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Sotheby’s scientists just scored a big win in the battle against fake art

fastcompany.com/40503422/sothebys-scientists-just-scored-a-big-win-in-the-battle-against-fake-art Here’s another example of why science pays, kids. It was exactly one year ago today that Sotheby’s announced the acquisition of Orion Analytical, a materials analysis and consulting firm whose crack team of scientists—led by the noted art-fraud guru Jamie Martin—would use their forensic skills to detect fake artworks. The famed auction house then established its Department of…

Dark-Web Shoppers Are Bidding $350,000 in Bitcoin for a Stolen Painting—and It’s Likely a Fake

news.artnet.com/art-world/new-zealand-art-center-director-dubs-dark-web-lindauer-hoax-1161812 28/11/2017 In April, two 133-year-old paintings of Māori tribal leaders Chief and Chieftainess Ngatai-Raure by Gottfried Lindauer were stolen from an Auckland gallery in a 4 am smash-and-grab raid. Now, an online bitcoin auction for a stolen Lindauer painting has some wondering whether the dark web presents a new threat to the legitimate fine-art market. But…

Art Fakes Loom Over Modigliani Madness

thedailybeast.com/art-fakes-loom-over-modigliani-madness 11/11/2017 It has been a big year for Amedeo Modigliani. At least three exhibitions of the Italian painter and sculptor’s work are currently underway or about to open around the world. In New York City, “Modigliani Unmasked” opened at the Jewish Museum in September, highlighting the artist’s early years in Paris, with a special emphasis…

Inside the Underground World of Legal Art Forgery

architecturaldigest.com/story/legal-art-forgery Janelle Zara Despite having the means to own the original, one American multimillionaire has opted to hang a forged Renoir in his home while the real thing hangs prominently at a major museum. The man in question is not President Donald Trump, who recently made headlines with his claim of owning Renoir’s 1881 Two Sisters…

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,…

Stockholm museum employee ‘stole exhibits worth 1.2 million kronor’ – The Local

thelocal.se/20171107/stockholm-museum-employee-admits-stealing-exhibits-worth-12-million-kronor 07/11/2017 A former employee of a Stockholm museum has been charged with theft after he admitted stealing the museum’s exhibits. The man, who worked at the Royal Coin Cabinet in the capital’s old town, said he stole coins from the museum’s vault and smuggled them out in his pockets before selling them to a…

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…

Kwame Opoku – WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK: SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN?

WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK:  SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN? “There was a dim grandeur about it all, and also these seemed to a fate. Here was this head center of iniquity, spared by us from its suitable end of burning for the sake of holding…

Insider theft – The Prison Guards Who Stole a Salvador Dalí Painting

thedailybeast.com/the-prison-guards-who-stole-a-salvador-dali-painting 01/10/2017 They were supposed to be watching the prisoners, ensuring that the men stayed out of trouble while they did time for their crimes. Instead, four guards at Rikers Island decided to commit a crime of their own. Their scheme would ultimately end in artistic tragedy—a Salvador Dalí painting presumed dead—but it was a surreal turn of events…

Artists turn to vellum to beat the forgers copying their work

telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/01/artists-turn-vellum-beat-forgers-copying-work/ Patrick Sawer , Senior Reporter01/10/2017 With millions of pounds at stake the art world has long wrestled with how to detect forgeries, from using chemical paint analysis to X-rays, infra-red examination and putting canvases under the microscope. But one solution has been staring us in the face all this time, and it dates back…

Marseille : une stèle égyptienne volée en pleine journée

laprovence.com/article/faits-divers-justice/4632398/marseille-une-stele-egyptienne-volee-en-pleine-journee.html L.D’A. La stèle funéraire égyptienne, vieille de plusieurs milliers d’années, peut-être d’une grande valeur marchande, semble avoir été dérobée avec la facilité d’un chapardage de bibelot au rayon bazar d’un supermarché. Révélé par nos confrères de Marsactu et confirmé par la police judiciaire, chargée des investigations, le larcin s’est pourtant déroulé, début septembre, dans un lieu…

Manhattan DA Says Seized Antiquity Should Be Returned to Lebanon | artnet News

news.artnet.com/art-world/manhattan-district-attorney-says-antiquity-seized-from-met-should-be-returned-to-lebanon-1096220 26/09/2017 Two months after authorities seized an ancient head of a bull that was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a senior official in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office says, in no uncertain terms, that the marble sculpture should be returned to Lebanon. The claim is the latest chapter in an…

The Surprising Truth About Fake Art and How to Avoid Being Scammed

townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a12108723/fake-art-how-to-avoid-scams/ 25/09/2017 Here’s a little test of your social anxiety. You’re on Main Street in East Hampton (You failed already! Just kidding), window-shopping, and you see an art gallery. You’re not an art connoisseur, but you know what you like and you’ve been known to spend on it. This gallery is no gewgaw emporium for…

Police in Italy fight back against theft of art from churches 

thelocal.it/20170913/police-in-italy-fight-back-against-theft-of-art-from-churches 13/09/2017 Most of the works of art were stolen from churches in southern Italy and some are nearly 500 years old. Italian police have recovered more than 100 works of religious art following investigations into 24 specific cases of theft from churches and religious institutions in central and southern Italy. The artwork retrieved has…

Heartbreak as museum destroyed in NSW fire

news.com.au/national/breaking-news/heartbreak-as-museum-destroyed-in-nsw-fire/news-story/676df659898a0aabcc08b4ee1bd25858 14/09/2017 A woman has escaped with her life, trapped inside a building as a bushfire ripped through an historic rail museum in the NSW Hunter Valley. Volunteers at the Richmond Vale Train Museum near Cessnock are counting their blessings after Wednesday’s blaze reduced several irreplaceable exhibits to ashes but spared the life of their…

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…

Night at the museum: Why the great skylight caper at the MMFA remains unsolved, 45 years later

cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/45-years-mmfa-heist-1.4273365 The year was 1972 and under the cover of darkness, three men descended into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through a skylight, tied up several guards, and made off with $2 million in stolen art, precious jewels and artifacts. Among the loot, a canvas attributed to Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn valued at…

Stubborn Stand-off Over Stolen Gardner Museum Art Could End With Sentencing Of Hartford Gangster

Edmund H. Mahony Contact Reporter The end may be near in the long, strange standoff between geriatric Hartfordgangster Robert “The Cook” Gentile and the investigators who suspect he is concealing information about history’s richest art theft, the heist a quarter century ago of $500 million in paintings and other works from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The…

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…

Vietnamese Art Has Never Been More Popular. But the Market Is Full of Fakes

nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/design/vietnamese-art-has-never-been-more-popular-but-the-market-is-full-of-fakes.html By RICHARD C. PADDOCK11/08/2017 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was billed as a triumphant homecoming for works by some of Vietnam’s most influential artists. But Nguyen Thanh Chuong, a prominent artist himself, was stunned by what he saw. Hanging on the wall…

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,…

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…

Bizarre bedrijfscultuur – falende museumdirecteuren worden in de watten gelegd

De afgelopen 15 jaar werd de museumwereld een aantal keren geconfronteerd met zeer ernstige schade veroorzaakt door lethargisch beleid van museumdirecteuren. Consequenties van falen door eindverantwoordelijken hoort niet tot de bedrijfscultuur van musea. Je vraagt je af waarom. Het vermoeden dringt zich op dat consequenties uitblijven omdat het falen gevolg is van een keten falende…

kanttekeningen bij de mediahype rondom het Westfries Museum | ton cremers

kanttekeningen bij de mediahype rondom het Westfries Museum www.columns-ton-cremers.nl/kanttekeningen-bij-de-mediahype-rondom-het-westfries-museum/ by Ton Cremers De afgelopen week werd, in ieder geval in Nederland, het nieuws voor een aanzienlijk deel bepaald door de hype rondom de gestolen schilderijen uit het Westfries Museum in Hoorn. Er zou zich een militante splintergroep bij de Nederlandse ambassade in Kiev gemeld hebben…

KANTTEKENINGEN BIJ DE MEDIAHYPE RONDOM HET WESTFRIES MUSEUM

kanttekeningen bij de mediahype rondom het Westfries Museum www.columns-ton-cremers.nl/kanttekeningen-bij-de-mediahype-rondom-het-westfries-museum/ by Ton Cremers De afgelopen week werd, in ieder geval in Nederland, het nieuws voor een aanzienlijk deel bepaald door de hype rondom de gestolen schilderijen uit het Westfries Museum in Hoorn. Er zou zich een militante splintergroep bij de Nederlandse ambassade in Kiev gemeld hebben…

kanttekeningen bij de mediahype rondom het Westfries Museum | ton cremers

kanttekeningen bij de mediahype rondom het Westfries Museum www.columns-ton-cremers.nl/kanttekeningen-bij-de-mediahype-rondom-het-westfries-museum/ by Ton Cremers De afgelopen week werd, in ieder geval in Nederland, het nieuws voor een aanzienlijk deel bepaald door de hype rondom de gestolen schilderijen uit het Westfries Museum in Hoorn. Er zou zich een militante splintergroep bij de Nederlandse ambassade in Kiev gemeld hebben…

Daar is ie weer: de geheimzinnige verzamelaar van gestolen kunst

Daar is ie weer: de geheimzinnige verzamelaar van gestolen kunst www.museumbeveiliging.com/2015/11/23/daar-is-ie-weer-de-geheimzinnige-verzamelaar-van-gestolen-kunst/ 23/11/2015 – 09:52 Ja hoor, daar is ie weer: de geheimzinnige privé-verzamelaar die gestolen kunst verzamelt. Bestaat deze privé-verzamelaar dan niet? Wie zal het zeggen. Echter, nog nooit, nog nooit, werd gestolen kunst teruggevonden bij een privé-verzamelaar die de kunst op bestelling liet stelen. Het is over…

Daar is ie weer: de geheimzinnige verzamelaar van gestolen kunst

Ja hoor, daar is ie weer: de geheimzinnige privé-verzamelaar die gestolen kunst verzamelt. Bestaat deze privé-verzamelaar dan niet? Wie zal het zeggen. Echter, nog nooit, nog nooit, werd gestolen kunst teruggevonden bij een privé-verzamelaar die de kunst op bestelling liet stelen. Het is over het algemeen tamelijk moeilijk aan te tonen dat iets niet bestaat. Voorbeelden van die privé-verzamelaar…

Allard Pierson Museum geeft archeologische stukken terug aan Italië

  Allard Pierson Museum geeft archeologische stukken terug aan Italië www.nu.nl/cultuur-overig/4167907/allard-pierson-museum-geeft-archeologische-stukken-terug-italie.html Het Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam stuurt Siciliaans aardewerk terug naar Italië. Dat meldt de Volkskrant donderdag. Het gaat om in totaal 37 objecten die in 1982 door het museum van de Universiteit van Amsterdam werden aangeschaft. Ruim dertig jaar later is het Allard…

Kunsthal Rotterdam – Inbraakalarm? Brandalarm? Speling op een deur, maar inbraak onmogelijk? State-of-the-art

Blijkbaar weten ze in De Kunsthal niet wat het verschil is tussen een inbraak- en een brandalarm. De sensoren rondom (?) het gebouw zijn zo gevoelig afgesteld dat er wel vaker brandalarm is, aldus het hoofd beveiliging. Bedoelt hij hier inbraak- of brandalarm? Hij zegt brandalarm, maar meent hij dat nu? Sinds wanneer komt de…

Herinneringen van een museumbeveiliger – smaad en laster en Ellen Batzel

De onhandige erfgoedinspecteur die aangifte tegen mij deed wegens laster en smaad had bijna tien jaar eerder een heel wat vaardiger voorgangster: Ellen Batzel. Op het internet is van alles te vinden over haar aangifte tegen mij en het verloop van de vier jaar slepende juridische procedure. Was de aangifte van Batzel tegen mij terecht?…

KUNSTDIEFSTAL EEN MARGINAAL PROBLEEM?

  Uit Beveiliging Nieuws, 16 oktober 2015: Tweederde gestolen kunst is bijna niet op te sporen beveiligingnieuws.nl/nieuws/diefstal/tweederde-gestolen-kunst-is-bijna-niet-op-te-sporen  “Ruim tweederde van de in Nederland gestolen kunst en antiek kan nauwelijks worden opgespoord. Doordat slachtoffers vaak niet beschikken over exacte gegevens of foto’s van de gestolen objecten.”  Dat zegt Martin Finkelnberg, hoofd van het landelijke politieteam kunst-…

(Synthetisch) DNA op kunstwerken helpt niet tegen vervalsingen

In De Volkskrant van 14 oktober 2015, pagina V11, stond een kort artikel: Kunstwerken krijgen hun eigen DNA. Wetenschappers van de State University New York zouden een unieke, synthetische DNA-code ontwikkeld hebben waarmee kunstwerpen kunnen worden gemarkeerd. Via opname in een database zou dan kunnen worden gecontroleerd of een kunstwerk vals is. Synthetische DNA- codes om gestolen…

Herinneringen van een museumbeveiliger – Ikonenmuseum Kampen en aangifte erfgoedinspecteur

Met tegenzin wijd ik weer tijd en energie aan dit onderwerp. Het kwam al zo vaak aan bod op www.museumbeveiliging.com. De kwestie Ikonen Museum Kampen en de inertie van een inspecteur van de Erfgoedinspectie speelt een te belangrijk onderdeel in mijn Herinneringen van een museumbeveiliger, om er nu aan voorbij te gaan. Kort de feiten op een…

Synthetisch DNA op kunstwerken helpt niet tegen vervalsingen

In De Volkskrant van 14 oktober 2015, pagina V11, stond een kort artikel: Kunstwerken krijgen hun eigen DNA. Wetenschappers van de State University New York zouden een unieke, synthetische DNA-code ontwikkeld hebben waarmee kunstwerpen kunnen worden gemarkeerd. Via opname in een database zou dan kunnen worden gecontroleerd of een kunstwerk vals is. Synthetische DNA- codes om gestolen…

(Synthetisch) DNA op kunstwerken helpt niet tegen vervalsingen

(Synthetisch) DNA op kunstwerken helpt niet tegen vervalsingen www.columns-ton-cremers.nl/synthetisch-dna-op-kunstwerken-helpt-niet-tegen-vervalsingen/ In De Volkskrant van 14 oktober 2015, pagina V11, stond een kort artikel: Kunstwerken krijgen hun eigen DNA. Wetenschappers van de State University New York zouden een unieke, synthetische DNA-code ontwikkeld hebben waarmee kunstwerpen kunnen worden gemarkeerd. Via opname in een database zou dan kunnen worden gecontroleerd of…

Herinneringen van een museumbeveiliger – censuur door erfgoedouderlinge Hanna Pennock

Op 30 november 2012 schreef ik een column onder de titel De Kunsthal, Emily Ansenk en ‘state of the art’ beveiliging waarin ik mij kritisch (leest u zelf maar) uit liet over Emily Ansenk en haar optreden in de pers na de internationaal geruchtmakende inbraak in De Kunsthal. Als vervolg schreef ik een column over de rol van AON…

Herinneringen van een museumbeveiliger – Armando; Siebe Weide en Chris Reinewald

Op 18 oktober 2007, een stralende najaarsdag, bezocht ik het Armando Museum in Amerfoort om de risico’s te analyseren. Na een rondgang door het museum kondigde ik aan dat ik in mijn rapportage een sprinklerinstallatie zou adviseren. Mijn mondelinge mededeling staat helder in mijn geheugen: “Ik ga zeker adviseren dat het museum voorzien wordt van een…

Herinneringen van een museumbeveiliger – gratis weekend Parijs voor twee personen

De afgelopen vijftien jaar overkwam het mij meerdere keren dat vraagtekens geplaatst werden bij de vertrouwelijkheid van mijn werk als adviseur beveiliging en veiligheid in de erfgoedsector. Er waren momenten waarop ik in de gelegenheid werd gesteld uitleg te geven over mijn optreden in de pers en op het internet. Mogelijk werden die vragen ook achter…

Herinneringen van een museumbeveiliger, inleiding

In 1987 trad ik (1948) in dienst van het Rijksmuseum. Dat dienstverband, uiteindelijk als hoofd beveiliging en veiligheid, duurde tot 2001. Van 2001 tot 2015 was ik in binnen- en buitenland als adviseur of ad-interim hoofd beveiliging actief in meer dan 450 musea, bibliotheken, archieven, kerken met collecties, oude molens, monumenten en bij particuliere verzamelaars.…

Pieter van Os bewaakt De Nachtwacht

Op 29 september zond ik mijn tekst ‘REMBRANDT – MAERTEN SOOLMANS EN OOPJEN COPPIT SYMBOOL VAN NATIONALISME‘ naar de NRC omdat ik de discussie rondom de naderende aankoop van beide Rembrandtschilderijen, in alle bescheidenheid, benaderde vanuit een invalshoek die ik in geen van de commentaren, in welke krant dan ook, mocht waarnemen. Ik becommentarieerde de:…

MAERTEN SOOLMANS EN OOPJEN COPPIT tegenover Isaac Abrahamsz Massa en Beatrix van der Laen?

Hoewel MAERTEN SOOLMANS EN OOPJEN COPPIT door Wim Pijbes in zijn queeste naar particulier geld op demagogische wijze de broer en zus van De Nachtwacht genoemd werden, zullen ze toch niet links en rechts van die Nachtwacht getoond worden. Nee, Pijbes denkt eerder aan een plek op de eregalerij van het Rijksmuseum, bijvoorbeeld tegenover het dubbelportret door…

Rembrandt – Maerten Soolmans en Oopjen Coppit symbool van nationalisme

In 2002 was voormalig directeur van het Rijksmuseum Ronald de Leeuw  – de man is met de noorderzon vertrokken sinds zijn falend beleid en de verbouwing van het Rijks – een van de ondertekenaars van een verklaring over het universele museum. Deze verklaring werd opgesteld naar aanleiding van toenemende druk door bronlanden om in koloniale tijden geroofd…

En, Wim van Krimpen..hoe zit het nu met die integratie van de moslims?

Het is alweer bijna acht jaar geleden dat toenmalig directeur van het Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Wim van Krimpen, zich in allerlei bochten wrong om zijn besluit te rechtvaardigen foto’s van homo’s met Mohammed- en Alimaskers van de net afgestudeerde Iraanse kunstenares Sooreh Hera niet te tonen. Ondanks dat het museum uit de moslimhoek geen dreigementen bereikte,…

Movie review – Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery sheds light on hypocrisy of art world | Montreal Gazette

There are many amazing things about the story of Wolfgang Beltracchi, the convicted art forger who was released from prison early this year after serving two-thirds of a six-year sentence. First is his undeniable skill and ingenuity, which are quietly celebrated in Arne Birkenstock’s fascinating documentary Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery. The second is just how…

Movie review – Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery sheds light on hypocrisy of art world | Montreal Gazette

There are many amazing things about the story of Wolfgang Beltracchi, the convicted art forger who was released from prison early this year after serving two-thirds of a six-year sentence. First is his undeniable skill and ingenuity, which are quietly celebrated in Arne Birkenstock’s fascinating documentary Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery. The second is just how…

Stolen Picasso painting found in New Jersey makes its way back to Paris museum | Entertainment & Showbiz from CTV News

A $15 million Pablo Picasso painting is back on display in a Paris museum after a long and unusual journey. ‘La Coiffeuse’ disappeared from a French storage room more than a decade ago, then turned up in a package from Belgium to New York last year — with a customs label calling it a $37…

Stolen Picasso painting found in New Jersey makes its way back to Paris museum | Entertainment & Showbiz from CTV News

A $15 million Pablo Picasso painting is back on display in a Paris museum after a long and unusual journey. ‘La Coiffeuse’ disappeared from a French storage room more than a decade ago, then turned up in a package from Belgium to New York last year — with a customs label calling it a $37…

Lord Elgin and the misappropriated manuscripts, a forgotten history

In William St. Clair’s fascinating, and very well documented book Lord Elgin & The Marbles; the controversial history of the Parthenon sculptures (third revised edition, 1998) one can read an account about the illicit removal of ancient manuscripts: “Professor Carlyle had been attached to Lord Elgin’s Embassy by the government for the specific purpose of…

Gestolen schilderij 'La Coiffeuse' van Picasso is terug in Parijs | NU – Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl

Het schilderij La Coiffeuse (de kapster) van Picasso dat meer dan tien jaar geleden werd gestolen, is terug in handen van het museum Centre Pompidou in Parijs. Door de diefstal en de slechte manier waarop het doek is bewaard, is het wel toe aan een restauratie, zegt museumdirecteur Serge Lasvignes donderdag.Het kubistische schilderij, dat naar schatting…

Gestolen schilderij ‘La Coiffeuse’ van Picasso is terug in Parijs | NU – Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl

Het schilderij La Coiffeuse (de kapster) van Picasso dat meer dan tien jaar geleden werd gestolen, is terug in handen van het museum Centre Pompidou in Parijs. Door de diefstal en de slechte manier waarop het doek is bewaard, is het wel toe aan een restauratie, zegt museumdirecteur Serge Lasvignes donderdag.Het kubistische schilderij, dat naar schatting…

Museum Escher misleidt bezoeker met kopieën – Van Krimpen bluft deskundigheid

Museum Escher misleidt bezoeker met kopieën – Van Krimpen bluft deskundigheid www.museumbeveiliging.com/2015/09/24/museum-escher-misleidt-bezoeker-met-kopieen-van-krimpen-bluft-deskundigheid/ 24/09/2015 – 11:29 volkskrant.nlhttp://www.volkskrant.nl/beeldende-kunst/museum-escher-misleidt-bezoeker-met-kopieen~a4148423/ Uit De Volkskrant: Veel van de werken die nu te zien zijn in het Haagse museum Escher in het Paleis zijn replica’s. Voor bezoekers staat niet aangegeven welke werken van de wereldberoemde grafisch kunstenaar echt zijn en welke niet.…

Museum Escher misleidt bezoeker met kopieën – Van Krimpen bluft deskundigheid

volkskrant.nlhttp://www.volkskrant.nl/beeldende-kunst/museum-escher-misleidt-bezoeker-met-kopieen~a4148423/ Uit De Volkskrant: Veel van de werken die nu te zien zijn in het Haagse museum Escher in het Paleis zijn replica’s. Voor bezoekers staat niet aangegeven welke werken van de wereldberoemde grafisch kunstenaar echt zijn en welke niet. Ook het personeel kan dat niet vertellen. (…………………………….) Escher in het Paleis, een eigen museum voor…

'Rembrandts hoeven niet gered te worden van oliesjeiks' – Madelon Strijbos van TEFAF Maastricht kletst uit haar nek

museum-security.orghttp://www.museum-security.org/2015/09/rembrandts-hoeven-niet-gered-te-worden-van-oliesjeiks-madelon-strijbos-van-tefaf-maastricht-kletst-uit-haar-nek/ ‘Rembrandts hoeven niet gered te worden van oliesjeiks’ – Madelon Strijbos van TEFAF Maastricht kletst uit haar nek September 21, 2015 – 14:52 “Het is niet zo dat kunst vastzit in particuliere handen.” Madelon Strijbos van TEFAF Maastricht, de belangrijkste kunstbeurs ter wereld, sust de zorgen van minister Bussemaker. Die wil met de aankoop van…

‘Rembrandts hoeven niet gered te worden van oliesjeiks’ – Madelon Strijbos van TEFAF Maastricht kletst uit haar nek

museum-security.orghttp://www.museum-security.org/2015/09/rembrandts-hoeven-niet-gered-te-worden-van-oliesjeiks-madelon-strijbos-van-tefaf-maastricht-kletst-uit-haar-nek/ ‘Rembrandts hoeven niet gered te worden van oliesjeiks’ – Madelon Strijbos van TEFAF Maastricht kletst uit haar nek September 21, 2015 – 14:52 “Het is niet zo dat kunst vastzit in particuliere handen.” Madelon Strijbos van TEFAF Maastricht, de belangrijkste kunstbeurs ter wereld, sust de zorgen van minister Bussemaker. Die wil met de aankoop van…

Goya art forgery: Judge probes use of four fake Goyas to fund Madrid hospital | In English | EL PAÍS

A company used four fake Goya paintings to raise funds to build a medical center specializing in spinal cord injuries west of Madrid, the public prosecutor has said.Inversión y Explotación de Activos, SL produced an expert appraisal placing the collective value of the artwork at over €10 million, which was enough to persuade local authorities…

Goya art forgery: Judge probes use of four fake Goyas to fund Madrid hospital | In English | EL PAÍS

A company used four fake Goya paintings to raise funds to build a medical center specializing in spinal cord injuries west of Madrid, the public prosecutor has said.Inversión y Explotación de Activos, SL produced an expert appraisal placing the collective value of the artwork at over €10 million, which was enough to persuade local authorities…

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle

by Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher …….. Semiprooflike appearance, thick lettering and raised lumps helped NGC graders identify a counterfeit 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. The 1924 Double Eagle is by far the most common date in the Saint-Gaudens series. NGC has graded more than 300,000 examples—an astonishing number, particularly given that the coin’s total mintage…

Reception to welcome back stolen artefacts – Cyprus Mail

A reception to officially receive the return of stolen artefacts was held on Tuesday at the Byzantine museum of the Archbishop Makarios III foundation in Nicosia. The event was attended by Archbishop Chrysostomos, Communications Minister Marios Demetriades and the Swiss ambassador, among others. The 32 objects had been stolen from churches in the north and…

Uzbekistan: Scandal Descends on Jewel of Avant-Garde Art | News | The Moscow Times

It was supposed to be a day of festivities at a world-famous art museum out in the desert of western Uzbekistan. Instead, the stench of scandal sullied the occasion. As dignitaries assembled in the region of Karakalpakstan on Sept. 4 to celebrate the centenary of Igor Savitsky, the founder of a museum housing a stunning…

Uzbekistan: Scandal Descends on Jewel of Avant-Garde Art | News | The Moscow Times

It was supposed to be a day of festivities at a world-famous art museum out in the desert of western Uzbekistan. Instead, the stench of scandal sullied the occasion. As dignitaries assembled in the region of Karakalpakstan on Sept. 4 to celebrate the centenary of Igor Savitsky, the founder of a museum housing a stunning…

Medieval Coins Stolen from Scottish Museum – The coins may have been stolen while the museum was understaffed during a strike over wages last month.

The coins may have been stolen while the museum was understaffed during a strike over wages last month. “We have been made aware of the incident, which is extremely unfortunate,” a PCS spokesman told the Edinburgh Evening News. “There is some speculation that this may have happened during the recent strike. If this was the…