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Does China’s Planned Demolition at Xingjiao Bring Coin Repatriation Into Question?

May 9, 2013


Peter Tompa weighs in on the slated destruction of ancient Chinese buildings on his Cultural Property Observer. He points out that China was also involved in the foiled demolition of Mes Aynak in Afrghanistan — a 1.5 square mile Buddhist city which was almost bulldozed in favor of a copper mine. Now, China is going […]

How to Launder Money Through Art and Antiquities

September 12, 2012


With $4.79 billion in sales last year, the Chinese art market has overtaken art markets in the US and UK to become the largest in the world. According to a recent report in Business Insider, however, the booming industry is not for the love of art. Experts believe that the growth of the Chinese art […]

Ancient City Threatened by Brick Recycling

August 29, 2012


Built 2,500 years ago, the ancient city of Pundranager was once a renowned area of learning. Monks from China and Tibet frequented the city where they were trained in ancient Buddhist teachings. Today, the city’s ruins are under what is now the Bangledeshi village of Mahasthangarh. This village is currently listed within Asia’s top 10 […]

Artist Ai Weiwei Brings Attention to China’s Infringement on Personal Liberties

June 22, 2012


Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous dissident artist, has written a personal, poignant article for the Guardian UK, in which he explains: A year ago tomorrow, I was released from more than two months of secret detention. Police told me today that they have lifted my bail conditions. I am happy that the year is up, but […]

Historic Landmarks Razed in Beijing’s Development Frenzy

February 13, 2012


An unremarkable brick and timber home at 24 Beizongbu Hutong in Beijing was demolished last week. Architectural preservations were furious when they found the former home of the legendary architects Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin in ruins last week. Officials stated they intend to build a replica, but preservationists were not satisfied. They reported that of […]

Cultural Property Law on May 17, 2010: Three Picassos, Four Executions, and 14,000 Polaroids

May 17, 2010


As I prepare to go to Italy for the summer to take part in the Association of Research Into Crimes Against Art Masters Program in International Art Crime, updating the blog has fallen a bit by the wayside.  But the cultural property law world has hardly stopped turning.  In the news recently: Following an attempted […]

Cultural Property Law on March 19, 2010: Archive Theft, the Gardner Anniversary, and the Windsor Hotel

March 19, 2010


And today in cultural property law news… Ulrich Boser, author of The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft, comments on the anniversary of the Gardner heist; The New York Times interviewed Phillippe de Montebello, former director of the MET for 30-odd years, now teaching museum culture and history at […]