The New ‘Monuments Officers’ Prepare to Protect Art Amid War

A group of art experts have had intensive training to become part of the U.S. Army Reserve. It will be their job to help save cultural heritage in war zones.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #monuments-men, #reserves-military, #smithsonian-institution, #united-states-army, #virginia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Returns 30 Looted Antiquities to Cambodia

At a ceremony in Manhattan, federal officials said the artifacts had been stolen by organized looters who sold them through an art dealer who was later indicted on smuggling charges.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #clark-james-h, #denver-art-museum, #homeland-security-department, #justice-department, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #manhattan-nyc, #museums

Investigators Say Collector Had Suspect Art and Lots of Chutzpah

The investigators say Georges Lotfi invited them to his storage space because he did not think they would suspect that the antiquities he kept there were stolen, an accusation he denies.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bogdanos-matthew, #homeland-security-department, #lebanon, #lotfi-georges, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #smuggling, #suits-and-litigation-civil

In Rome, a New Museum for Recovered Treasures Before They Return Home

The Museum of Rescued Art showcases antiquities that were looted or otherwise lost before they go back to institutions in the regions from which they were taken.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #italy, #museum-of-rescued-art, #museums, #national-roman-museum, #osanna-massimo

3-D Printing Might Recreate the Elgin Marbles of Greece

#3-d-printers, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #athens-greece, #british-museum, #elgin-marbles, #england, #great-britain, #greek-civilization, #museums, #ottoman-empire, #parthenon-greece, #politics-and-government, #restoration-and-renovation, #sculpture

A Chance Encounter Helps Return Sacred Artifacts to an Indigenous Group

The United Nations helped the Yaqui Nation, an Indigenous group in Mexico and the United States, reclaim a deer’s head and other items from a Swedish museum.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #indigenous-people, #mexico, #museums, #sonora-mexico, #stockholm-sweden, #sweden, #united-nations

Theft of Brooklyn Church’s Gold Tabernacle Stabs at Hearts of Faithful

A Brooklyn congregation condemned the desecration of their sacred sanctuary in a burglary that the pastor called “one more blow” to a struggling church.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #brooklyn-nyc, #churches-buildings, #robberies-and-thefts, #roman-catholic-church, #st-augustine-roman-catholic-church-brooklyn, #vandalism

On a Remote Mountain, the ‘Sistine Chapel of Socialism’ Awaits Its Fate

An enormous monument to the Communist Party in Bulgaria is now a decrepit ruin. The country is wrestling with how to deal with a symbol of an unwanted and, in many ways, deeply ugly past.

#architecture, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bulgaria, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #restoration-and-renovation, #socialism-theory-and-philosophy

Italy Says Ancient Statue in U.S. Museum Was Stolen, Not Lost at Sea

A court near Pompeii has ordered the return of a treasured classical antiquity that was purchased by the Minneapolis Institute of Art almost four decades ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #conforti-michael, #italy, #minneapolis-minn, #minneapolis-institute-of-arts, #museums, #osanna-massimo, #zuchtriegel-gabriel

While Building a House, They Dug Up a Chamber for Ancient Gods

The discovery in Turkey led to a looting charge against the homebuilders and captured a time when the Neo-Assyrian Empire was the region’s dominant power.

#antiquity-journal, #aramaic-language, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #assyrian-civilization, #research, #turkey, #your-feed-science

Goodwill Sold a Bust for $34.99. It’s an Ancient Roman Relic.

Its 2,000-year journey to Texas remains a mystery, but the buyer is returning it to the German state of Bavaria, its pre-World War II home.

#antiques, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #austin-tex, #bavaria-germany, #goodwill-industries, #museums, #roman-civilization, #san-antonio-museum-of-art, #thrift-shops, #world-war-ii-1939-45

A Long Way Home for ‘Looted’ Art Is Getting Shorter

Curators at major museums are increasingly grappling with a thorny topic: restitution.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #denver-art-museum, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-fine-arts-boston, #museum-of-fine-arts-houston, #museums, #reparations, #tinterow-gary

Yale Museum Surrenders Items as Part of Art Looting Investigation

The 13 artifacts, valued at more than $1 million and all from South Asia, were given to investigators who say some of them are linked to an accused antiquities smuggler.

#art, #art-of-the-past-manhattan-ny, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #district-attorneys, #homeland-security-department, #india, #kapoor-subhash-1949, #museums, #rubin-ladd-foundation, #smuggling, #yale-university-art-gallery

Bust From the Met Museum, Said to Be Looted, Is Returned to Libya

Investigators said the sculpture, a depiction of a veiled woman, had been stolen decades ago from a temple at Cyrene, which was once part of ancient Greece.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #greek-civilization, #libya, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #sculpture, #world-heritage-sites

Gold Ingots From 18th-Century Shipwreck Returned to France

The Chinese ingots, illegally harvested from a French frigate that sank while returning from Nanjing, were seized by U.S. investigators when they were put up for auction in California.

#antiques-roadshow-tv-program, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #currency, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #homeland-security-department, #nanjing-china, #shipwrecks-historic

Kandinsky Painting Returned to Jewish Heirs by Amsterdam Museum

Dutch officials, citing their “moral duty,” gave over the work which had been held by the Stedelijk Museum since 1940.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #kandinsky-wassily, #mondex-corp, #museums, #stedelijk-museum-amsterdam

Europe Returns Ancestral Remains to Hawaii From Museums

A delegation from Hawaii is on a five-city tour to bring human remains home, some of thousands of such remnants in Europe taken from around the world.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #europe, #hawaii, #museums, #parzinger-hermann, #prussian-cultural-heritage-foundation

A Tricky First Case for the Man Who Wrote the Rules on Nazi Looted Art

The diplomat and lawyer who helped write the treaty used around the world to guide restitution claims is representing the family of a childhood friend, which has been sued to surrender a painting.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #carter-jason-1975, #eizenstat-stuart-e, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #horowitz-gerald-d, #james-palmer, #kainer-ludwig-1885-1967, #kainer-margaret, #mondex-corp, #pearlann-horowitz, #pissarro-camille

New Research Tracks Ancient Artifacts Looted by the Nazis

Scholars are increasingly focusing attention on the seizure and excavation of antiquities from Greece and other countries by German forces during World War II.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #crete-greece, #evans-arthur-1851-1941, #greek-civilization, #himmler-heinrich, #hitler-adolf, #museums, #national-archaeological-museum-athens, #rosenberg-alfred-ernst-1893-1946, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Netscape Founder Gives Up $35 Million in Art Said to Be Stolen

“Why would you want to own something that was stolen?” said James H. Clark, who investigators said had been persuaded to buy dozens of looted items by a rogue dealer.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #clark-james-h, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #netscape-communications-corp

In ‘African Origin’ Show at Met, New Points of Light Across Cultures

Holdings from Ancient Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa come together in a masterpiece show. Now the Met should make clear how the wondrous works got here.

#africa, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #benin, #colonization, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #egypt, #mali, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #nigeria, #rockefeller-michael-c, #sculpture, #the-african-origin-of-civilization-exhibit

A Hare and an Inheritance, Once Hidden, at the Jewish Museum

Lovers of Edmund de Waal’s book can get close to that netsuke in a compelling show of objects that endured across a century of violence, discrimination and dispossession.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #culture-arts, #de-waal-edmund, #diller-scofidiorenfro, #diller-elizabeth, #jewish-museum-manhattan-ny, #jewish-museum-vienna, #jews-and-judaism, #manhattan-nyc, #morisot-berthe, #museums, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #vienna-austria

Afghanistan’s National Museum Begins Life Under the Taliban

Some experts hope the reopening of the museum in Kabul is a sign the Islamic regime will show greater tolerance toward art. Others worry it is all optics.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #kabul-afghanistan, #museums, #national-museum-of-afghanistan, #taliban

A Trove of Artifacts Officials Call ‘Stolen’ Are Returned to Italy

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is repatriating 200 objects it confiscated from major museums and collections. Many were tied to one dealer.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bogdanos-matthew, #cleveland-museum-of-art, #edoardo-almagia, #fordham-university, #museums, #roman-civilization, #san-antonio-museum-of-art, #smuggling

Michael Steinhardt, Billionaire, Surrenders $70 Million in Stolen Relics

The hedge fund pioneer is barred for life from buying more antiquities. He turned over 180 stolen objects that had decorated his homes and office.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #museums, #smuggling, #steinhardt-michael-h, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

Cambodian Effort to Find Artifacts Won’t End With Informant’s Death

Officials plan to use evidence from the former looter known as Lion as they seek the return of stolen objects from museums and private collections.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #collectors-and-collections, #khmer-rouge, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #toek-tik

U.S. Returns Over 900 Confiscated Artifacts to Mali

A Homeland Security investigation had discovered funerary objects, Neolithic relics and more in a shipping container in 2009.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bamako-mali, #homeland-security-department, #houston-tex, #museums

He Sold Away His People’s Heritage. He’s in the Jungle to Get It Back.

A Cambodian temple looter, who says more than 100 artifacts he stole are in museums around the world, is working to help reclaim them.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #content-type-personal-profile, #khmer-rouge, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #prasat-thom, #sleeping-giant, #thailand, #toek-tik

Looking for a Stolen Idol? Visit the Museum of the Manhattan D.A.

Investigators have seized so many looted artifacts — more than 3,000 — that storing and caring for them until they can be returned is now a full-time job.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bogdanos-matthew, #kapoor-subhash-1949, #manhattan-nyc, #medici-giacomo, #salmon-richard, #sculpture, #smuggling, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

Citizen Activists Lead the Hunt for Antiquities Looted From Nepal

In just the past year, volunteers working for the Nepal Heritage Recovery Campaign have played a role in the return of seven artifacts.

#archives-and-records, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #mishra-roshan, #museums, #nepal, #nepal-heritage-recovery-campaign, #taragaon-museum

Looted Treasures Begin a Long Journey Home From France

The return to Benin of 26 ransacked objects will be the first large-scale act of restitution to Africa by a former European colonial power.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #kasarherou-emmanuel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mivekannin-romeo, #museums, #quai-branly-museum, #sarr-felwine

Cambodia Says the Met Museum Has Dozens of Its Looted Antiquities

The country’s culture minister cites new evidence, including the account of a reformed looter, to assert that numerous artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art were stolen from ancient sites.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums

Elizabeth Diller Is Retelling Edmund de Waal’s Story — and Her Own

Designing a show at the Jewish Museum in New York has illuminated corners of hidden history in her life, the architect says. “Edmund dug into his past. I didn’t. I couldn’t bear it.”

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #content-type-personal-profile, #de-waal-edmund, #diller-scofidiorenfro, #diller-elizabeth, #jewish-museum-manhattan-ny, #jews-and-judaism, #the-hare-with-amber-eyes-book

Van Gogh Watercolor, Once Seized by Nazis, to be Sold at Auction

Christie’s estimates the work could fetch as much as $30 million, and is being sold under the terms of an agreement between the current owner and the heirs of Jewish collectors who once owned it.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #christies, #cox-edwin-1921-2020, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #meules-de-ble, #van-gogh-vincent, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Antiquities Dealer Admits Mass-Producing Fakes He Sold for Years

The owner of a longtime Manhattan gallery said in court that while some customers thought they were buying ancient items, they were actually modern knockoffs, just made to look old.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #district-attorneys, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-york-city, #sadigh-mehrdad

A Nazi Legacy Haunts a Museum’s New Galleries

The Kunsthaus Zurich built an extension to display masterpieces from a private Swiss collection. But critics say the works are tainted by the source of their owner’s wealth.

#architecture, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #books-and-literature, #buhrle-e-g-foundation, #buhrle-emil-g, #chipperfield-david, #collectors-and-collections, #gloor-lukas, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #keller-erich-historian, #kunsthaus-zurich, #the-contaminated-museum-book, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zurich-switzerland

In ‘Afterlives,’ About Looted Art, Why Are the Victims an Afterthought?

The subject is one of the gravest topics in art history. I came for the lost stories of Jewish collectors. Where were they?

#afterlives-recovering-the-lost-stories-of-looted-art-exhibit, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jewish-museum-manhattan-ny, #jews-and-judaism, #paris-france

Max Liebermann’s Heirs Compensated for Nazi-Looted Painting

A German foundation, which holds Liebermann’s portrait of his wife and two other works from the Jewish artist’s collection, will retain them but is paying a settlement.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bavaria-germany, #compensation-for-damages-law, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #liebermann-max, #museums, #schafer-georg-museum, #wills-and-estates

Taliban Vows to Protect Afghan Cultural Heritage, but Fears Persist

The director of the national museum in Kabul said Taliban guards have been posted there, but cultural preservationists still recall the destruction of prior years.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #kabul-afghanistan, #museums, #national-museum-of-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

What Constitutes Art Sales Under Duress? A Dispute Reignites the Question.

A fight over a landscape painting bought for Hitler is focused on the question of whether its sale was voluntary or forced by economic distress the Nazis helped create.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bellotto-bernardo, #collectors-and-collections, #emden-max-1874-1940, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #monuments-men, #museum-of-fine-arts-houston, #museums

The Louvre’s Art Sleuth Is on the Hunt for Looted Paintings

Emmanuelle Polack is the face of the French museum’s efforts to return stolen works. But some discoveries have put her employer in an awkward situation.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #content-type-personal-profile, #louvre-museum, #museums, #polack-emmanuelle

Did the Nazis Force an Art Sale? The Question Lingers 88 Years Later.

The case of Curt Glaser, an art historian who sold his collection before fleeing Germany, illustrates how differently museums can respond to similar restitution claims.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #basel-switzerland, #berlin-germany, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-fine-arts-boston, #museums

In the West, the Looted Bronzes Are Museum Pieces. In Nigeria, ‘They Are Our Ancestors.’

When British soldiers stole the treasured works in 1897, it left a gaping hole in an ancient culture. With a few set to return to Nigeria, can their meaning be restored, too?

#adjaye-david, #africa, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #benin-city-nigeria, #british-museum, #edo-museum-of-west-african-art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art

The Case of the Stolen Watch Detective

Christopher A. Marinello, who has recovered more than $515 million worth of art and artifacts, is increasingly being called upon to recover luxury timepieces.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #robberies-and-thefts, #watches-and-clocks

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

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

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

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

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

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