Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Chorros de Mierda!

Reading the Guardian today (like every morning) came upon this article:

The world's richest art institution knowingly bought scores of archeological treasures looted from Italy, it has been alleged.
Despite being warned as far back as 1985 that dealers were selling stolen goods, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles continued to buy them. The practice continued for so long that, according to the museum's internal review, almost half the masterpieces in its antiquities collection are likely to have been acquired illegally.
Getty officials spent $10.2m (£5.7m) in 1985 to acquire three objects taken from ruins near Naples, despite being warned that the purchase was in clear defiance of Italy's "cultural patrimony" laws, which state that all artifacts discovered after 1902 are government property;
That the museum purchased an ancient urn for $42,000 despite being told that the Italian police were looking for it;
That it spent $18m in 1988 on a statue of Aphrodite dating back to 400BC which was probably the centerpiece of a Greek temple in southern Italy, even though officials were suspicious of the dealer's explanation about where it came from.

Bloody Bastards!! And I bet that nothing will happen to them like usual. Like the time two US pilots killed a dozen people while trying to fly their jet plane beneath the cable of ski lift because of a bet, the time the two Texan girls got drunk and set on fire a Roman Hotel (killing a few) and the last episode when US soldiers tried to murder our recently released hostage because she looked suspiciously like a Muslim!


Blogger Sheila said...

From what I recall, Egypt was making a big push to get back many of their artifacts that were looted over the years. Most countries (I am sure I do not need to name names) are not exactly being co-operative in helping them acquire this items.

8:07 pm  
Blogger Wonko the Sad Clown said...

I would like to note that recently Italy at least gave back a Obelisk which Mussolini had stolen in Ethiopia. Small step but at least it is something..

2:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to quibble, but I hardly think that a multi-billion dollar endowed institution like the Getty compares to dumbshit average Americans. If you want to get all hot and bothered about the rape and pillage in the art world, check out the Elgin Marbles in London. It's pretty much a rich man's game. But I don't follow your condemnation of the idiot pilots and stupid tourists. Yeah, they should've paid more for their actions, but no, they are not on par with the Getty.
Also, it might be worthwhile to look into the collections of both the Louvre and the Hermitage- betcha you would find some really interesting provenance. But they're not American. So they don't fit your argument.
Neither does that American woman (can't recall her name) who is serving life in a Peruvian prison. Seems to me she got quite the punishment.

10:44 pm  

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