Met Museum Announces Return of Two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

The museum, which has some 160 items from Benin City, becomes the latest institution to announce the restitution of some of the priceless artifacts.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #edo-museum-of-west-african-art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #nigeria

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The Masterpieces That Napoleon Stole, and How Some Went Back

His art seizures paved the way for similar French excesses in Africa a century later. Yet the return of some treasures after his defeat set a model for museums today.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bonaparte-napoleon, #grande-halle-de-la-villette, #louvre-museum, #museums

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Was This Picasso Lost Because of the Nazis? Heirs and Bavaria Disagree.

Officials have refused to refer a dispute over the work held by the state painting collections to a national commission created to review claims of art lost in the Nazi era.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bavaria-germany, #bavarian-state-painting-collections, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #mendelssohn-bartholdy-paul-von, #picasso-pablo, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wills-and-estates

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French Heir Gives Pissarro Stolen by the Nazis to University of Oklahoma

The painting, long the subject of an ownership dispute, will be given to the University of Oklahoma with plans for title to be transferred later, likely to a French institution.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #colleges-and-universities, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #meyer-leone, #musee-dorsay, #museums, #pissarro-camille, #shepherdess-bringing-in-sheep, #university-of-oklahoma

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Heirs Sue Over Ownership of a Pissarro, Saying It Was Seized by Nazis

They claim that the painting, “The Anse des Pilotes, Le Havre,” was taken from their ancestors by the Nazis, and have filed a lawsuit in Atlanta to recover it.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #atlanta-ga, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #horowitz-family-foundation, #horowitz-gerald-d, #horowitz-scott-1966, #kainer-ludwig-1885-1967, #kainer-margaret, #moeller-fine-art-ltd, #mondex-corp, #norbert-levy-foundation, #pissarro-camille, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #the-anse-des-pilotes-le-havre

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Turkey Fights for Return of a Work It Says Was Looted

A bench trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan concerns an ancient idol held by Christie’s.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #manhattan-nyc, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #turkey

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France to Return Klimt Painting to Rightful Heirs After Nazi-Era Sale

The only painting by Gustav Klimt in the country’s national collection will be returned to the family of a Jewish woman who was forced to sell it. She died in the Holocaust.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bachelot-roselyne, #des-cars-laurence, #france, #klimt-gustav, #musee-dorsay

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‘Plunder,’ a Gripping Reflection on What the Nazis Took and What It Would Mean to Take It Back

Menachem Kaiser writes about his efforts to reclaim an apartment building in Poland that his family owned before the war.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #books-and-literature, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #kaiser-menachem, #plunder-a-memoir-of-family-property-and-nazi-treasure-book

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The Louvre Recovers Armor Pieces Stolen Nearly 40 Years Ago

At the end of May 1983, two pieces of Italian Renaissance armor went missing. The circumstances around their disappearance still remain a mystery.

#armor, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bordeaux-france, #da-vinci-leonardo, #france, #le-figaro-newspaper, #louvre-museum, #martinez-jean-luc, #museums, #robberies-and-thefts

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A Sacred Place Undone by Trump Must Be Saved by Biden

Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wilderness-areas

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Auction House Suspends Sale of 19th-Century Jewish Burial Records

The records of a Jewish community in Romania that was almost annihilated during the Holocaust are viewed as essential to reconstructing its history.

#archives-and-records, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #auschwitz-concentration-camp, #brooklyn-nyc, #cluj-napoca-romania, #eastern-europe, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #kestenbaumco, #manuscripts, #oradea-romania, #romania, #world-jewish-restitution-organization

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Supreme Court Rules for Germany in Case on Nazi-Era Art

In a unanimous ruling, the court said a federal law bars suits against foreign governments accused of expropriating their own citizens’ property.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #politics-and-government, #railroad-retirement-board, #supreme-court-us, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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A Painter Explores His Royal Roots

Roméo Mivekannin’s great-great-grandfather was an African king whose treasures were looted by colonial forces. As France prepares to return some of the artifacts, the painter is examining how the past shaped his own identity.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #behanzin-d-1906, #benin, #colonization, #content-type-personal-profile, #france, #mivekannin-romeo, #museums, #quai-branly-museum

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With a Gift of Art, a Daughter Honors, if Not Absolves, Her Father

Douglas Latchford, a scholar of Khmer antiquities who was accused of trafficking in looted artifacts, bequeathed his world-class collection to his daughter. She has returned it to Cambodia.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bangkok-thailand, #cambodia, #collectors-and-collections, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #museums

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Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past

The instrument’s holders refuse to compensate the heirs of a Jewish music dealer, jeopardizing a system for restitution that has been in place for nearly two decades.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #germany, #guarneri-giuseppe-1698-1744, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #papier-hans-jurgen, #violins-and-violas

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A Bitter Archaeological Feud Over an Ancient Vision of the Cosmos

The Nebra sky disk, which has been called the oldest known depiction of astronomical phenomena, is a “very emotional object.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #black-markets, #bronze-age, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #germany, #iron-age, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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How a Historian Got Close, Maybe Too Close, to a Nazi Thief

Over nearly a decade, Jonathan Petropoulos met dozens of times with a man who helped the Nazis loot Jewish art collections, a complicated relationship he explores in “Göring’s Man in Paris.”

#archives-and-records, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #europe, #goering-hermann-1893-1946, #gorings-man-in-paris-the-story-of-a-nazi-art-plunderer-and-his-world-book, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #lohse-bruno-d-2007, #paris-france, #petropoulos-jonathan, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Congress Poised to Apply Banking Regulations to Antiquities Market

Regulators have long worried that the secrecy of the antiquities trade, where buyers and sellers are seldom identified, made it an easy way to launder money.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #christies, #financial-crimes-enforcement-network-treasury-department, #law-and-legislation, #money-laundering, #national-defense-authorization-act, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vetoes-us

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Will a Looted Pissarro End Up in Oklahoma, or France?

A painting by the French Impressionist artist, with a back story of plunder and family tragedy, is at the center of courtroom battles on both sides of the Atlantic.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #galeries-lafayette-sa, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #meyer-leone, #musee-dorsay, #museums, #pissarro-camille, #university-of-oklahoma

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Humboldt Forum in Berlin Finally Opens (Kind of)

A modest ceremony inaugurated the troubled museum, one of the most expensive and ambitious culture projects in Europe. The only thing is, you can’t go in.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #berlin-germany, #building-construction, #colonization, #humboldt-forum, #museums

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Dutch Court Rules Against Jewish Heirs on Claim for Kandinsky Work

A recent finding of fault with a Restitution Commissions panel had led the heirs to hope that the court might find for them and return the painting.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #dutch-restitutions-commission, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #kandinsky-wassily, #kohnstamm-committee-netherlands, #mondex-corp, #museums, #netherlands, #painting-with-houses, #stedelijk-museum-amsterdam

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Supreme Court Hears Holocaust Survivors’ Cases Against Hungary and Germany

The justices struggled to decide whether a 1976 law that bars most suits against other nations allows Jewish victims to sue over the theft of their property.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #hungary, #jews-and-judaism, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Dutch Panel for Looted Art Claims Must Change Course, Report Finds

A review commissioned by the Dutch culture minister found that the country’s art restitution panel showed too little empathy to victims of Nazi aggression and sided too often with museums.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #dutch-restitutions-commission, #eizenstat-stuart-e, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #museums, #netherlands, #rijksmuseum, #stedelijk-museum-amsterdam

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A New Museum to Bring the Benin Bronzes Home

The architect David Adjaye discusses his plans for an institution to house the looted treasures on their to return to Nigeria.

#adjaye-david, #architecture, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #benin-bronzes, #benin-city-nigeria, #british-museum, #edo-museum-of-west-african-art, #museums, #nigeria

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Dispute Over Pissarro Painting Looted by Nazis Is Back in Court

A Holocaust survivor wants to revisit a settlement with an Oklahoma art museum over a painting once owned by her father.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #colleges-and-universities, #france, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #meyer-leone, #musee-dorsay, #museums, #oklahoma, #pissarro-camille, #statutes-of-limitations, #university-of-oklahoma

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Book Review: ‘A World Beneath the Sands,’ by Toby Wilkinson

In “A World Beneath the Sands,” Toby Wilkinson details the hundred years when many of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt were made, by Europeans.

#a-world-beneath-the-sands-adventurers-and-archaeologists-in-the-golden-age-of-egyptology-book, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #books-and-literature, #egyptian-civilization, #wilkinson-toby

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After 75 Years and 15 Claims, a Bid to Regain Lost Art Inches Forward

Heirs of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog, a Hungarian banker whose collection of masterpieces was seized by the Nazis, are still pursuing its return.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #budapest-hungary, #commission-for-art-recovery, #herzog-mor-lipot, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #hungary, #museums, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Return Looted Art to Former Colonies, Dutch Committee Tells Government

The Netherlands should show “a willingness to return” items taken without consent, and to do so without conditions, a report said.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #colonization, #museums

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To Protest Colonialism, He Takes Artifacts From Museums

Mwazulu Diyabanza will appear in a Paris court this month after he tried to make off with an African treasure he says was looted. France and its attitude to the colonial past will be on trial, too.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #diyabanza-mwazulu, #museums, #quai-branly-museum

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How Old Is This Ancient Vision of the Stars?

It’s a tale of bronze, iron, looting and archaeological conflict.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bronze-age, #germany, #iron-age, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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Douglas A.J. Latchford, Khmer Antiquities Expert, Dies at 88

A leading collector of Cambodian relics, he was credited with helping preserve Khmer culture. He was also charged with trafficking in looted treasures.

#antiques, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #collectors-and-collections, #deaths-obituaries, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #thailand

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Frans Hals Painting Is Stolen

“Two Laughing Boys” by Frans Hals has been taken from a museum in the Netherlands, after having been stolen in 1988 and again in 2011.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #hals-frans, #netherlands, #robberies-and-thefts, #two-laughing-boys, #van-gogh-vincent

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Colonialism Made the Modern World. Let’s Remake It.

This is what real “decolonization” should look like.

#africa, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #belgium, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #colonization, #england, #politics-and-government, #reparations, #slavery-historical

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Disputed African Artifacts Sell at Auction

A Princeton art history professor said the figures were stolen and called on Christie’s to halt the sale, but it went ahead in Paris on Monday.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #black-people, #christies, #nigeria, #okeke-agulu-chika, #paris-france, #quai-branly-museum, #republic-of-biafra

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Facebook, Citing Looting Concerns, Bans Historical Artifact Sales

The company announced the prohibition after researchers reported that looters were using the platform to identify and sell illegally excavated antiquities.

#al-azm-amr, #antiquities-trafficking-and-heritage-anthropology-research-project, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #black-markets, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #paul-katie-a, #shawnee-state-university, #social-media

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Paolo Giorgio Ferri, Hunter of Looted Antiquities, Dies at 72

A prosecutor in Italy, he dismantled multinational trafficking rings, recovering tens of thousands of Greco-Roman artifacts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #deaths-obituaries, #ferri-paolo-giorgio, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #rome-italy

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Asian Art Museum to Remove Bust of Patron. That’s Just a Start.

The museum will also hold public programs to examine Avery Brundage’s legacy, as well as questions around restitution, and work on “decolonizing’’ the museum.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #asian-art-museum, #brundage-avery, #museums, #san-francisco-calif, #xu-jay

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A New Museum Director’s First Challenge: Which Exhibits to Give Back

Figures on both sides of the restitution debate are hoping that Emmanuel Kasarhérou’s bicultural background will make him receptive to their views.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #france, #kasarherou-emmanuel, #museums, #new-caledonia, #sarr-felwine, #savoy-benedicte

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Authorities Seek Forfeiture of Ancient Gilgamesh Tablet From Hobby Lobby

The “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” was displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington until the authorities seized it in 2019.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #hobby-lobby-stores-inc, #homeland-security-department, #museum-of-the-bible

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When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where to Dig

Recent research highlights the power of the canine nose to uncover buried remains from ancient human history.

#animal-cognition, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #croatia, #dogs, #florida, #forensic-science, #mississippi, #native-americans, #smells-and-odors, #tombs-and-tombstones, #your-feed-science

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