Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cultural Security News (Apr. 22 - Apr. 28)

Voluntary and Involuntary Exchange
The Thwarted Return of the Mummy: Turning the Trend on Returning Looted Antiquities from U.S. Museums to Foreign GovernmentsThe week experienced both sharing of culture between nations and forced returns of cultural patrimony. In the public sector, Austria and Mexico signed a treaty governing the loan of cultural artifacts, and a traditional Japanese puppet theater performed in Cuba. In the private sector, architect Alvaro Cirillo continued promoting Latin American art through exhibitions in Asia, and an on-line initiative sought to promote Moroccan contemporary art in London. On the other hand, the United States Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Attorneys made headlines in several seizures and returns of cultural property. In particular, Italy fell victim to a seizure of a loaned painting in Florida last year, and the painting in question was returned to the heirs of the rightful owner last week.
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