BITESIZE: Looting ancient world artefacts: art trafficking, museums and the law

The ‘Euphronios Krater’ (Greek, c. 515 BC), signed by Euxitheos, potter, and Euphronios, painter. Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; now on display at the Archaeological Museum of Cerveteri, near Rome, Italy. Reproduced under the Creative Commons license.


  • The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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In this talk, Dr Jenny Graham will introduce the international, illicit trade in art and archaeological objects from Egypt, Greece and Italy, from the 1970s to the present. Responding to Maeve Brennan’s new film commission, An Excavation (2022), on show in the Levinsky Gallery as part of British Art Show 9, Jenny will contextualise Maeve’s subject – a series of classical burial vases from the 4th century BC uncovered in clandestine storage at Geneva in 2014 – in a wider history of tomb raiding, antiquities theft and forensic investigation.  With a particular focus on how global museums have negotiated the news that treasured objects they house are stolen property, the talk will consider a number of important case studies, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the repatriation to Italy in 2008 of the ‘Euphronios Krater,’ a precious Greek terracotta painted vase; and the Geneva Freeport haul that informs Maeve’s film.
Date: Wednesday 2 November 2022
Time: 13:00 – 13:45
Venue:
The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: Free admission, booking essential
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British Art Show 9

8 October 2022 – 23 December 2022
Held every five years to showcase work of British artists who have made a significant contribution to international contemporary art, the ninth British Art Show (BAS9) returns to Plymouth for a second time.
This four venue, city-wide exhibition, welcomes 37 artists in total, including Abigail Reynolds, Cooking Sections and GAIKA who will show in The Levinksy Gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fascinating programme of films, bite size gallery insights and evening talks.

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