands of idols stolen from Tamil Nadu But is the department any match for the smugglers? Jul 30, 2017 · 11:30 am   Twirling one end of his jet-black handlebar moustache, Inspector General Ponn Manickavel said: “When the police looks one way,…

Israeli police seize stolen antiquities from Roman, Byzantine period

i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/151702-170730-israeli-police-seize-stolen-antiquities-from-roman-byzantine-period Israeli police sized antiquities from home in East Jerusalem on Sunday July 30, 2017 Police arrest five antique dealers from East Jerusalem and seize some NIS800,000 in cash and foreign currency Israeli police arrested five antique dealers from East Jerusalem on Sunday and seized NIS800,000 in cash and foreign currencies from the homes of the suspects,…

Antiques smuggling: ‘Kingpin’ loaned artefacts to museum to get legal tag

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/antiques-smuggling-kingpin-loaned-artefacts-to-museum-to-get-legal-tag/articleshow/59837679.cms 31-7-2017 TNN | Updated: Jul 31, 2017, 03:01 AM IST  MUMBAI: US citizen and alleged mastermind in the antiques smuggling case Vijay Nanda used to loan smuggled artefacts to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya to “legitimise” the illegal acquisitions. “These were loaned to the museum to take undue advantage of the exemptions available under the Antiques Act. It…

Rings worth £2million stolen from Royal Hospital Chelsea art fair

getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/rings-worth-2million-stolen-royal-13398157 Katherine Clementine28/07/2017 A vivid yellow cushion-shaped diamond ring encased in smaller oval and round-shaped diamonds (Image: Metropolitan Police) Get daily updates directly to your inbox Police are on the hunt for “brazen” thieves who stole diamond rings worth more than £2million in broad daylight. Three rings, collectively worth upwards of £2million, were stolen from a cabinet at the…

Weiteres Stück des Dresdner “Sophienschatzes” aufgetaucht – WELT

welt.de/regionales/sachsen/article167055442/Weiteres-Stueck-des-Dresdner-Sophienschatzes-aufgetaucht.html Dresden – Das Dresdner Stadtmuseum hat ein weiteres Stück des vor 40 Jahren gestohlenen «Sophienschatzes» zurück. «Es ist das 13. und damit vorletzte Medaillon der Bogenschützenkette, die Kurfürst Georg 1665 für den Sieg beim Vogelschießen bekommen hat», sagte der Direktor der städtischen Museen, Gisbert Porstmann, am Mittwoch. Die Goldschmiedearbeit aus Emaille war im Herbst…

Spanish Billionaire Jaime Botín Faces Prison for Allegedly Trying to Smuggle a Picasso on His Yacht | artnet News

In the ongoing legal case against Spanish billionaire Jaime Botín, who’s accused of smuggling a Picasso out of Spain, the prosecutor has requested a four-year prison sentence and a €100 million fine against the heir and collector, a member of Spain’s most successful banking family. Botín is the owner of an early painting by Pablo Picasso, Head of a…

Mobiliser les parties prenantes pour la protection du patrimoine culturel en Afrique

La protection du patrimoine culturel est une question importante sur l’ensemble du continent africain, en particulier en raison des menaces et des défis qui comprennent les conflits, le pillage et le trafic illicite de biens culturels, ou le manque de sensibilisation ou de ressources. De l’Afrique de l’Est à l’Ouest, des acteurs culturels, des partenaires…

Rätselhafte Gemälde: Prozess um gestohlene Kunstwerke

Oberlandesgericht in Nürnberg steht vor einer schwierigen Aufgabe – 26.07.2017 19:36 Uhr NÜRNBERG – Über Kunst lässt sich nicht streiten – über wertvolle Kunstwerke schon: Vor Gericht fordert der Enkel des expressionistischen Malers Hans Purrmann zwei Gemälde ein. Die Bilder wurden seiner Familie gestohlen. “Frau im Sessel” (links) und “Blumenstrauß” heißen die Gemälde des Malers…

Recuperado en Pollença un cuadro robado de Basquiat de incalculable valor

mallorcadiario.com/recuperado-en-pollena-un-cuadro-robado-de-basquiat-de-incalculable-valor Por Agencias El Equipo de Policía Judicial de la Guardia Civil de Pollença, recibió del propietario del cuadro, una denuncia por la sustracción del mismo por parte de la ahora detenida. Al parecer esta se apropió del cuadro con la intención de cobrar una supuesta deuda, exigiéndole una cantidad de dinero a cambio. Una…

Recupero opere sacre, un encomio agli uomini dell’Arma

positanonews.it/articolo/3197095/recupero-opere-sacre-un-encomio-agli-uomini-dellarma Redazione26/07/2017 Fra i tanti furti quelli che feriscono maggiormente la comunità sono quelle di statue od oggetti sacri, feriscono la sensibilità, la fede, feriscono sopratutto gli umili che cercano sollievo nella sofferenza della vita con una preghiera rivolta a un proprio santo, non si tratta di idolatria, ma comunque di un simbolo . Volevamo…

Kos Archaeological Museum assesses quake damage

ekathimerini.com/220446/article/ekathimerini/life/kos-archaeological-museum-assesses-quake-damage Among the many buildings on Kos that sustained damage during last week’s 6.6 magnitude earthquake was the Dodecanese island’s archaeological museum. Thankfully, the historical structure built in 1936 survived the temblor but some of its ancient exhibits were less fortunate. According to a report issued on Monday by the Ministry of Culture, out of…

Press Release about a conference and exhibition on conflict looting and the importance of provenance research to cultural heritage protection. – European Shoah Legacy Institute

On Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September 2015, the European Shoah Legacy Institute, in cooperation with Mr. Pavel Svoboda MEP – Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs – hosted a conference and exhibition on conflict looting and the importance of provenance research to cultural heritage protection.The conference commenced with a discussion on…

Courthouse News Service – A couple wants its $898,000 back after unwittingly buying a stolen Jasper Johns painting

Courthouse News Service  www.courthousenews.com/2015/09/15/couple-wants-money-back-for-stolen-art.htm Couple Wants Money Back for Stolen Art By NICK DIVITO MANHATTAN (CN) – A couple wants its $898,000 back after unwittingly buying a stolen Jasper Johns painting.      Perry and Donna Golkin filed suit Friday in New York Supreme Court against DAE Associates’ Danese Corey. Johns’ former administrative assistant, non-party James Meyer, got…

Paris Judge Fines Yves Bouvier $30 Million for Picasso Thefts – ArtfixDaily News Feed

A Paris court ruled Monday that Swiss “king of freeports” and art dealer Yves Bouvier, 52, must pay a bail sum of $30 million for the “concealed theft” of Picasso works that he sold to Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev in 2013. Bouvier denies any wrongdoing.Picasso’s gouache paintings ‘Woman’s Head’, ‘Woman with a Fan’ and 58 drawings that Bouvier sold…

Yves Bouvier charged over ‘concealed theft’ of Picasso paintings – Telegraph

A major Swiss art dealer was on Monday placed under investigation in Paris and given a €27 million bail for the “concealed theft” of two Picasso paintings which the Spanish artist’s family said were never for sale.Yves Bouvier, 52, faces charges of hiding the fact that two gouache paintings – Tête de femme. Profil (Woman’s…