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Let the British Museum come here and make the comparison
between this museum of light
and the murky, if I may say, prison of the British Museum
where the Parthenon Marbles are held as trophies

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos

On Monday, April 15th, the International Conference and Workshop titled “Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures” is bringing up front the reunification. The activity is being held in the auditorium of the Acropolis Museum and is co-organised by the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Acropolis Museum, and the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos declaring the opening, said:
With feelings of sincere emotion and great honour, I declare the beginning of this so important international conference, which has as its theme the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures. My feelings are justified by the fact that the international seminar is part of a great and just struggle with a global dimension, namely the struggle for the restoration of what is undoubtedly a most emblematic World Heritage Monument, the Parthenon. And this struggle concerns not only Greece and its historical and cultural heritage, but also culture in general, given that its result will be a real confirmation of the notion of culture as a supreme achievement of human intellect.

First and foremost, it is extremely symbolic and essential that the current International Conference is being held in this Museum, which was inaugurated almost exactly 10 years ago on June 20, 2009… A museum that, as the international community knows, has been mainly constructed in order to host the Parthenon Sculptures after their “repatriation” and invalidate the arguments of those who claimed that Greece does not have a suitable place to host them.”

It is universally acknowledged that these Sculptures belong rightfully and culturally to the Parthenon and its Monuments. This is because without these Sculptures of the Parthenon, deeply hurt by an act of vandalism and concealed for over of two centuries under a guise of supposed ‘love of antiquity’, which directly harms World Cultural Heritage, cannot symbolise and, at the same time, emanate to humankind its eternal and unique cultural.

Pavlopoulos underlined that
the struggle for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures has been long and uninterrupted.”

The conclusions of the Conference and Workshop will be announced at the end of the event by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki.

Related: There was NO firman

Source: Αθηναϊκό – Μακεδονικό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων

 

The Central Archaeological Council (CAC) has recalled the permit for the 9-story building that hides the view of the Acropolis, after the outbursts of the citizens.
Initially, the CAC had given permission for the erection of the building back in September 2018. However, according to the suggestion of the Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities Directorate, it was found that the building (about 32 m high) would cause visual obstruction to the Acropolis monuments, and would affects the surrounding environment.

The CAC decision is somewhat delayed since the skeleton of the building has already been erected! Now we will see what measures will be taken for the  demolition of  the building.

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To Κεντρικό Αρχαιολογικό Συμβούλιο (ΚΑΣ) ανακάλεσε την άδεια του 9ώροφου κτιρίου που κρύβει την Ακρόπολη, μετά από τις κατακραυγές του κόσμου.
Αρχικώς, το ΚΑΣ είχε δώσει την άδεια ανέγερσης τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2018, αλλά σύμφωνα με την εισήγηση της διεύθυνσης των Προϊστορικών και Κλασικών Αρχαιοτήτων, διαπιστώθηκε ότι το κτίριο (ύψους περίπου 32 μ.), θα προκαλέσει οπτική βλάβη στα μνημεία της Ακρόπολης, και θα θίγει το γύρω περιβάλλον.

Η απόφαση του ΚΑΣ είναι κάπως καθυστερημένη αφού ο σκελετός του κτιρίου έχει ήδη ανεγερθεί! Τώρα θα δούμε τι μέτρα θα παρθούν για το γκρέμισμα του του κτιρίου.

 “The UK withdrawal from Unesco would be historical and cultural vandalism. The international development secretary Penny Mordaunt is shamefully following the US down a road to isolationism” [The Guardian]

 About the US withdrawal, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said: “At the time when conflicts continue to tear apart societies across the world, it is deeply regrettable for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations agency promoting education for peace and protecting culture under attack. This is a loss to the United Nations family. This is a loss for multilateralism.” [ full statement. ]

Why the US withdrawal from UNESCO is a step backwards for global cultural cooperation – [The Conversation]

This UK action is of great significance as “it was British politicians such as Rab Butler who helped develop the concept of Unesco, a conference in London in 1945 that framed its constitution, a British scientist who became its first director-general, and a Labour prime minister – Clement Attlee – who came up with the words that summed up its mission. “Since wars begin in the minds of men,” he wrote in the preamble to the new agency’s constitution, “it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed.” That was the thinking of a generation shattered by the second world war, desperate to create the global institutions that would not just prevent any repeat but for ever stop the nationalist forces of hatred, division and prejudice from rising again.” [ Emily Thornberry – The Guardian]
It should be noted, The Acropolis and its masterpieces including the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena Nike, etc. is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

 

 

 


 

These actions are nothing less but Looting of artifacts, and the ones who removing them from their place of origins are thieves.

 “It’s a matter of principle, similar to the Elgin Marbles,” Fareed Yasseen, Iraq’s ambassador to the United States, tells NPR.

“The (Parthenon) Elgin Marbles are marble sculptures that stood in the Acropolis of Athens in ancient Greece. They were removed and shipped to Britain in the early 1800s, while Greece was part of the Ottoman Empire.”

And the “excuse” of the thieves is:

“The provenance of the Assyrian relief provides a glimpse into the freewheeling world of archaeology in the 19th century, when English archaeologist Austen Henry Layard was given permission by the Ottoman sultan to excavate Nimrud and ship off whatever he found to patrons and friends.”

All these sound very familiar!

See full article published by the National Public Radio (NPR) Record-Setting Sale Of An Ancient Assyrian Stone Relief Sparks Looting Fears In Iraq


 

Easter Islanders Ask British Museum to Return Sacred Statue, Offering Replica in Return

The Rapa Nui community has offered a basalt replica of the eight-foot, four-ton sculpture called Hoa Hakananai’a, which was stolen in 1868.

 “The eight-foot-tall Moai sculpture at the British Museum is called Hoa Hakananai’a, which translates to “the stolen or hidden friend.” This name is fitting, since the four-ton statue was stolen from the island in 1868 by Royal Navy captain Richard Powell, and presented as a gift to Queen Victoria. She donated it to the national museum in London in 1869.”

“As reported by Agence France-Presse, Easter Island’s Ma’u Henna community, with support from the Chilean government, has offered to swap out the original piece at the British Museum for a replica…”

It is time for the British Museum to act in good faith, recognize the illegal acquisitions of artifacts and return them to their origins.

See full articles:  The GuardianArtDaily.org | Hyperallergic art forum |  PDF.

Sources: Above links and article by: Sarah Rose Sharp