Showing results 49 - 50 of 50 for the month of July, 2008.

July 1, 2008

Stolen artefacts to travel from one Universal Museum to another

Posted at 12:49 pm in British Museum, Similar cases

The Universal Museum concept has not been without its critics. Now it seems that (where large sums of money are involved), artefacts can move from one such institution to another, but the possibility of returning them to their original owners is an entirely different issue that should never be considered.

Modern Ghana

By Dr. Kwame Opoku
Sun, 29 Jun 2008
Feature Article

Although the Art Newspaper published the details of the arrangements on Friday, 27 June, 2008, the contract between Abu Dhabi and France on the creation of Louvre Abu Dhabi was signed last year. See Tom Flynn, Getting ahead in the sand: universal museum in the age of neo-liberalism

If you ever thought there was no money in the museum business and that museums dealt only with artefacts and dead bodies, as one lady told me, the news below should make you reflect. You will perhaps realize that the so called “universal museums” are making huge profits from their stolen art objects. Not only do they keep their entrance fees (where this is required) but also charge for the use of images of the stolen objects by way of copyright. They also sell the expertise they develop through their possession of thousands of objects from all over the world and indeed charge some of the deprived countries for supplying knowledge about their own culture. The report below shows that the Louvre is reaping huge benefits from Abu Dhabi for the use of the name “Louvre”. Part of the fame of the Louvre surely comes from its possession of stolen art made possible by French imperialism. The French boast of using their expertise in building a “universal museum” in this part of the world. One cannot deny the undoubted expertise and experience of the French in establishing a “universal museum”. The financial obstacles outlined in Universal Museum Starter Kit may not apply here but what about the legal and political objections?
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Can the Parthenon Sculptures be compared to the Bayeux tapestry?

Posted at 12:37 pm in Elgin Marbles, Similar cases

John Huntley, follows my line of reasoning, in suggesting that any comparisons drawn between the Elgin Marbles & the Bayeux Tapestry are at best very weak. Comparing one case to another, misleads the public by distracting attention from the key issues behind each of the arguments.

The Scotsman

30 June 2008
Losing your marbles

It is inappropriate to make comparisons between the Parthenon Marbles and the “Bayeux” Tapestry (your report, 25 June). The Parthenon Marbles were removed from the Acropolis in Athens by Lord Elgin in circumstances of doubtful legality. Regardless of where the Bayeux Tapestry was created and by whom, there is no dispute that it is lawfully located in Bayeux (a Normandy possession of the Norman Kings of England).

Whereas there is a real dispute over legal ownership of the Parthenon Marbles, the issue over the Bayeux Tapestry is simply where it would be most appropriately displayed, however temporarily. Thus it is reasonable to speak of the “Bayeux” Tapestry, but inappropriate to speak of the “Elgin” Marbles, rather than the “Parthenon” Marbles while their legal ownership remains unclear.
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