Posts Tagged ‘Kulturraub’

Großbritannien / Ägypten: Schwarzer Tag

Freitag, Juli 11th, 2014

“Egyptian statue Sekhemka sells for nearly £16m

A 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue expected to raise about £6m has sold for £15.76m at Christie's of London.

10 July 2014 Last updated at 19:43 GMT

Northampton Borough Council auctioned the Sekhemka limestone statue to help fund a £14m extension to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

However, Arts Council England had warned the council its museum could lose its accreditation status.

The Egyptian ambassador to Britain said the council should have handed the statue back if it did not want it.

Sekhemka statue

The limestone statue is 30in (76cm) high and it was "gifted" to Northampton in 1880

Sekhemka statue

The statue of Sekhemka – who was a royal chief, judge and administrator – shows him reading a scroll

His Excellency Ahsraf Elkholy

His Excellency Ahsraf Elkholy, the Egyptian Ambassador, condemned the sale

Before the sale, His Excellency Ahsraf Elkholy, the Egyptian Ambassador, condemned the sale as an "an abuse to the Egyptian archaeology and the cultural property".

He said: "Our objection starts from this basic principle: how can a museum sell a piece in its collection when it should be on display to the public?"

The ambassador said: "We are concerned this piece may be moved into a private collection.

‘Darkest cultural day’

"A museum should not be a store. Sekhemka belongs to Egypt and if Northampton Borough Council does not want it then it must be given back.

"It's not ethical that it will be sold for profit and also not acceptable. The council should have consulted with the Egyptian government."

Christie's said it would reveal details of the new owner later.

Protesters gathered outside Christie's before the sale said they wanted the statue to be returned to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

Sue Edwards, from the Save Sekhemka Action Group, who travelled from Northampton to the auction, said: "This is the darkest cultural day in the town's history.

"The local authority has made a huge mistake but we will continue our fight to save Sekhemka."

Loss of Arts Council England accreditation would make the museum ineligible for a range of future grants and funding, however the leader of the council David Mackintosh said he did not see why this should happen.

Northampton Museum funding:

  • £900,000 annual budget, according to Northampton Borough Council
  • £166,000 granted in 2012 by Arts Council England for two projects and £69,000 granted in 2014 to digitise the museum's collection of 10,000 shoes online
  • £615,000 Heritage Lottery Fund total grants for various projects

He said that having kept Arts Council England "informed of our actions and plans… we see no reason why we should not retain our accredited status".

The statue has not been on display for four years, and no-one had asked to see it in that time, he said.

"It's been in our ownership for over 100 years and it's never really been the centrepiece of our collection," he told BBC Look East.

"We want to expand our museum and to do that we need to raise the money."


(Quelle: BBC News.)

BRD / Ägypten: Thema Nofretete wird ausgeklammert

Sonntag, Mai 23rd, 2010

“Nefertiti won’t come between us Egypt: Germany

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle assured Egypt on Saturday that a dispute over the ownership of a 3,400 year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti will not damage ties between the two countries.

Egypt and Germany have been at loggerheads over who legally owns the bust of the ancient beauty that is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin.

‘I understand very well that this is a sensitive topic in Egypt. The statue was a legitimate acquisition of the Prussian sate,’ Westerwelle a told news conference in Cairo.

The ancient artifact was at risk of being damaged even if it was lent to Egypt, according to the German minister.

‘Experts say it should not be moved due to possible breakage and for everyone’s benefit, it is better not to subject it to damage,’ Westerwelle said.

‘But even this great treasure like the bust of Nefertiti will not damage relations between our two countries,’ he concluded.

For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said Cairo would pursue discussions on the matter ‘with our German friends.’

The statue was discovered in 1912 in southern Egypt by German Egyptologist Ludwig Borchardt.

Egypt first requested the statue’s return in 1930 but successive German governments have refused.

Zahi Hawass, who heads Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, says Nefertiti was sneaked out of Egypt under a coating of clay and shipped to Germany.”

(Quelle: Al-Arabia.)

“Kulturelle Säuberung im Irak” – Eine Rezension

Mittwoch, April 28th, 2010

Von Joachim Guilliard

“Viele westliche Kommentatoren reagierten mit großer Begeisterung auf die jüngste Parlamentswahl im Irak. Allein aufgrund der gemeldeten akzeptablen Wahlbeteiligung von 62 Prozent sahen sie die Demokratie im Irak gefestigt und das Land auf einem gutem Weg. Manche, wie Jan Ross in der Zeit, sehen nun sogar George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Tony Blair und die anderen Drahtzieher des Krieges nachträglich im Recht. Eine solche zynische Sicht ist nur möglich, wenn man die Realität – die Zerstörungen des Krieges, den Charakter des von den USA geschaffenen Regimes, die nach wie vor katastrophalen Lebensbedingungen – einfach ignoriert.

Mit einem der vielen finsteren Kapitel der Besatzung, über das kaum berichtet wurde, befaßt sich ein Anfang des Jahres erschienenes Buch: mit der »kulturellen Säuberung« des Irak. Die Bilder der Plünderungen und Zerstörungen von Museen, Bibliotheken und anderen kulturellen oder wissenschaftlichen Einrichtungen unmittelbar nach dem Einmarsch der US-geführten Invasionstruppen gingen noch um die Welt. Während das Ölministerium streng bewacht wurde, weigerte sich die US-Armee, bedeutende kulturelle Einrichtungen wie das Antikenmuseum und die (…).”


(Quelle: Ossietzky.)


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