Sunday 20 November 2011

Rich US Collector Pair Patronise Loot-Retaining Missouri Museum

"The Saint Louis Art Museum announces that Mark Weil and Phoebe Dent Weil have pledged to the Museum their collection of European art. Collected over the past 25 years, this generous promised gift of paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints will enhance the experience of generations of Museum visitors. The nearly 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints are predominantly from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands and represent a variety of media. Some particularly noteworthy works are [yawn...] ...[...] a legacy of philanthropic giving which has built the Saint Louis Art Museum over 132 years into the internationally-recognized institution it is today". Phoebe Dent is an art conservator, Mark Weil is an art historian, former director of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. I was more interested in the comment of Ton Cremers:
Most interesting. This museum is NOT a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and still refusing to return a stolen Egyptian mask (the Ka Nefer Nefer mask that was stolen from a warehouse in Saqqara, Egypt). The Saint Louis Art museum ignores the ICOM code of ethics. Not exactly the kind of museum clever collectors would offer their collection.
Photomontage, the donors Mark and Phoebe Dent Weil.

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