Dienstag, 23.10.2018 11:16 Uhr

Illicit trafficking and sale of cultural artefacts

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Wien/Rome, 31.05.2018, 15:10 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 4454x gelesen

Wien/Rome [ENA] According to INTERPOL data, the illicit trafficking and sale of cultural artefacts in the world amounts to six billion dollars a years. Part of the profits is employed to fund terror activities. Increasing public attention and increasing cooperation between Police Forces to fight the illicit trafficking of cultural heritage, which has been going on forever in the Mediterranean, is one of the priorities of the Italian

2018 OSCE Chairmanship. Organized under the auspices of the Italian 2018 Chairmanship of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and with the contribution of the Italian Carabinieri, the exhibition entitled "Recovered Treasures", opened on 30 May at Vienna's Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum). The exhibition will remain open to the public until 8 July and is dedicated to the work carried out by the Italian Carabinieri Department for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, and the role played by diplomacy in countering the illicit trafficking of cultural heritage.

The exhibition includes twenty-one artifacts which were either stolen or illegally excavated before being identified and recovered by the Carabinieri through international judicial investigations and police cooperation efforts. The exhibition explains also the investigative work carried out by the Carabinieri and the diplomatic efforts by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism, that made it possible to recover cultural property stolen by organized crime or sold to illicit buyers.

From 30 May until 8 July, 2018, this selection of archaeological artefacts is displayed in the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The exposition includes, for example, the only free-standing sculpture of the Capitoline deities Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, a funerary relief from Palmyra and two marble portrait heads stolen from an Italian museum during WWII and eventually found in the United States and repatriated in 2017. During the first and final week of the exhibition two Carabinieri will be at the Museum to provide visitors with information on their work to combat the illicit trafficking in cultural property and guide them through the exhibition.

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