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Cultural Organizations Worldwide Pledge Support to Beirut Following Blast Damage to Museums and Heritage Sites

ArchPaper / August 25th, 2020

International cultural organizations have expressed support for Beirut following blasts that extensively damaged historic buildings, cultural sites and museums in the Lebanese capital on August 4. Thousands of buildings, including hundreds in the city’s historic districts, were damaged. Over ...

Social Media Sensation 'Getty Museum Challenge' Will Be A Book

ArtfixDaily / July 27th, 2020

Getty Publications has announced a new book celebrating people's creativity and joy sparked by the Getty Museum Challenge — with all profits going to charity. Van Gogh’s Starry Night made out of spaghetti? Cat with a Pearl Earring? Frida Kahlo self-portraits with pets and toilet paper? ...

Police Discover Roman Antiquities in a Seafood Store

CNN / July 23rd, 2020

A routine inspection of fish storage facilities yielded a surprising find for police in Spain. A cache of 13 Roman amphorae, along with a metal anchor from the 18th century, were found with fish products at a store in Alicante. The store owners are now under investigation for possessing ...

Pristine Ancient Roman Mosaic Floor Discovered Under Italian Vineyard

CNN / May 27th, 2020

A well-preserved ancient Roman mosaic floor was found by archaeologists under a hillside vineyard in northern Italy. Officials in the township of Negrar, north of Verona, posted photos of the colorful and complex flooring after the discovery, noting that a Roman villa had been known to exist in ...

Take a Stroll in Miami's Bayfront Vizcaya Gardens

ArtfixDaily / May 13th, 2020

In Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ beautiful bayfront gardens are now open and tickets can be reserved online. With 10 acres of outdoor gardens, Vizcaya offers the community ample space to maintain social distance with a low-density experience. For those who are not local, go online to ...

After Strong Initial Sales, TEFAF Maastricht Closes Early Due to Coronavirus

ArtfixDaily / March 10th, 2020

UPDATE 3/11/2020: TEFAF has closed four days early after an exhibitor from Italy, who had already returned home on Monday, March 8, tested positive for COVID-19, reported the Art Newspaper. The 33rd edition of TEFAF Maastricht drew 10,000 international visitors over Early Access Day (March 5) ...

UK Government Blocked Noted Classicist Mary Beard from British Museum Role

Guardian / March 2nd, 2020

The British Museum is a gargantuan repository of classical artifacts and Mary Beard is Britain's most high profile classicist. Seems like a match, yet... Downing Street reportedly vetoed the appointment of Britain's best known classicist from becoming a trustee at the British Museum, reports ...

Russia Will Help Syria Restore Palmyra Museum Artifacts Damaged by ISIS

ArtfixDaily / November 28th, 2019

In a strategic move this week, the state Hermitage Museum announced that Russia has partnered with Syria to restore 20 cultural artifacts from the National Museum of Palmyra that ISIS attempted to destroy over the last four years. A coalition will also look at rebuilding the historic sites ...

Dealer Sues For Seized Head of Alexander the Great

Courthouse News Service / November 14th, 2019

Safani Gallery, one of the oldest galleries of ancient art in the United States, filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a federal judge to block the forfeiture of a marble antiquity that was seized last year by the Manhattan district attorney and ordered to be returned to Italy, reports Courthouse ...

The Met Returns $4 Million Egyptian Sarcophagus After Investigators Discover It Was Looted

ArtfixDaily / September 26th, 2019

Earlier this week, an ancient Egyptian gilded cartonnage coffin from the first century B.C. that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York purchased for about $4 million over a year ago was given back to Egypt. The prized new acquisition was stolen, said investigators.  ...

13 Haunting Art Exhibitions to See Ahead of Halloween

ArtfixDaily / September 25th, 2019

{{image}} Spooky, fanciful or simply autumnal in feeling, here are ARTFIXdaily's picks for October art exhibitions that deliver heftily on Halloween spirit. These 13 shows span the globe, from Andrew Wyeth's witches in Maine to a "resin lady" ancient corpse on view in the UK. {{image}} ...

After France Agrees to Artifact Exchange, Greece Drafts Loan Proposal for British Museum's Parthenon Marbles

Ta Nea / September 3rd, 2019

On Tuesday, Greece's Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said her ministry is preparing a draft proposal for a loan of contested Parthenon sculptures from the British Museum, reported the Washington Post. Details of the request have not been disclosed. The move comes after France agreed to ...

Egyptian Antiquities Expert Calls for Repatriation of King Tut Sculpture Ahead of Auction

ABC News / June 9th, 2019

ABC News: 'Egypt has the right to demand the repatriation of a stone sculpture of King Tutankhamun before it goes up for auction at Christie's in London next month, according to the country’s former antiquities chief.' "It seems that this sculpture was looted from [Luxor's] ...

The Met Will Return A Newly Acquired Antiquity to Egypt Due to Dubious Provenance

New York Times / February 19th, 2019

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will return a golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century B.C. to Egypt after investigators revealed the piece was allegedly looted in 2011. Newly acquired for nearly $4 million by the Met, the heavily ornamented artifact was inscribed for Nedjemankh, a ...

British Museum Director Calls Keeping Parthenon Sculptures a "Creative Act"

Ta Nea / January 29th, 2019

In an exclusive interview with Ta Nea, Greece's daily newspaper, the director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, dismissed the latest uproar for the Parthenon Sculptures to be returned to Greece. [Read backstory and ARTFIXdaily's opinion: Brexit Could Help the Case for Parthenon Sculptures ...

The Getty Responds to Court Ruling on 2,000-Year-Old Victorious Youth Statue

The Guardian / December 5th, 2018

Italy’s supreme court has ruled that the Getty museum in Los Angeles must return a 2,000-year-old Greek bronze statue, known both as the "Victorious Youth" and the "Getty Bronze," that it bought for almost $4m in 1977. (Read more: The Guardian) In response, the museum released this statement ...

France Will Return Looted Cultural Artifacts, Following Macron-Commissioned Study

BBC / November 25th, 2018

In a historic move, France announced that some contested items in its museum collections will be restituted. “I cannot accept that a large part of the cultural heritage of several African countries is in France,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in Ouagadougou, the Burkina Faso capital. ...

Easter Islanders Ask British Museum for Return of Moai Statue

Guardian / October 24th, 2018

From the Guardian: Easter Island’s indigenous people have asked Chile’s government to help them recover a unique Moai statue removed 150 years ago and now kept in the British Museum in London. The seven-foot-tall (2.4-metre) Hoa Hakananai’a sculpture was removed from the island by Richard ...

Brexit Could Help the Case for Parthenon Sculptures to be Returned to Greece

Guardian / October 14th, 2018

The Parthenon, crown jewel from the cradle of Western civilization, needs its missing marbles. This political era seems like a fitting time for Athens, the birthplace of democracy, to have her most iconic cultural artifacts restored to their rightful place. The Acropolis Museum in Athens is ...

Brazil's Oldest Museum Consumed by Fire

The Guardian / September 3rd, 2018

A massive fire ripped through Brazil's oldest museum on Sunday night, possibly destroying some 20 million artifacts. The 200-year-old Museu Nacional (National Museum) housed natural history collections including fossils and indigenous artifacts found in Brazil as well as antiquities from Egypt ...