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  • 23 Jul 2014 10:08 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Norton Simon Museum seeks rehearing after 'Adam and Eve' setback

     
    Norton Simon Museum wants review of an adverse ruling in its bid to hang on to 'Adam' and 'Eve' paintings

    A bite of the apple is said to have gotten Adam and Eve thrown out of the Garden of Eden.

    Now the Norton Simon Museum wants another bite at the apple as it tries to have a legal threat to one of its most prized artworks thrown out of court. At stake are Lucas Cranach the Elder’s 1530 paired paintings “Adam” and “Eve,” which have hung in the Pasadena museum since the 1970s.

    The museum has asked for a rehearing of a June decision that went against it in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, when two members of a three-judge panel revived Marei Von Saher’s claim to “Adam” and “Eve” after it had been dismissed two years earlier in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-nazi-looted-art-norton-simon-museum-adam-eve-20140721-story.html#page=1

  • 22 Jul 2014 2:39 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Experts Decry British Complacency with Syrian Destruction

    Alexander Forbes, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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    Over 100 British experts, lords, and members of Parliament have signed a letter decrying the United Kingdom’s failure to sign the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The letter was written by Nicholas Trench, the Earl of Clancarty, and published in Monday’s edition of the Telegraph and on their website.

    As the letter points out, the UK is the most significant international power that has not yet signed the Hague Convention. The US signed the accord in 2009. It was initially formulated in 1954 in response to the vast destruction of and damage to sites of national and international cultural importance during the Second World War. Those losses, Trench points out, included: “Paintings by Van Gogh and Caravaggio; the St Petersburg amber room; and architecture such as St Mary’s Church, Lübeck, and the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino.”

    http://news.artnet.com/art-world/experts-decry-british-complacency-with-syrian-destruction-64799

  • 22 Jul 2014 11:19 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    ICE, Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration pledge to work together to protect cultural property

    WASHINGTON – Officials representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Republic of Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for the exchange of information and cooperation regarding the protection, recovery and restitution of cultural property.

    A ceremony was held at ICE headquarters in Washington to commemorate the MOU signing, the first of its kind between a U.S. agency and an agency from the Republic of Korea. The MOU was signed by ICE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas S. Winkowski and CHA Administrator Sun-hwa Rha.

    http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/c5ab57

     

  • 21 Jul 2014 2:55 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    MEDIA ADVISORY: ICE, Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration to sign MOU to protect cultural property

    ICE, Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration to sign MOU to protect cultural property

    WASHINGTON undefined Officials representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Republic of Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for the exchange of information and cooperation regarding the protection, recovery and restitution of cultural property.

     

    http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/c57fad

  • 21 Jul 2014 1:07 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    The international team trying to save Syrian antiquities

  • 21 Jul 2014 1:04 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Experts condemn British government for failure to ratify convention protecting cultural property

     

    Crossbench peer leads criticism of repeated delays despite widespread looting in Syria

    In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper today, 21 July, Nicholas Trench, the Earl of Clancarty who is a Crossbench peer, described Britain’s failure to ratify the treaty as “mystifying”. Trench said that in 2008, a draft Cultural Property Protection (Armed Conflict) Bill passed through parliament with minor revisions. “Ministers of successive governments have pledged their commitment to ratification as soon as parliamentary time can be found… The latest Queen’s Speech left ample parliamentary time free to pass additional legislation in the current session,” he said.

    http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Experts-condemn-British-Government-for-failure-to-ratify-convention-protecting-cultural-property/33314

  • 18 Jul 2014 2:32 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    Emergency Support for Syria's Cultural Heritage

    Damage to the Eastern Hall of the Ma'arra Museum, Idlib Province, Syria (photo: Ali Othman and the Ma'arra Museum).In addition to the high toll that Syria's four-year-old civil war has had on its people and infrastructure, Syria's cultural heritage has been and continues to be destroyed at an unprecedented rate. World Heritage sites like the historic city of Aleppo and Krak des Chevaliers, as well as medieval Christian cemeteries and numerous archaeological sites and museums, have been subjected to extensive raiding and looting.

    In an effort to help stem the loss of the region's significant cultural heritage, Penn Museum's Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Syrian Interim Government's Heritage Task Force, have come together to offer assistance for museum curators, heritage experts, and civilians working to protect cultural heritage inside Syria. A three-day training program, "Emergency Care for Syrian Museum Collections," focusing on safeguarding high risk collections, was completed in late June; additional training programs are being planned, pending funding.

    http://www.aina.org/news/20140717151654.htm

  • 18 Jul 2014 2:30 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Emergency response action plan to safeguard Iraqi heritage

     

    NEW DELHI: Unesco on Thursday held a consultation with Iraqi and international cultural heritage experts and agreed on an Emergency Response Action Plan to safeguard Iraq's rich and diverse cultural heritage.

    The Plan is intended to secure the cooperation of all stakeholders, including national and international organizations, humanitarian relief workers in the field, art dealers, international museums and law enforcement authorities, in safeguarding Iraq's heritage. 

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Emergency-response-action-plan-to-safeguard-Iraqi-heritage/articleshow/38599554.cms
     

  • 14 Jul 2014 8:24 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Stolen Antiquities Hunter Teaches World Lessons from Cyprus

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     http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/07/13/stolen-antiquities-hunter-teaches-world-lessons-from-cyprus/#sthash.AInMOHPq.dpuf

  • 14 Jul 2014 8:24 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Stolen Antiquities Hunter Teaches World Lessons from Cyprus

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     http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/07/13/stolen-antiquities-hunter-teaches-world-lessons-from-cyprus/#sthash.AInMOHPq.dpuf

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