Showing results 25 - 36 of 46 for the month of July, 2009.

July 13, 2009

The modern enhances the ancient in the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 12:59 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

Rather than trying to compete with or emulate the Parthenon, the New Acropolis Museum instead uses its elegant minimalism to provide the perfect backdrop for the artefacts within.

Toronto Star

Modernity enhances antiquity
Nearby Parthenon inspires reverent tribute to the wonders of Greece’s Golden Age
Jul 11, 2009 04:30 AM
Christopher Hume – Architecture critic

ATHENS – Architectural egotism notwithstanding, who wouldn’t be intimidated by the thought of designing a companion to the Parthenon?

Not Swiss-born, New York-based architect Bernard Tschumi. His New Acropolis Museum, which opened in Athens just weeks ago, sits at the foot of the celebrated site, just 300 metres from the seminal structure.
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Nazi loot in UK set to be returned

Posted at 12:54 pm in British Museum, Similar cases

The Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill looks likely to become law. This opens a new special case in Acts of Parliament such as the British Museum Act that govern museums – defining a type of artefacts that the museum can legitimately deaccession from their collections


Nazi art set to be returned
Last update: Sat Jul 11 2009 09:08:33

Artworks looted by the Nazis that have ended up in UK galleries could be returned to their owners.

Labour’s Lord Janner of Braunstone, chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said around 20 looted pieces are believed to be held in national collections.
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Congresswoman Dina Titus congratulates Greece on the opening of the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 12:46 pm in New Acropolis Museum

US Congresswoman Dina Titus has congratulated Greece on the opening of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, after representing her country at its inauguration.

Hellenic News of America

Titus Welcomes Greek Ambassador, Highlights Opening of Acropolis Museum

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s Third District and a member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus spoke on the House floor this morning to welcome the new Ambassador of Greece to the United States and congratulate Greece on the opening of the Acropolis Museum. Below are her remarks as delivered. To watch her speech on the House floor, click here.

“I rise today to welcome the new ambassador from Greece to Washington. Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis has a long and distinguished diplomatic career, having represented Greece at the U.N., NATO, and the E.U., among other posts.
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Why it’s time to lose the marbles

Posted at 12:37 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

The New Acropolis Museum is one of the most high profile cultural projects in Europe in the last decade. The British Museum still claims that its existence does not change anything though in the argument for the reunification of the Elgin Marbles.

London Daily News

09 July, 2009 18:30 (GMT +01:00)
Why It’s Time We Lost ‘Our’ Marbles
By Gemma Brosnan

It has been described as one of the most high profile cultural projects undertaken in Europe this decade, costing over €120m after 33 years of planning.

Designed by Swiss-born/New York based architect, Bernard Tschumi and his Greek associate, Michael Photiadis, The New Acropolis museum opened in Athens last month to much fanfare, presenting a spectacular modern building boasting 226,000 square feet of glass, 150,000 square feet of display space spanning five floors and 4,000 artifacts.
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July 11, 2009

Why India should support the return of the Elgin Marbles

Posted at 11:44 am in Elgin Marbles, Similar cases

The Elgin Marbles & what their return would represent is something that has implications for many people – not just Greeks, archaeologists & museum curators. Around the world are numerous restitution cases, each different in its own way, but each having a significance for the people involved. During the last year for instance, publicity has been generated by various artefacts from India that people would like returned (or even just an acknowledgement of the real ownership.


Why India should root for the return of the Elgin marbles
Manidipa Mandal – Thursday, July 09, 2009 1:25 PM

“Both sides stand on shaky ground,” prevaricates NYT critic Michael Kimmelman, in today’s Business of Life lead story.

The Greeks, never in fear of racial stereotyping, have been emphatic in their demands. (What’s to worry about? Everyone just knows they are the guys with the big weddings, the voluble chatter, the long community lunches, dinners and and dances, the quick and loud tempers a la Hollywood cabbies — and all that surprisingly, uncharacteristically subtle and contemplative, ancient art and literature, as well as balanced modern views on them.)
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July 10, 2009

Making a grand gresture by returning the Elgin Marbles

Posted at 1:06 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

The British may have purchased the Elgin Marbles legally – they existence in the British Museum remains however a relic of an imperial age that the world has since moved on from. Now is the time for the British Museum to once more lead the museum world by showing that restitution of artefacts can be a win/win situation for the institutions involved.

Boston Globe

Imperialism loses its marbles
July 9, 2009

THE GREAT museums of the world are filled with artworks that have been plundered from somewhere else, sometimes after being stolen several times over. There is no chance that all the kidnapped statues and paintings in those secular temples of culture will be returned to their original homes. Nevertheless, the British Museum would be making a gesture of respect to Greece, the wellspring of Western culture, if it returned the statuary that came from the Acropolis in Athens and is now known as the Elgin marbles.

The opening last month of a much-lauded museum in Athens, situated within view of the Parthenon, has revived an old quarrel over where those figures belong that were torn from the frieze and pediment of the ancient temple to Athena. Lord Elgin was ambassador to the Ottoman Empire when he began removing the statues in 1801, with the consent of Ottoman authorities. From a Greek perspective, the official of a foreign empire with no title to those monuments had pilfered them with the permission of another imperial power that had no right to give them away.
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Are the Elgin Marbles really “yesterday’s question”?

Posted at 1:01 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

Neil MacGregor talks about the digital future of museums & tries to suggest that the issue of the Elgin Marbles is “yesterday’s question”. This seems more like wishful thinking on his part however, as it is very much a current issue – particularly with the opening of the New Acropolis Museum. Furthermore, if he believes that the future of museums is digital, then why doesn’t the British Museum return the Elgin Marbles & keep a digital copy for themselves so that they can be taken care of by people who still see the value in the physical as well as the virtual.

The British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles have also published a response to this article.


Museums’ future lies on the internet, say Serota and MacGregor
Museum chiefs paint multimedia future for institutions
Wednesday, 08 July 2009

Two titans of the British museum world, Sir Nicholas Serota and Neil MacGregor, last night sketched out their visions for the museum of the future.

Both said that the relationship between institutions and their audiences would be transformed by the internet. Museums, they said, would become more like multimedia organisations.
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Guardian Elgin Marbles poll results

Posted at 12:49 pm in Elgin Marbles

The poll I mentioned last week in the Guardian has closed now & the results have been published.

Whichever way you look at it it shows a resounding level of support for re reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

This website also gets a mention – so quite a few people must have followed the link from it & voted. I’m not sure that I’d describe this site as Elginist – more anti-Elginist.


How G2’s Parthenon marbles poll went global
Aida Edemariam
Wednesday 8 July 2009

Best-read lists on websites are disconcertingly revealing things. In a week where the Guardian’s list might have been dominated by, say, Michael Jackson’s demise or the demonstrations in Iran, one small element of our arts coverage persistently ranked in the top-two best-read pieces on the site: a poll that asked, simply, “Is it time to return the Parthenon marbles?” No fewer than 380,000 people clicked on it, and an unprecedented 129,974 felt strongly enough to vote – an overwhelming 94.8% voting yes, and a puny 5.2% voting no.

Now, the Parthenon marbles aren’t exactly breaking news: Lord Elgin began removing them from Greece in 1801. True, the new Parthenon museum had just opened, with its pointed gaps where the missing marbles ought to go – but still. The opening of even the snazziest of museums can’t usually compete with one of the biggest celebrity exits in the obituaries calendar. Or the biggest demonstration in Iran since the fall of the Shah.
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July 9, 2009

Netherlands hands back looted art to Iraq

Posted at 12:42 pm in Similar cases

The Netherlands are to return various artefacts to Iraq. The artefacts were surrendered by dealers after they were informed by the police that the pieces were looted.

BBC News

Page last updated at 21:54 GMT, Thursday, 9 July 2009 22:54 UK
Dutch hand back looted Iraqi art

The Netherlands has returned to Iraqi ownership dozens of ancient artefacts that were stolen from the country after the US-led invasion of 2003.

The 69 items were surrendered by Dutch art dealers after Interpol disclosed their illegal origin.
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July 8, 2009

The virtually reunified Codex Sinaiticus goes online

Posted at 1:25 pm in British Museum, Similar cases

The world’s oldest bible, the Codex Sinaiticus is split between many locations. A project has been underway to reunify these separate fragments virtually so that the entire document can be viewed together.

In many ways its situation is similar to that of the Parthenon Marbles – separate surviving fragments split between different countries.

You can view the Codex Sinaiticus online here.


World’s oldest bible goes online
Maev Kennedy
Monday 6 July 2009

The oldest bible in the world, the Codex Sinaiticus, written in Greek in the fourth century but now scattered between the British Library, Germany, Russia and St Catherine’s monastery in Egypt’s Sinai desert, will be reassembled online today in a £1m scholarship exercise.

Nobody alive has seen all the pages together in one place. The pages of the codex, described as “a jewel beyond price” by Scot McKendrick, head of western manuscripts at the British Library, which has the largest part, have been scattered for over 150 years.
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The New Acropolis Museum has increased positive perception of Athens

Posted at 1:02 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

The city of Athens & Greece as a whole had a huge infrastructure upgrade in the run up to the 2004 Olympics. Since then though the area has continued moving forwards – something that many people are starting to notice when their attention is drawn to the country again by the publicity surrounding the New Acropolis Museum.

People’s Daily, China

Greece’s positive image further enhanced and solidified following world media coverage of the new Acropolis Museum
15:06, July 06, 2009

Greece’s Culture Minister Antonis Samaras and the Secretary General of Communication of Greece’s Interior Ministry Panos Livadas presented the positive impact of the mass media coverage all over the world on Greece’s international image, in the context of the opening of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens on June 20, 2009. Speaking during a Press Conference in Athens on Monday June 29, the Greek Culture Minister A. Samaras told Media that the authorities’ target to attract attention through the international media was successfully met. Mr. Livadas presented in detail facets of the media coverage of the widely anticipated event, noting that the opening of the new Acropolis Museum has undoubtedly added value to the country’s positive image that had been already significantly upgraded after the safe and successful organization of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
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The New Acropolis Museum is a new reason to visit Athens

Posted at 12:57 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

The New Acropolis Museum has already created a huge amount of interest since its opening, giving a new reason for tourists to visit (or re-visit) Athens.

Daily Mail

Greek holidays: Inside Athens’s stunning new Acropolis museum
By Joanna Tweedy
Last updated at 12:52 PM on 06th July 2009

Athenians have grown old waiting for the city’s new Acropolis Museum. From the first seeds of suggestion in 1976, it has taken more than three decades for this monolithic vision of glass and steel to arise. A few grey hairs won’t bother the Greek capital’s five million inhabitants but the fact that the Elgin Marbles – which they had hoped would be in the museum – remain 2,000 miles away in London rankles far more.
Acropolis Museum, Athens

The spaceship has landed: The new Acropolis Museum looks a little futuristic, but does a fine job of showcasing the past
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