Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cultural Security News (May 05 - May 11)

Kneeling Attendants return to Cambodia, a dinosaur returns to Mongolia.
In politics, in Latvia, the Mark Rothko Arts Centre opened in Daugavpils. In New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return statues to Cambodia. In Israel, excavations continue in Jerusalem to study the historical presence of Roman culture. In New York, Colgate University has agreed to return a collection of Aboriginal art to Australia.
In a crossover of politics and security, in Texas, the now famous case of a Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton is coming to a conclusion as the fossil is being returned to Mongolia. Greece plans to bring a case against Germany for reparations for looting during World War II.
In economics, collectors from China are “scouring” the world for deals on art. In the United States, the spreading requirement of a master’s degree in fine art for a career as an artist has implications for student debt. In New York, art storage is turning into an industry.
In a crossover of economics and security, in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, collectors worldwide seek art insurance. In Syria, reports continue on the threat of trafficking in antiquities for weapons. Auctions for impressionist, modern, and contemporary art continue to thrive.
In security, in Libya, antiquities remain at risk of continued looting by international gangs. In Egypt, a court in Cairo extended the detention of Palestinians who had been arrested for smuggling of antiquities. In London, the case of looted Egyptian antiquities at Christie’s led to detaining a smuggling suspect.
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