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Athens: Ιnternational Conference on the Return of Cultural Property

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   In the framework of the activities of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation. Addressing the event, Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis emphasised that changes in museum policies and an increase in instances of cooperation for the repatriation of looted artefacts could pave the way for the return of the Parthenon Marbles. , Greece is hosting a two-day international conference titled “Return of Cultural Property to its Country of Origin,” which concludes today at the New Acropolis Museum.  Athens News Agency: Return of cultural property conference; The Restitution of the Parthenon marbles: The Official Greek Position; International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures: www.parthenoninternational.org  (GREEK & ENGLISH TEXT FOLLOWS) Continue reading

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World Media on Elgin’s Right to “Sell” the Parthenon Sculptures

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   In his article “Return Elgin Marbles and lay ‘curse of Minerva’ to rest,” (News.scotsman.com, 7.3.2008) author John Kapranos Huntley reminds readers that Lord Elgin was a Scot, who was at the time, British ambassador in Constantinople. Furthermore, in removing the sculptures from the Acropolis buildings, through his agents in Athens, Elgin was acting in a personal capacity. “His intention was to transport them to Scotland, to embellish amansion he was building in Fife. The decision to offer the Parthenon sculptures for sale to the British Museum was made subsequent to their removal and transportation.” Thus, the essential question is -to be determined ultimately by the Scottish courts- did Lord Elgin have the right to “sell” the sculptures in his possession? Continue reading

Who Owns History?

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  In an article published in Time Magazine (Who Owns History? – February, 21) Richard Lacayo explores the notion of cultural property and “universal museums”, presenting opinions and arguments from all sides. One of the Museum professionals he talks to is Dimitrios Pandermalis: “Pandermalis is president of the organization behind the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, initially conceived as a standing rebuke to the British Museum’s continued possession of the most passionately disputed cultural property, the 5th century B.C. Elgin Marbles…,” he writes. Continue reading