PUBLIC LECTURE: Ethics and Law of Collecting Art
A free public lecture by Professor Lyndel V. Prott, Honorary Professor, University of Queensland.
Appreciation, accumulation, devastation? The love of beauty has inspired many great collections of works of art.
Source countries are today increasingly articulate about the damage inflicted on their cultural heritage by the clandestine excavation of their antiquities and the theft of their art works from museums, traditional communities and places of worship. These activities, they say, are inspired by the demand of collectors in wealthy countries. How far are these complaints justified? Is the damage as serious as they claim? What responsibility do collectors, including museums, have to prevent their interest in other cultures damaging the continuance of artistic traditions in those cultures and the exploration of ancient cultures in those lands?
This presentation will discuss current international developments in the efforts to hinder damage to other cultures from the high demand for such objects and to facilitate the return of some of the objects felt to be most painfully lost to their countries of origin.
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