Showing results 13 - 22 of 22 for the month of November, 2007.

November 13, 2007

Is their any benefit with negotiating in the correct way with the British Museum

Posted at 2:03 pm in British Museum, Similar cases

Neil MacGregor has in the past said that restitution claims against his museum have not been made officially, or in the correct way. It seems though that even if they are, it makes little difference to how they are dealt with.

Time Magazine Blogs

November 13, 2007 8:43
Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Just two weeks ago Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, was telling me that Egypt’s loan request to his museum for the Rosetta Stone, which it wants temporarily for the opening of Cairo’s Grand Museum in 2012, was made in precisely the right way. (This in contrast to Greek attempts to borrow the Elgin Marbles, which get sticky because the Greeks won’t acknowledge first that the Trustees of the British Museum are the marbles’ rightful owners.) Let the record show that MacGregor wasn’t prepared yet to say that his museum would say yes to the Egyptians either. Now Zawi Hawass, Egypt’s very high profile culture minister, is complaining that the Brits are stalling.

I think this is called conducting negotiations in public.

November 11, 2007

The logic of non-restitution of cultural objects

Posted at 1:57 pm in Similar cases

Kwame Opoku writes again about cases involving disputed African cultural artefacts – this time the items in question are located in Paris’s recently opened Musee du Quai Branly.


Written by Dr. Kwame Opoku
Sunday, 11 November 2007

I thought I had heard all the desperate arguments and explanations from European and American museum directors for not returning the stolen cultural objects which fill their museums. But on reading the recent excellent book from Sally Price, Paris Primitive:Jacques Chirac’s Museum on the Quai Branly.

I noted the incredible explanations she received from the officials of the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, which seem to me to be worthy of examination. Concerning the return of human remains, the author got the following remarkable explanation from Séverine Le Guével, head of the international relations at the museum:
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November 10, 2007

The New Acropolis Museum & the modernisation of Athens

Posted at 1:54 pm in Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

More on whether the Art Deco buildings in front of the New Acropolis Museum site should be demolished or not.

Courrier International

The new Acropolis Museum and the Modernisation of Athens

The management of the new Acropolis Museum, due to open in Athens by the end of 2008, has requested the destruction of an Art Deco building in the centre of Athens along with a building belonging to the Greek composer Vangelis, claiming these buildings are blocking the view. The writer Takis Theodoropoulos is outraged. “Modernity refuses to be tarnished by obstacles. These two buildings spoil the view from the new museum’s restaurant. A part of our contemporary history should thus, according to the Ministry of Culture, be effaced, to make room for the design of Bernard Tschumi [the museum’s architect] and please Japanese tourists. And to think that this museum was conceived to better value Antiquity! Since nothing is beyond modernity, why not shift the Parthenon a few metres…”
ta nea (Greece)

November 9, 2007

A talk with Neil MacGregor

Posted at 2:02 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

Following his talk with Professor Pandermalis of the OANMA, Richard Lacayo now talks to Neil MacGergor, director of the British Museum. Much of the talk focuses on restitution issues generally with specific reference to the plight of the Elgin Marbles.

Time Magazine Blogs

November 6, 2007 8:21
A Quick Talk: With Neil MacGregor
Posted by Richard Lacayo

In London last week I sat down for a conversation with Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum. I had just paid a visit to the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, so this seemed like a good time to talk with him about the Elgin Marbles, which the Greeks want back, and why he believes they should stay where they are.

I’ll post this exchange in several parts over the next few days.

LACAYO: I’ll start with the most basic question. Why should the Elgins be here, in London, and not there, in Athens?
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November 7, 2007

Greek Foreign Minister meets with BCRPM

Posted at 1:57 pm in Elgin Marbles

During a visit to London, Dora Bakoyannis, the Greek Foreign Minister has met with Representatives of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, to discuss the issue with them.

Athens News Agency

FM: ‘Positive response’ over FYROM in UK


During her visit to London, Bakoyannis met with the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles and thanked them for their tremendous and ongoing efforts over the past years, stressing that Athens’ goal was to reunite the Marbles being held at the British Museum in London with those in Greece.

“They do not only belong to Greece but the world has a right to see them united at the new Acropolis Museum,” she said.


November 6, 2007

Protests in Athens over demolition of Art Deco building

Posted at 1:54 pm in Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

More coverage of the proposed demolition of two buildings that currently block the view of the New Acropolis Museum which is due to open next year.

New York Times

Arts, Briefly
Published: November 6, 2007

Art Deco Building

Thousands of protesters demonstrated yesterday in Athens to prevent the demolition of an Art Deco building near a new museum on the Acropolis, Agence France-Presse reported. Neighborhood residents, supported by an international petition carrying 8,000 signatures, are appealing plans authorizing the destruction of the building that were approved this year by the Archaeology High Council and endorsed by the minister of culture. Read the rest of this entry »

November 5, 2007

Greece inaugurates new Acropolis Museum

Posted at 1:51 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Coverage of both the transfer of artefacts to, & the imminent opening of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Southeast European Times

Greece inaugurates new Acropolis Museum
By George Anagnostopoulos for Southeast European Times in Athens – 05/11/07

On Sunday, October 14th, the first sculpture was moved to the new Acropolis Museum. Three high security cranes were used to transfer the 2.3 tonne masterpiece. Precision and safety were the main objectives of the operation, which lasted 90 minutes.

“It is a historic event of great significance,” said Greek Culture Minister Michalis Liapis. He observed the transfer together with the architect of the new museum, Bernard Tsumi, 25 ambassadors from EU-member states and numerous journalists.
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Opposition to demolition to make way for New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 1:47 pm in Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

This story keeps recurring – this time it has risen to prominence again due to a petition against the demolition of the buildings that sit in front of the New Acropolis Museum.

Independent Online (Zaire)

Thousands oppose levelling of Athens building
November 05 2007 at 08:48PM

Athens – Thousands of people have signed a petition opposing the planned demolition of an Art Deco building in central Athens near the site of the new Acropolis museum.

Officials at the new museum, slated to open at the end of 2008 at the foot of the Acropolis, say the Art Deco structure, along with another building owned by the Greek composer Vangelis, impede the view from the museum’s restaurant.
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Art pieces relinquished to Italy

Posted at 1:44 pm in Similar cases

Princeton University’s Art Museum is giving Italy legal title to some of the disputed artefacts in their collection.

The Daily Princetonian

Monday, November 5, 2007
Art pieces relinquished to Italy
By Kelly Lack
Princetonian Staff Writer

The University Art Museum will give the Italian Culture Ministry legal title to eight of 15 disputed art pieces, the two organizations said last week.

Museum representatives and Italian authorities signed an agreement on Oct. 30 in Rome resolving ownership of the artifacts. Under the settlement, four of the objects will be returned to Italy within 60 days, while another four will stay at the museum on loan for four years. The University will keep the other seven pieces.
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November 2, 2007

A museum’s dialogue with antiquity

Posted at 1:40 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Feedback in the International Herald Tribune following Nicolai Ouroussoff’s article on the New Acropolis Museum

International Herald Tribune

Return the marbles
Published: November 2, 2007

Return the marbles

Feature articles by Nicolai Ouroussoff are always an exquisite reading pleasure.

In “A museum’s dialogue with antiquity” (Oct. 31) the reader is immediately overwhelmed by the amazing way with which the Swiss-born architect, Bernard Tschumi, succeeded in blending the new museum with the landscape of the Acropolis.
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