25 November 2019

Europe

Half of Shakespeare’s ‘Henry VIII’ was written by another playwright, a new analysis shows: It is widely accepted that Shakespeare worked with an uncredited author to complete “Henry VIII.” Now, a new algorithm provides further proof that credit for the play should be evenly split between the Bard and his contemporary, John Fletcher.

23.11.2019, CNN Style: Half of Shakespeare’s ‘Henry VIII’ was written by another playwright, a new analysis shows 

Picassos in the Garage? Artist’s Handyman Is Convicted of Hiding Stolen Works: One September day in 2010, a man who said he was the former electrician of Pablo Picasso entered the Paris office of the Picasso estate, wheeling a suitcase filled with 271 of the Spaniard’s artworks.

23.11.2019, The New York Times: Picassos in the Garage? Artist’s Handyman Is Convicted of Hiding Stolen Works 

22.11.2019, Artforum: French Court Upholds Conviction Of Picasso’s Former Electrician For Possession Of Stolen Works

20.11.2019, The Art Newspaper: French court upholds suspended sentence for Picasso’s former electrician 

19.11.2019, Le Journal des Arts: Recel d’œuvres de Picasso : peine confirmée pour l’ex-électricien et sa femme 

Security man made €20,000 from stolen works of art: Petr Balint, 41, admitted the theft of 33 art prints and an “incunabula” — a book printed before 1501 — from All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Co Dublin, between January 2013 and June 2014. He also pleaded guilty to the theft of four prayer books and six other books.

22.11.2019, The Times: Security man made €20,000 from stolen works of art 

Detectorists jailed for £3m Viking hoard theft: George Powell and Layton Davies uncovered about 300 coins in a field in Eye, near Leominster, Herefordshire, in 2015, but did not declare the treasure, instead selling it to dealers. They were convicted of theft and concealing their find.

22.11.2019, BBC News: Detectorists jailed for £3m Viking hoard theft 

22.11.2019, Artnet: Metal Detectorists Discovered a $15.4 Million Viking Hoard. Instead of a Reward, They Are Now Going to Jail for Theft 

Manchester Museum Becomes First in U.K. to Repatriate Objects to Indigenous Australians: As more and more museums in Europe and the United States begin to return objects looted from indigenous peoples during moments of colonization, the Manchester Museum in England has become the first one to do so in the United Kingdom.

21.11.2019, Art News: Manchester Museum Becomes First in U.K. to Repatriate Objects to Indigenous Australians 

21.11.2019, The Art Newspaper: ‘A major step forward for Britain’s colonial museums’: Manchester Museum returns objects to Indigenous Australians 

“May Result In Legal Action” ©Tm : The New Banksy?: Banksy’s well-known quip from 2005 that “Copyright is for losers ©TM” is perhaps more widely attributed than many of his artworks.  Disputes with an Italian museum and a UK greetings card company over the past year suggest a shift, however, in his historically laissez-faire attitude to the commercialisation of his work by unauthorised third parties.  Whilst copyright would present a number of practical obstacles for Banksy today, his attempts to rein-in such use via the trade mark regime have provoked vocal accusations of hypocrisy, selling-out and abuse of the trade mark system to protect his anonymity.

21.11.2019, The Institute of Art and Law: “May Result In Legal Action” ©Tm : The New Banksy? 

Christie’s to auction Marina Abramovic Mixed Reality artwork: A sophisticated hologram by the performance artist Marina Abramovic which was originally unveiled at London’s Serpentine Galleries in February will be auctioned at Christie’s for about £600,000 next year. Abramovic’s “The Life” (2019) recreates the artist in Mixed Reality, meaning that she is viewable through specialist eyewear, but — unlike in Virtual Reality — the outside world remains visible.

21.11.2019, The Financial Times: Christie’s to auction Marina Abramovic Mixed Reality artwork 

21.11.2019, Art News: Christie’s to Sell Polarizing Marina Abramović Mixed-Reality Work, Attempting to Set New Precedent for Digital Art at Auction 

21.11.2019, The Art Newspaper: Marina Abramovic’s The Life to become first mixed reality work ever auctioned

Missing Leonardo link: writer discovers that Da Vinci’s anatomy drawings were owned by Charles II: Were the wonderful Leonardo drawings at Windsor once owned by Charles II? Scholars have been intrigued by the idea, but there has been no proof. Their earliest documentation in the Royal Collection dates from 1690, when Constantijn Huygens Jr, secretary to William III, spent a morning leafing through the bound album. So, when I stumbled on a report in an English publication of 1680, it was not so much “eureka!” as “gotcha!”. Here, unmistakably, was an eyewitness account of Leonardo’s drawings being in Charles II’s Whitehall Cabinet.

20.11.2019, The Art Newspaper: Missing Leonardo link: writer discovers that Da Vinci’s anatomy drawings were owned by Charles II 

Sotheby’s Withdraws Banksy Sculpture After Rival Artist Claims It Was Stolen from Him: Earlier last week, British artist Andy Link made headlines for claiming that Banksy’s sculpture The Drinker (2004), which was set to hit the block at Sotheby’s in London, was stolen from him in 2006. Now the auction house has responded—by withdrawing the sculpture from the sale altogether.

19.11.2019, Art News: Sotheby’s Withdraws Banksy Sculpture After Rival Artist Claims It Was Stolen from Him 

19.11.2019, The Art Newspaper: Banksy’s The Drinker withdrawn from Sotheby’s sale after rival artist claims ownership 

19.11.2019, The Guardian: Sotheby’s pulls ‘stolen’ Banksy sculpture The Drinker from auction 

France returns a historic sword to Senegal: French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe handed a historic sword to Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, as a symbolic gesture of France’s commitment to its pledge to return African cultural heritage.

18.112019, The Art Newspaper: France returns a historic sword to Senegal 

22.11.2019, The New York Times: France Vowed to Return Looted Treasures. But Few Are Heading Back. 

At least 120 pieces of papyri appear to be missing from the Egypt Exploration Society collection: In continuing their internal investigation surrounding the illegal sale of papyri from their collection, The Egypt Exploration Society (EES) has issued a statement to members of Society at the Annual Gathering Meeting (AGM) which took place on 16th November 2019.  During that meeting, they indicated that it has determined that at least 120 pieces of papyri from Oxyrhynchus appear to be missing, from the EES collection, almost all from a specific group of folders.  

18.11.2019, ARCA: At least 120 pieces of papyri appear to be missing from the Egypt Exploration Society collection

Carabinieri, EUROPOL , EUROJUST investigation, code named: “Achea”: Last Monday, the Carabinieri Provincial Command of Crotone, a port city in Calabria, southern Italy, and the region’s Public Prosecutor held a press conference to announce the results of a multicountry operation into the illicit trafficking of antiquities which feeds the clandestine market for ancient art.  This was after having carried out an order for the application of precautionary measures, issued by the Judge of the Crotone Court, at the request of the local Public Prosecutor who coordinated the investigations.

18.11.2019, ARCA: Carabinieri, EUROPOL , EUROJUST investigation, code named: “Achea” 

22.11.2019, Art News: Authorities Arrest 23 People in Italy Believed to Have Stolen Precious Italian Artifacts 21.11.2019, Süddeutsche Zeitung: Italiens geraubte Schätze

United States

U.S. Considers Anti−Money Laundering Bill for Antiquities Market, Following EU’s Lead: The proposed legislation, officially called the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019, passed the House of Representatives on October 22 and is now being reviewed by the Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The bill is part of a broader effort to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in the United States and Europe.

22.11.2019, The National Law Review: U.S. Considers Anti−Money Laundering Bill for Antiquities Market, Following EU’s Lead and Other Headlines 

South Korea Gives The Met $800,000 In Support Of Korean Art Programs: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received $800,000 from the Republic of Korea to help fund its programming and scholarship on Korean art and culture over a three-year period, from 2019 to 2022. The donation coincides with the signing of a cultural cooperation agreement between the institution and South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

21.11.2019, Artforum: South Korea Gives The Met $800,000 In Support Of Korean Art Programs

‘A giant wall’: art world feels the pinch of Trump’s 25% import duty on printed works: US President Donald Trump’s 25% import duty on printed matter is beginning to have an impact on the art trade. Dealers at the Paris Photo fair earlier this month (7-10 November) feared that the additional surcharge would be off-putting for US collectors and scrambled to find viable solutions to avoid the penalty tariffs.

20.11.2019, The Art Newspaper: ‘A giant wall’: art world feels the pinch of Trump’s 25% import duty on printed works 

As African Art Thrives, Museums Grapple With Legacy of Colonialism: Museum leaders met in Washington D.C. to talk about what’s next for the continent’s cultural sector.19.11.2019, Smithsonian: As African Art Thrives, Museums Grapple With Legacy of Colonialism

World

Collection Of 354 German Artworks Goes Missing In China: More than $330 million worth of German art has disappeared in China, reports the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. The 354 artworks—including 103 works by Renate Graf, 99 pieces by Anselm Kiefer, and 152 paintings by Markus Lüpertz—belong to Maria Chen-Tu, a German private collector of Taiwanese descent. The arts patron had loaned the collection to the Chinese businessman Ma Yue, whose Hamburg-based company Bell Art Ltd. began insolvency proceedings in January. She has since tried to secure their return, but Ma Yue has allegedly ignored her requests. On July 3, she notified the authorities in Beijing, but she has yet to receive any updates on the case.

20.11.2019, Artforum: Collection Of 354 German Artworks Goes Missing In China

20.11.2019, The Art Newspaper: German art worth €300m disappears in China, media reports 

19.11.2019, Süddeutsche Zeitung: Das 300 Millionen-Euro-Versteckspiel 

Chinese Censors Refuse Permit For Hung Liu Exhibition In Beijing: The UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing was forced to cancel an exhibition of work by the Chinese American artist Hung Liu that was scheduled to open on December 6 after the city’s censors refused to issue the import permits for the works. According to the New York Times, after months of discussions with the local authorities, the centre’s director, Philip Tinari, was only informed this month that the show could not proceed. The abrupt decision to shut down the exhibition comes amid mounting tensions between the United States and China.

20.11.2019, Artforum: Chinese Censors Refuse Permit For Hung Liu Exhibition In Beijing

19.11.2019, Art News: UCCA Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing Cancels Exhibition Amid Fraught Relations Between U.S. and China 

Some building works threaten Turkish antiquities. Others save them: It was 2009 and Antakya, a city in southern Turkey known in antiquity as Antioch, was thriving. Tourists were visiting it in record numbers. Trade with neighbouring Syria was booming. Necmi Asfuroglu, a local businessman, decided to build an upmarket hotel on land that he had owned since the 1990s. The plot was only a few hundred metres from the Grotto of St Peter, one of the world’s oldest churches.14.11.2019, The Economist: Some building works threaten Turkish antiquities. Others save them

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