Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cultural Security News (Jun. 24 - Jun. 30)

Folk Art and a Sacred Stone
The Santa Fe Folk Art Market provides a venue for artists in emerging nations, from an Afghan women's collective to Zimbabwean basket weavers. Sweden and Venezuela were the latest nations to make headlines in repatriation cases. A rare atlas sold at a Sotheby's auction was determined to have been stolen from the Royal Library of Sweden, and the Pemon Indians of Venezuela demanded the return of a sacred stone, which is now a sculpture in Berlin's Tiergarten. The U.S. Ambassador to Italy noted increased cooperation between Homeland Security agents and Italian Carabinieri in the return of paintings and antiquities, which had been identified at Christie's and Sotheby's auctions. The politics of protection of cultural property continued with Timbuktu being added to the list of World Heritage in danger, and anti-government protests in Russia cited destruction of monuments. Monuments served as targets of political agendas with Putin and Peres meeting for the unveiling of a monument to Soviet soldiers in Netanya, and ultra-Orthodox Jews vandalized Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial.
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