ICOMOS: Krimgoud, Kunstroof & Witwassen in de Erfgoedwereld, 11 mei 19.30h.

Gepubliceerd op: 9 mei 2022

Kunstroof is van alle tijden gebeurt overal. Het bewijs van rechtmatig eigenaarschap en acties voor restitutie kennen een moeizame weg. Recent trekken de illegale handel in gestolen kunstobjecten en witwaspraktijken veel aandacht. Zo ook  een aantal opmerkelijke cases, zoals de zaak rond het Goud van de Krim, tentoongesteld in het Allard Pierson Museum in 2014. Het geschil is nog altijd niet opgelost.

De ICOMOS Lezingencommissie nodigt uit voor een online Livecast op woensdag 11 mei vanaf 19.30 uur:

Dear colleagues and friends, 

Matters surrounding the legality of ownership and the illicit trade of cultural goods are an increasingly pressing issue. It is often claimed that somewhere around the world, a cultural object is being looted, stolen from a museum, illegally excavated, or smuggled across a border every single day. EU Member States are both countries of source and of transit, but they can also be counted among the key destinations for cultural objects trafficked from areas all over the globe.In recent years the efforts to combat the illegal trade of cultural goods, as well as cases of restitution, have gained more attention in both (international) policy development and media outings. A recent example is the case of last December’s landmark restitution of over 200 looted antiquities from the U.S. to Italy, which was extensively commented on by the (inter-)national press. The development of INTERPOL’s ID-Art mobile app is another novel way the international community is facilitating this fight. Tapping directly into these actualities, the next online ICOMOS lecture on Wednesday, May 11th will focus on questions of legality, ownership and restitution. Two guest speakers, Evelien Campfens and Donna Yates, will approach the matter from the perspective of their own fields of expertise: international law and criminology.You can join the lecture by copy-pasting the link below or clicking on the ‘JOIN ZOOM MEETING’ button on May 11th, from 19.15 on and entering the meeting password ICOMOSNL11. If you’d still like a separate meeting link in your inbox, let us know by emailing us at lezingen@icomos.nl We hope you will join us! 
Kind regards,
The ICOMOS Netherlands Lecture Committee:
Ankie Petersen, Ardjuna Candotti, Daan Lavies, Jean-Paul Corten, Maurits van Putten, Remco Vermeulen and Sofia Lovegrove

Date: Wednesday 11 May 2022
Time: 7.30 PM – 9.00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89657876341?pwd=b2p6d0xuU2Q4MzczRGhuV1JxamQrUT09
Meeting ID: 896 5787 6341
Passcode: ICOMOSNL11


19:30    Welcome and introduction: Ankie Petersen
19:35    Evelien Campfens – Who should own the past?

19:55    Short Q&A

20:05    Break

20:15    Donna Yates – What Museums Should Know About the Laundering of Illicit Antiquities

20:35    Q&A and Panel discussion 
21:00    End

About the lectures:

Evelien Campfens – Who should own the past?
Cultural objects have had a protected status since the early days of international law and the legal framework that ensures this protection is expanding. Nevertheless, when it comes to claims by the original owners to their lost artefacts the situation is less straightforward. By discussing two recent Dutch cases – one concerning Crimean archaeological finds and one concerning an antique Chinese Buddha statue – Evelien will sketch the legal context for such claims. If we truly wish to protect cultural heritage in situ, she pleads, international regulations in this field should be taken more seriously in market countries.

Donna Yates: What Museums Should Know About the Laundering of Illicit Antiquities
The illicit antiquities trade is a criminal industry that spans the globe, but its true nature remains complex and unknown. Increasingly, museums are confronted with claims of ownership and repatriation cases. In order to better deal with these questions, Museums have a task in better comprehending this looted-to-legitimate pathway of cultural heritage. In this talk, Donna highlights the different aspects of illicit antiquities laundering by tracing the journey of antiquities from Cambodia, through the market, to overseas collections. 


Evelien Campfens
Dr. Evelien Campfens 

Dr. Evelien Campfens is a lawyer specialized in international cultural heritage law. Currently she is post-doc fellow at the Museums, Collections and Society group of Leiden University and, besides, acts as a consultant on matters concerning art and cultural heritage law. Before joining Leiden University in 2016, she was general secretary to the Dutch Restitutions Committee for Nazi looted from its establishment in 2002 until 2015. She is also coordinator of the Heritage Under Threat group of the LED Centre for Global Heritage and Development; member of the Committee on Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance of the International Law Association; and member of the Ethics Committee of the Dutch Museum Association (Ethische Codecommissie). Evelien lectures and publishes regularly, most recently  ‘Cross-border Claims to Cultural Objects. Property or heritage?’ ( Eleven Publishers, the Hague, Nov. 2021).

Donna Yates

Dr. Donna Yates

Dr Donna Yates is an Associate Professor in the department of Criminal Law and Criminology at Maastricht University. Her research is focused on the transnational illicit trade in cultural objects, art and heritage crime, and white collar crime. Yates has previously held a Leverhulme Fellowship and a Core Fulbright Award to study the on-the-ground effects of high-level cultural policy in Latin America and her current work involves security for and protection of sacred art in Latin America and South Asia. Her research and other open research materials can be found on her ever-growing collection of websites, including traffickingculture.organonymousswisscollector.comnews.culturecrime.org, and stolengods.org.

2014-08-21 16:49:29 AMSTERDAM – De Krim-collectie bestaande uit onder meer een gouden zwaardschede, een pronkhelm en talloze juwelen in het Allard Pierson Museum. Rusland heeft advocaten ingehuurd om de collectie aan Rusland te geven. De kostbare voorwerpen van de tentoonstelling zijn uitgeleend door musea op de Krim. Door de Russische inlijving van dat Oekraïense schiereiland is getouwtrek ontstaan over de collectie. ANP BART MAAT