Turkey blocks loans to US and UK

01 Mar 2012 8:24 AM | Anonymous

Turkey blocks loans to US and UK

Multiple claims for antiquities at New York’s Met, major exhibitions hit at London’s British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum
Turkey refused to lend to the “Hajj” exhibition at the British Museum. Prince Charles and the Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, view the show

Turkey is refusing to lend artefacts to leading British and American museums until the issue of disputed antiquities is resolved. The ban means Turkey will not lend artefacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and London’s British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

The British Museum had asked for 35 items for the exhibition “Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam” (until 15 April). Although Turkish museums were agreeable to the loans, the ministry of culture blocked them, leaving the British Museum to find alternative artefacts at short notice.

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Turkey-blocks-loans-to-US-and-UK/25869

 

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