Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cultural Security News (May 26 - Jun. 01)

In Egypt, Islamic antiquities and Roman artifacts at risk
In politics, in the Philippines, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts emphasized the need for scholars in conservation and rehabilitation of cultural heritage. New Mexico recognized President Obama in designating new national monuments. Japan returned a Buddhist painting to South Korea after 420 years. Germany reexamines treatment and return of human remains from museums.
Ancient artefacts are seen on display in this photograph distributed by the police after the arrest of three people who had stolen them from a museum in Ancient Olympia (Reuters)In a crossover of politics and security, in the West Bank, reports emerged of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls going up for sale. In Egypt, bulldozing of an historic gate in Islamic old Cairo and Chinese graffiti on Pharaohnic temples illustrate the threat to cultural heritage in the nation. Germany repatriated a large cache of Nazi-acquired antiquities to Greece. In India, the culture minister plans to redraft the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act of 1972.
In economics, in New York, Christie’s anticipated increased interest in Latin America contemporary art. Hong Kong remains a primary source of wealth and infrastructure for the art market despite a correction in China’s market share.
In a crossover of economics and security, in China, reportedly designation of Uyghur shrines as cultural property is intended to reduce the religious significance as part of strategy to control the oil-rich region.
In security, in Egypt, Islamic antiquities suffer looting in Cairo, and a Roman temple in Qena has suffered looting and environmental damage. In Australia, the director of the National Gallery confirmed involvement with the international smuggler, Subhash Kapoor. In Ireland, a medieval stone window-frame was stolen from national monument on Lake Garadice.

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