Greece: Exhibition against trafficking of ancient artworks

04 Apr 2012 10:06 PM | Anonymous

Greece: Exhibition against trafficking of ancient artworks
03 APRIL, 14:17

The golden wreath of myrtle leaves, stolen in Greece and bought by the Getty Museum, in the US. It was given back to Greece in 2007.
(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, APRIL 3 - The central archaeological council at Greece's Ministry of Tourism and Culture (KAS) has given its green light for the organisation of an exhibition with the serious title of "Ending the illegal trafficking of ancient works of art". The exhibition, which will be held at the Archaeological Museum of Salonika, will open on April 8 and run until September 30, and aims to shed light on various aspects of the issue and at the same time raise awareness among visitors of the risks faced by works of both ancient and modern art in Greece, a factor illustrated by the thefts in recent months from the Modern Art Museum of Athens and the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games at Olympia.

The problem of the illegal art trade is a real epidemic not only for countries with a history as rich as Greece but for the whole world. After the arms and drugs trades, art represents the most lucrative illegal activity. The exhibition will feature 170 antique items from the Archaeological Museum of Salonika, the office for the protection of cultural goods at Greece's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Department of Maritime Antiques and the Greek Archaeological Office, all of which at some point ended up in the hands of illegal dealers before being recovered.

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