Saturday 15 June 2013

Aussie Call for Guidelines to Avoid Acquiring Looted Art

Following revelations in 'The Australian' that Canberra's National Gallery of Australia paid $6.9 million for six artefacts, five of which, according to documents, appear to have been looted from historical sites in India:
The director of Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria, Tony Ellwood, has broken ranks and called on his fellow gallery directors to take a fresh look at the guidelines they are required to adhere to when collecting antiquities. [...] Mr Ellwood said he would use his position as chair of the Council of Australian Art Museum Directors "to place this issue on our next agenda".
Michaelal Boland, 'Call for guidelines on looted art', The Australian June 15, 2013. Vignette: Art-gobbling Aussie.

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