Tag: Arts and Antiquities Looting

In Struggle Over Parthenon Marbles, Greece Gets Unexpected Ally: Xi Jinping

For almost two centuries, Greece and Britain have tussled over who should possess the Parthenon Marbles, the crowning prize of timeless beauty and ancient civilization taken from Athens and now displayed at the British Museum in London. But Greece had an unexpected ally put its finger on the scale on Tuesday, when President Xi Jinping […]

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Stolen Without a Trace, Artwork Turns Up 7 Years Later in Los Angeles

Seven years later, Michael Flaum still remembers the shock when he opened his storage locker in Los Angeles. “It was completely empty,” Mr. Flaum said, recalling that day in August 2012. “It’s very traumatic.” Inside had been over 2,300 signed and numbered prints by the British artist and mystic Benjamin Creme that were valued at […]

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Oxford Professor Is Accused of Selling Ancient Texts to Hobby Lobby

ImageThe American chain Hobby Lobby is owned by the Green family, which opened the Museum of the Bible in 2017.CreditJoe Raedle/Getty Images LONDON — A trans-Atlantic investigation conducted by a Washington museum and a London-based archaeological group has accused a prominent Oxford University professor of stealing and selling fragments of ancient texts to Hobby Lobby, […]

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Getty Trust to Invest $100 Million in Saving Threatened Antiquities

The J. Paul Getty Trust will invest $100 million in the conservation of antiquities from ancient societies across the world, citing threats such as sectarian violence and climate change, officials of the Los Angeles-based organization said Tuesday. The trust, which operates the Getty Museum, has long focused on ancient Greek and Roman antiquities. This new […]

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Are African Artifacts Safer in Europe? Museum Conditions Revive Debate

BERLIN — Is Africa’s cultural heritage better off in Europe or in Africa? That is the question at the heart of a yearslong debate that has gripped museums in Europe, where many officials say they support the idea of repatriating artifacts, but worry that African museums cannot compare to state-of-the-art facilities in Britain, France or […]

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The Met Reviews Items It Received From a Dealer, Now a Looting Suspect

Officials of the Indian government and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are discussing whether a number of prized antiquities that the museum began acquiring three decades ago were the product of looting by Subhash Kapoor, a Manhattan art dealer accused of being one of the world’s most prolific smugglers of stolen artifacts. Since 1990, the […]

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Hitler Looted the Art, Then They Looted Hitler

Chaos reigned in the bomb-ravaged streets of Munich on April 29, 1945. American troops were closing in. Hitler was a day away from killing himself in his bunker in Berlin. The Nazi guards who protected important buildings had fled. Hungry crowds stormed the Führerbau, the Führer’s building. First they looted the food, the liquor and […]

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Investigators Say a Ring Smuggled $145 Million in Ancient Artifacts

In a sweeping new criminal case, Subhash Kapoor, a former Manhattan art dealer the authorities describe as one of the world’s largest smugglers of antiquities, was charged Monday with running a multinational ring that trafficked in thousands of stolen objects, valued at more than $145 million, over 30 years. Mr. Kapoor, 70, is currently jailed […]

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Can an Outsider Tell the Story of Post-Revolution Egypt?

THE BURIEDAn Archaeology of the Egyptian RevolutionBy Peter Hessler The stories of theft, vandalism and lawlessness were rife for an ongoing period of some months following the 18 days that marked the Egyptian revolution of 2011. Tales of cars disappearing from outside buildings; ornate and antique woodwork being pillaged from historic mosques; people waking up […]

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In Iraq Museum, There Are Things ‘That Are Nowhere Else in the World’

BAGHDAD — If people remember anything about the Iraq Museum, it is most likely the televised images of it being looted in 2003 as American troops watched from their tanks. Statues too heavy to move were knocked from their pedestals, their 3,000- and 4,000-year-old shoulders bashed to powder. Some lost their eyes or one side […]

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