Sunday, October 17, 2010

SAFECorner: Cultural Heritage in Danger (art and art theft)

REVIEWED BY: Marguerite Zelle




BLOG DESCRIPTION: The online community of the non-profit organization SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone, where dialogs begin, ideas exchange, and concrete solutions emerge concerning looting and the illicit antiquities trade. Contributors to SAFECORNER are members of the SAFE community and other experts and opinion leaders in the field of cultural heritage protection.

MY REVIEW: I enjoy this blog a great deal,although I am more interested in art theft than antiquities theft. Nevertheless, the information contained in these posts is fascinating.

The only disappointment is that there are not a lot of posts, sometimes only 2 or 3 a month. But this infrequency is what makes subscribing to the blog worthwhile, because you'll never miss a post this way.

Highly recommended.

Sample post:
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time ran out in the case against Marion True

As previously reported here the trial against Marion True, former curator of antiquities at the Getty Museum ended on Wednesday, October 13. After five years, the True case, which would set a precedent for the prosecution of a museum curator for knowingly acquiring looted artifacts, ended on the grounds that the statute of limitations has expired.

As quoted in the New York Times, Maxwell Anderson, the director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, said that True “sacrificed herself on behalf of other museum directors in America,” while Paolo Ferri, the now-retired prosecutor for the case, was quoted as saying "the trial had served as a signal to museums that buying objects without provenance had to end." For more about this and other cases related to museum acquisitions, please visit SAFE's web site here.

Will the high visibility of this case alter museum acquisition practices? This much is certain: the case against the plunder of cultural heritage continues and has no statute of limitations.

--Time ran out in the case against Marion True
--Egypt and China agree to cooperate on protection of cultural property
--Hate Looting? Take This Opportunity to Support Restrictions on the Import of Undocumented Antiquities
--Floods threaten Pakistan's cultural heritage
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