|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Monday, October 24, 2016
|Egyptian Government Officially Asks Berlin to Return 3,300-Year-Old Bust of Queen Nefertiti |
File photo of the statue of Queen Nefertiti (Nofretete) is pictured during a press preview at the 'Neues Museum' (New Museum) building in Berlin October 15, 2009. Egypt has formally requested January 24, 2011, the return of the famous 3,400-year-old bust of Nerertiti, which is part of a permanent Egyptian exhibition on display at the New Museum in Berlin. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch.
By: Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press
CAIRO (AP).- Egypt's top archaeologist has formally requested the return of the 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti that has been in a Berlin museum for decades, the latest move in his eight-year-old campaign to bring home ancient artifacts spirited out of the country during colonial times.
The bust dates back to the time of the 14th century B.C. queen and tops Egypt's wish list of artifacts that Zahi Hawass wants to see back home. The bust is currently at Berlin's Neues Museum.
"I am doing something that I believe in and that should have been done a 100 years ago," Hawass told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "My campaign has united those who have been pillaged against the pillagers. It's the world's greatest campaign of its kind and has inspired many nations to follow suit."
Hawass, whose Indiana Jones hat has made him an instantly recognizable world figure, said his campaign has returned some 5,000 artifacts to Egypt from museums and private collections the world over since its launch in 2002.
His request for the Nefertiti bust, he added, was officially made after the approval of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Culture Minister Farouq Hosny.
Germany has declined past Egyptian requests for the bust's return, saying it was in Germany legally and is too fragile to move. But Egypt contends it was taken out with fraudulent documents in 1913.
On Monday, Germany said the latest Egyptian request did not change anything and that Cairo needed to use different channels if it wanted to make a formal request.
"This is not an official request for (her) return by the Egyptian state to Germany," Foreign Ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke told reporters. "Such a request for her return would have to be directed from government to government, and that is not the case."
That view was echoed by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which oversees museums in Berlin. It pointed out that the letter was not signed by Nazif.
The foundation's "position regarding a return of the bust of Nefertiti is unchanged," its president, Hermann Parzinger, said in a statement. "She is and remains Egypt's best ambassador in Berlin."
The foundation reiterated its insistence that Nefertiti was acquired legitimately.
Hawass, however, disputed the German claim. He said a letter was sent to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to be conveyed to its German counterpart and a copy of the same letter was sent to the German ambassador in Cairo and the Prussian Foundation.
"This is not Zahi Hawass acting on his own," he said.
A statement by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, which is led by Hawass, said Egypt first requested the return of the Nefertiti bust shortly after the end of World War II, when it addressed the Allied powers occupying Germany at the time. Egypt followed up in 1947, this time writing to the U.S. government. It was recommended that the request be made when a "competent" German government was re-established.
Egypt, added the statement, recognized and appreciated the care accorded by Germany to the painted limestone bust of the famous ancient Egyptian queen, but added:
"Egypt is confident that the German authorities will assist in facilitating its return. The government and people of Egypt are eager that this unique treasure be returned to the possession of its rightful owners, the Egyptian people." If returned, Hawass said, the bust will be exhibited at a new museum south of Cairo.
"They don't like me for making these requests," said Hawass. "But I don't care; I am doing this for Egypt."
Associated Press writer Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
January 24, 2011
Mary McCartney Opens First Solo Show in Germany at Contributed, Studio for the Arts
First Show, Since 2005, of Recent Work by Ellen Gallagher at Gagosian in New York
Egyptian Government Officially Asks Berlin to Return 3,300-Year-Old Bust of Queen Nefertiti
Comfortably Above Low Estimate, Sotheby's Americana Week Brings $14.4 Million
Flash, Superman, Green Lantern from $1 Million+ Collection Headline Huge Comics Event at Heritage Auctions
Van Gogh, Other Artistic Masterpieces on Display at Radford University Art Museum
Two California Groups Want Historic Decommissioned Navy Ship as a Tourist Attraction
Sotheby's Announces the Dedicated Auction of What Modern Is: The Collection of Mark McDonald
Santa Monica Museum of Art Presents First Museum Exhibition by Daniel Cummings
Kunsthalle Basel Presents First Major Solo Exhibition in Switzerland of Works by Artist Bettina Pousttchi
Art Lovers Queue through Night for Glimpse of Monet at the Grand Palais in Paris
Landmark Exhibition of John Marin's Revolutionary Watercolors in Major Art Institute Exhibition
Clark Art Institute Investigates European Portraiture in the Exhibition Eye to Eye
Images Inspired by Ed Ruscha's Admitted Love of Driving at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
New Works by Toronto-Based Artist Ray Caesar at Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Nordic Water Tales by Susanna Majuri at Galerie Adler
Solo Exhibition of Sculptures, Paintings and Drawings by Jun Kaneko Opens in Cincinnati
International Center of Photography Opens Wang Qingsong: When Worlds Collide
Drawings and Photographs from the Collection of Designer Kasper at the Morgan Library
Vlatka Horvat Opens the Spring Season at Bergen Kunsthall with Major Installation
Exhibition by William Eggleston Transforms Ordinary Moments into Indelible Images
Malmo-Based Artist Christian Andersson Presents His Largest Show Ever at Moderna Museet
Retrospective of 40 Years of Richard Deacon's Work Opens at the Sprengel Museum
New York City Museum and Visitor Center to Display Brooklyn Navy Yard's 200-Year History
Art Dubai Projects to Feature New Work by More than 75 Artists in 2011 Edition
Audio-Visual Exploration of Myth and Reality in Tijuana Subject of New Exhibition
Ida Kay Greathouse, Director Emerita of the Frye Art Museum, Dies
Conquer the Tower at Windsor Castle: A New Tour Launches this Summer
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- New light shines on Sandro Botticelli masterpieces at Florence's Uffizi Gallery
2.- Cincinnati Art Museum's Van Gogh exhibition brings guests Into the Undergrowth
3.- Degas retrospective debuts in the U.S. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
4.- Special exhibition features large-scale photography by Richard Mosse & Edward Burtynsky
5.- Nobel panel gives up knockin' on Dylan's door
6.- An unprecedented, international-loan exhibition of works by Claude Monet is at the Kimbell Art Museum this fall
7.- Exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek explores Rousseau's landscapes
8.- Yoko Ono unveils her first permanent US art installation
9.- ArtReview's annual Power 100 names Hans Ulrich Obrist as the artworld's most powerful figure
10.- British artist David Hockney makes a splash at Frankfurt fair with 2,000-euro book
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.