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Who does history belong to?

Who does history belong to?

art, culture, Exhibition, Lifestyle, World
The Italian Supreme Court has ruled that the J. Paul Getty Museum must return a 2,000 year old statue originally found off the coast of Italy — potentially setting a precedent around historical artefacts and who they belong to. In 1977, a statue named Victorious Youth was bought by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for 4 million USD (£3.1m). But over 40 years after this statue made its way to the United States, Italy’s supreme court is demanding its return. Victorious Youth was originally found off the coast of Pesaro by Italian fishermen. Since its discovery in 1964, it was sold several times before it arrived in the Getty museum. But the Italian supreme court claims that the statue was smuggled out of the country and therefore illegally procured by the Getty Museum. However,
Why the British Museum is anything but British

Why the British Museum is anything but British

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Imagine someone walking into your house, studio or simply, your room. That someone believes it is okay to take some of your belongings and keep them around 5000 km away from you. Now let’s reflect. The British Museum claims to preserve a collection of around 8 million objects maintaining human history, culture and art ageing almost 2 million years. What they don’t claim is the right to treasure ownership. If it has not come to your attention yet, the museum stores world treasures previously taken under different circumstances from their rightful creators, owners and lands. The British Museum describes itself to be a “treasure trove” for objects that don’t even belong in Britain. Here is a quick tour on how the British Museum is anything but British:      
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