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Who Owns Antiquity Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient HeritageNo calls for measures to broaden rather than restrict international access to antiuities He advocates restoration of the system under which source countries would share newly discovered artifacts in exchange for archaeological help and he argues that museums should again be allowed reasonable ways to acuire undocumented antiuities Cuno explains how partage broadened access to our ancient heritage and helped create national museums in Cairo Baghdad and Kabul The first extended defense of the side of museums in the struggle over antiuities Who Owns Antiuity? is sure to be as important as it is controversial Wall Street Journ I strongly disagree with this book’s premise but it provides a good overview of cultural heritage law development and I find the author’s self contradictions amusing James Cuno is a divisive figure in the field of cultural heritage repatriation which means returning some art and archaeological objects back to their countries of origin for moral reasons Big encyclopedic museums like the Louvre own objects from around the world Some of these objects were acuired during colonial times In the 20th Century former colonies and indigenous peoples gained independence Over the past few decades some of these nations’ governments have been asking for the return of valuable objects that were taken from their lands under circumstances we would now consider coercive or even criminal James Cuno currently head of the Getty is the voice of the anti repatriation camp This book is Cuno’s argument for why museums should not have to return such objectsBasically he feels the trend is a slippery slope that will empty out Western museums and then he won’t get to look at pretty objects from foreign places any But his logic is faulty and changes from page to page He makes me angry and he makes me laugh in disbelief Regardless of your feelings on the subject though if you can separate his opinion from the historical thread the book is also a very useful narrative of the major cases and trends in cultural heritage law of the last century I first read it when I was searching unsuccessfully for an overview of repatriation trends Since most folks interested in such laws are usually pro repatriation Cuno has actually done his opponents a favor in providing a readable concise book on the subject Get Who Owns Antiuity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage from the Denver Public Library Sarah E
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Ng museum directors vigorously challenges this nationalistic position arguing that it is damaging and often disingenuous Antiuities James Cuno argues are the cultural property of all humankind evidence of the world's ancient past and not that of a particular modern nation They comprise antiuity and antiuity knows no borders Cuno argues that nationalistic retention and reclamation policies impede common access to this common heritage and encourage a dubious and dangerous politicization of antiuities and of culture itself Antiuities need to be protected from looting but also from nationalistic identity politics To do this Cu My two main issues with this book are Although I at least at some level think it's worthwhile for art to be all around the world for the benefit of cultural exchange I don't think Cuno provides a good argument for it To uote one previous review what a prick The writing uite honestly was not engaging and polishedThe political view of the reasons for collecting antiuities is very interesting but as I said I don't think it should be the main issue Of course we shouldn't support thievery and looting but should the reasons for that really be political? What about a art for art's sake argument with people viewing and studying for their pleasure and overall edification?
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epub á Who Owns Antiquity Paperback ò reflectionslisburnltd ✓ Whether antiuities should be returned to the countries where they were found is one of the most urgent and controversial issues in the art world today and it has pitted museums private collectors and dealers against source countries archaeologistsWhether antiuities should be returned to the countries where they were found is one of the most urgent and controversial issues in the art world today and it has pitted museums private collectors and dealers against source countries archaeologists and academics Maintaining that the acuisition of undocumented antiuities by museums encourages the looting of archaeological sites countries such as Italy Greece Egypt Turkey and China have claimed ancient artifacts as state property called for their return from museums around the world and passed laws against their future export But in Who Owns Antiuity? one of the world's leadi While I didn't agree with every point Cuno made I think Who Owns Antiuity? makes some important points about the weaknesses of international law regarding cultural heritage and some of the messy problems museums governments and archeologists must tackle I'm not clear why so many people seem to have found it difficult to read I found it straightforward if a tad repetitive at times and highly recommend it as an introduction to the subject