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Dallas Museum of Art Returns ‘Orpheus’ Mosaic to Turkey, Launches New International Exchange Program

03 Dec 2012 5:17 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

Dallas Museum of Art Returns ‘Orpheus’ Mosaic to Turkey, Launches New International Exchange Program

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By Peter Simek
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December 3rd, 2012 10:54am

The Dallas Museum of Art formally launched the new DMX international exchange program this morning by signing a “memorandum of understanding” with a cultural delegation from the Republic of Turkey and announcing the return of a mosaic in the museum’s collection that was looted from that country.

The mosaic, Orpheus Taming Wild Animals (pictured above), dates to A.D. 194 and  was acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art in 1999 at a public auction, but nine months ago Dallas Museum of Art Eugene McDermott Director Maxwell Anderson learned that the object may have been illegally removed from the floor of a Roman building near Edessa, an ancient city in south-eastern Turkey. Photographs showing the looting in progress confirmed the illegal nature of the exportation, and the DMA reached out to the Turkish embassy in Washington D.C. beginning the dialogue that has culminated in the return the mosaic to its country of origin

 

http://frontrow.dmagazine.com/2012/12/dallas-museum-of-art-returns-orpheus-mosaic-to-turkey-launches-new-international-exchange-program/

 
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