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Iranian Museum Exhibits Over 500 Artifacts Repatriated From the West

Tehran Times / February 9th, 2017

Some 558 historical artifacts including sculptures, earthenware, coins and jewelry, repatriated from Western museums over the last two years, went on display Monday at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Tehran Times reports: "Last November, 30 historical artifacts which had been smuggled ...

From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

Antiques and the Arts Weekly / January 18th, 2017

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

Swiss Art Dealer Sues Getty Museum for $77 Million

Courthouse News Service / January 17th, 2017

In a federal lawsuit on Jan. 12, a Swiss art dealer claimed that the Getty Museum in Los Angeles unfairly dropped it from a deal for a portion of a multi-billion dollar private collection of Roman antiquities that the dealer was brokering, reports Courthouse News. Phoenix Art, of Geneva, claims ...

NYT Debuts New Series of Guides to Iconic Museums

New York Times / January 4th, 2017

The New York Times debuted "Make the Most of The Met," a guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It highlights the best of the museum's offerings and offers tips to help visitors on their journey through one of America's most visited museums. Daniel McDermon, an editor on the culture desk, walks ...

Ancient City Discovered in Egypt

MSN / November 23rd, 2016

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 7,000 years, containing huts, tools, pottery and huge graves. It lies by the river Nile, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos. Experts say the size of the 15 newly discovered graves ...

Art Historian Decries Toledo Museum of Art's Sale of Antiquities

Toledo Blade / October 24th, 2016

Toledo native Joan Connelly, a renowned art expert, nationally known archaeologist, professor, and winner of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, is vocally opposing the Toledo Museum of Art’s deacquisition of nearly 70 antiquities from its collection at a current auction. A professor of ...

Italian Mafia Trades Arms-for-Art With ISIS in Libya

Daily Beast / October 18th, 2016

Domenico Quirico, a journalist from La Stampa newspaper, recently went undercover as an art collector to expose how looted antiquities are being traded in support of ISIS. Italy’s Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, working with the Neapolitan Camorra criminal gang, has an illicit art-for-weapons ring ...

Islamist Extremist Gets 9 Years in Prison for Destroying Cultural Heritage Sites

ArtfixDaily / September 28th, 2016

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague sentenced Islamic extremist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to nine years in prison for destroying Muslim shrines in Timbuktu, Mali. The case represents the first prosecution for the destruction of a cultural heritage site as a war ...

National Gallery of Australia to Get $11 Million in Compensation for Stolen Statue

ABC / September 26th, 2016

The Supreme Court of New York has granted a motion in favour of a $11 million payment to the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), as compensation for its purchase of a stolen Indian antiquity from disgraced New York art dealer Subhash Kapoor that was later returned to India. The court has ...

Proceeds From Museum Visits in Italy on Sunday to Help Repair Quake Damage

ArtfixDaily / August 25th, 2016

The deadly magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday devastated the medieval towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, the village of Pescara del Tronto, and the surrounding region. By Thursday, the death toll came to 250 with victims still being pulled from ...

Militant Who Destroyed Cultural Sites Pleads Guilty in War-Crimes Trial

NPR / August 23rd, 2016

A Malian Islamist militant who led the 2012 destruction of cultural heritage sites and ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu has pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court.  Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. His trial for destroying cultural ...

Texan Tourists Make Archeological Discovery in Hawaii

newser / August 10th, 2016

A pair of vacationers from Texas discovered previously-unknown petroglyphs thought to be at least 400 years old on a Hawaiian island beach. Lonnie Watson and Mark Louviere made the archeological find on Oahu. They located 10 unusually large (5-foot) images carved in sandstone across 60 ...

Italy Seeks Foreigners to Head Cultural Sites

Telegraph / May 30th, 2016

Italy has launched a global hunt for new directors to run high-profile museums and archaeological sites, in the latest bid to revive the country's moribund cultural heritage sector. Last year, Italian managers of world-class museums and art galleries, including the Uffizi in Florence, were ...

British Museum Closes During Greenpeace Protest

Telegraph / May 19th, 2016

The British Museum in London closed to visitors on Thursday after Greenpeace activists scaled its entryway columns in a protest against BP's sponsorship of the blockbuster exhibition "Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds." Police arrested about 11 people in the protest for aggravated trespass. ...

Senate Votes to Ban Art and Antiquities Imports From Syria

New York Times / April 14th, 2016

After months of delay and debate, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to prohibit the import of all art and antiquities originating from Syria, reports the New York Times. A resolution of the United Nations Security Council will be upheld with the new law, which will possibly close a ...

Iraq to Transform Saddam Hussein's Palace Into Museum

National Geographic / April 13th, 2016

A former palace in Basra, Iraq, that belonged to Saddam Hussein will reportedly be remade into a museum this fall. The project is estimated to cost about $3.5 million and represents the first museum to open in the country for decades, according to an article in National Geographic. ...

Tomb of Jesus to Undergo Restoration

Times of Israel / March 24th, 2016

The site in Jerusalem where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected will be fully restored, church officials announced on Wednesday. Renovations of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre will begin around May 1. A team of Greek restorers will complete the project by ...

The Nefertiti 3D Scan Scandal Highlights Museum Data Security

Cosmo Wenman / March 10th, 2016

Museums around the world have increasingly opened up their digital archives to share collections with the public. Art images can be downloaded, and browsed on Google Art Project or museums' websites. Yet, 3D scans of sculpture, objects and painting are largely safe-guarded. Last week ...

Dozens of Looted Antiquities Tied to U.K. Art Dealer Returned to Italy

Independent / February 2nd, 2016

Two "priceless" Etruscan earthenware sarcophaguses and 45 boxes of “exceptional pieces of ancient Etruscan art” were taken from a Geneva freeport and returned to Rome on January 14.  “The antiquities had been brought to Geneva by a former high-profile British art dealer, whose name ...

Man Goes Missing In Search of Art Dealer's Hidden Treasure

Outside / February 2nd, 2016

Santa Fe art and antiques dealer Forrest Fenn, 85, wrote a memoir in 2010 with a mysterious poem containing clues about where he hid a $3 million treasure trove. An estimated 65,000 people have gone searching in the Rocky Mountains for Fenn's 12th-century bronze chest supposedly filled with gold ...