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GERMANY-GREECE | DOCUMENTA 14, 2017 KASSEL-ATHENS

April Maj Juni | 2017 |


Marta Minujín’s The Parthenon of Books is taking shape in Kassel

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DOCUMENTA 14 goes ATHENS >>

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GREECE | KEEP TALKING GREECE

April 4 | 2017 |


Parthenon Marbles part of Brexit Deal for major concessions

The Parthenon Marbles could be apart of the Brexit deal between UK and the European Union. In the mind of Geoffrey Robertson, the Marbles “are, of course, priceless, and a UK offer to return them should be accepted in return for major concessions.” Geoffrey who? Geoffrey Robertson is head of the UK law firm Head of Doughty Street Chambers Greece briefly had hired to claim the Parthenon Marbles back.


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SCHWEIZ | FACEBOOK

Jan | 2017 |


Comité Suisse pour le Retour des Marbres du Parthénon
The Swiss Committée for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles has produced a video about The Parhenon Marbles


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GREECE | ANCIENT ORIGINS

Nov 28 | 2016 |


Archaeologists May Have Identified 2nd Tomb at World-Famous Amphipolis Site

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GREECE | FACEBOOK

Nov 18 | 2016 |


American president BARAK OBAMA visits the Acropolis while in Greece

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GREAT BRITAIN | Hightile Books Limited

Nov 15 | 2016 |


NEW BOOK:

'The Mortgage on the Elgin Marbles' by O.M. Lewis.
This book will be of interest to everyone calling for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

'The Parthenon Sculptures (Return to Greece) Bill' is before The House of Commons. The second reading is on the 20 January 2017 (see www.parliament.uk/business/bills-and-legislation).
'The Mortgage on the Elgin Marbles' fundamentally changes the 200 year Parthenon Sculptures debate.

The book is available as an eBook on Amazon and in paperback on order from Amazon and shortly from Waterstones in the UK.

'The Mortgage on the Elgin Marbles' O.M. Lewis (London: Hightile Books Limited, 2016) - FROM THE BACK COVER:

Lord Elgin did not pay anything for the Elgin Marbles. Neither did he pay for the hundreds of workmen and other costs to remove the sculptures from the Parthenon. The British government provided the money that Elgin used to obtain the marbles. The Admiralty transported them to England in H.M. Ships without charge.
The government then seized the Elgin Marbles for a debt due to the Crown by Elgin. When Elgin sold the marbles to the British Museum in 1816 they were subject to a mortgage. The mortgage, dated 4 December 1815, has gone under the radar in the two hundred-year Elgin Marbles debate.

On the bicentenary of the British Museum's acquisition of the Elgin Marbles, 'The Mortgage on the Elgin Marbles' is a disturbing expose that rocks the marbles. The book fundamentally changes the 200 year Elgin Marbles debate.

* "... we should not place in our museum a monument of our disgrace" Hugh Hammersley, House of Commons Elgin Marbles debate, 7 June 1816.

* O.M. Lewis was a partner with a London law firm for twenty-five years. He is the author of 'China's Art for Arms: Finding the Missing Imperial Treasures' (2016).




SWITZERLAND | SWISS COMMITTEE for the RETURN of the PARTHENON MARBLES

Sept 15 | 2016 |


Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles: breaking the deadlock?

15 September at 19:00–21:00 Université de Genève – Uni Bastions

As part of the British Parliament’s vote bicentennial deciding to entrust the Parthenon Marbles in the British Museum, the Swiss Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles is pleased to invite you to the conference at the Law Centre of the art of the University of Geneva and the European Centre culture: “The reunification of the Parthenon marbles and the role of cultural diplomacy in breaking the deadlock – Will we have to wait another 200 years?” by Dr. Tom Flynn, Course director, RICS-Accredited MA in Art Appraisal, Kingston University The conference will be held at the University of Geneva, Uni Bastions, in room B106 on Thursday 15 September at 19h. We hope you will be numerous to attend this conference and look forward to meeting you on this occasion.



EUROPEAN UNION | GREEK REPORTER

July 20 | 2016 |


European Court of Human Rights Throws Out First Legal Bid to Return the Elgin Marbles to Greece [video]

By Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi

MPs introduce Bill to return 'Elgin Marbles' to Greece 200 years after the UK decided to buy them.
Just when it seemed that these 2,500-year-old marbles might actually be returned to their home in Athens, the European Court of Human Rights has thrown out the first ever legal motion to force the UK to return the sculptures to Greece, brought about by the Athenians’ Association.

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GREAT BRITAIN | Independant

July 11 | 2016 |


MPs introduce Bill to return 'Elgin Marbles' to Greece
200 years after the UK decided to buy them

By Ian Johnston

Campaigners say allowing the reunification of the sculptures kept in London with those still in Athens could be a diplomatic coup for the UK as it negotiates Brexit

A cross-party group of MPs has launched a fresh bid to return the so-called Elgin Marbles to Greece on the 200th anniversary of the British Government’s decision to buy them — a move that campaigners said could help the UK secure a better deal

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EUROPE | Newsweek

May 09 | 2016 |


Greece Looks To Forge New Alliances To Win Back Elgin Marbles

By Elisabeth Perlman

The Greek government is not giving up in its quest to reclaim the Elgin marbles from the British Museum, where they have resided for almost two centuries.

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GREAT BRITAIN | The Guardian

May 08 | 2016 |

Greece looks to international justice to regain Parthenon marbles from UK

By Helena Smith

As 200th anniversary of artefacts’ removal approaches, Greek culture minister says government will appeal to courts and the likes of UN Greece has not abandoned the idea of resorting to international justice to repatriate the Parthenon marbles and is investigating new ways in which it might bring a claim against the British Museum.

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Sverige | Sveriges Television

29 mars | 2016 |

Missade du SVT:s program Kobra igår den 29 mars om repatriering av kulturföremål? Ingen fara, du kan se det på SVT Play 85 dagar framåt från detta datum - till den 23 juni 2016.

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2016


GREECE | Athens News Agency

18 Feb | 2016 |

Private citizens' accociation sues Britain at European Court of Human Rights for Parthenon Marbles

A private citizen’s group called the “Athenians’ Association” said on Thursday they filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights against the United Kingdom over the removal of the Parthenon Marbles by Lord Elgin in the 19th century, the association said in a press conference in Plaka on Thursday.


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APPEAL OF THE «ATHENIANS’ ASSOCIATION» BEFORE THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THE ACROPOLIS SCULPTURES

The historical “Athenians’ Association” (Syllogos ton Athinaion), which celebrated 120 years of existence this year (1895-2015), instituted proceedings at the European Court of Human Rights against the United Kingdom regarding the Acropolis Sculptures. The natives of the Greek capital set out the array of violations to their human rights regarding the cultural treasures of their city, characterised by Paul the Apostle as the «devotions of the Athenians». Indeed, this is the sole case worldwide of a UNESCO World Heritage Monument (1987) being despoiled through the removal of structural elements, such as the metopes and sculptures of the Parthenon.

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GREAT BRITAIN | The Art Newspaper

21 Jan | 2016 |

Lords put pressure on UK government to sign Hague Convention this year.

By Anny Shaw

Move could allow cultural heritage experts to set up Blue Shield headquarters in London

Members of the House of Lords and leading cultural heritage experts are again calling on the government to ratify the Hague Convention seven months after it agreed to sign the international agreement. If parliament swiftly ratifies the treaty’s two protocols before any of the other five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the UK will also be in a position to set up a headquarters in London for the Blue Shield, the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross.

During a debate in the House of Lords on 14 January, Baroness Andrews said there was a “growing sense of urgency” to sign the convention following “grotesque failures in Iraq” and “the increasing barbarity in Syria”. She added: “The events of the past six months have, I believe, changed the game.”


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GREAT BRITAIN | The Independent

19 Jan | 2016 |

By Jon Stone

YANIS VAROUFAKIS has hit out at George Osborne after the Chancellor made a joke about a contentious marble sculpture taken from Greece to Britain in the 19th century. Varoufakis reminds British Chancellor that Elgin stole the Parthenon Marbles.

During an exchange with shadow chancellor John McDonnell in the House of Commons Mr Osborne referenced the fact that Mr Varoufakis would be speaking at a series of events organised by Labour.

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GREECE | The Mentor Project

Jan | 2016 |

200 year anniversary of the Removal of the Parthenon Marbles.

Mentor is a unique animation film, which aims to bring to life the least known aspects of the Elgin case through the eyes of Benjamin Keat, a philhellenic British traveler, who reacts violently to the decision of the acclaimed British Diplomat Lord Elgin to remove the sculptures from the Parthenon temple.

As the completion of 200 years from the sale of the Parthenon sculptures to the British Government is in 2016, we feel that the film is now even more relevant and that it is a story that has never been told in this way to the world. Especially the medium of animation is very important as it will allow us to showcase the Parthenon in the way it was 200 years ago and in a way it will never be.

The project has received financing from the Greek Film Centre and the private broadcaster OTE TV, but the financial situation and the ongoing crisis in Greece have made it nearly impossible to raise the needed amount from Greek financiers only.


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2015


GREECE | Club for UNESCO of Piraeus and Islands

Dec | 2015 |

The new brochure that we designed and translated in 5 languages about the return of the Parthenon marbles. This brochure was given to all the 195 participants of International Conference of UNESCO in Paris, on 3-18 November 2015 by the President of Unesco Pireus and Islands, mr Ioannis Maronitis.


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GB | The Guardian

Oct | 2015 |

Getty Villa Displays Unseen Early 19th Century Watercolors of Greece


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USA | The American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

Oct 8 | 2015 |

Official Report

THIRD INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUY ON REUNIFICATION OF THE PARTHENON SCULPTURES (“COLLOQUY 2015”): JULY 27-28, 2015, ATHENS, GREECE AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

"Unifying the Cause to Unify the Parthenon"

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www | Youtube

oct | 2015 |

Two stars, a lord and the Parthenon marbles

Summary: Pavlos Tsimas, journalist, presents a documentary film in three parts on the Parthenon sculptures.
Language: English and Greek


Watch fhe film on Youtube - Part I >>

Watch fhe film on Youtube - Part II >>

Watch fhe film on Youtube - Part III >>

Watch also Parthenon marbles and Lord Elgin (in Greek) >>




United Kingdom | The Times

May 18 | 2015 |

Greece snubs Clooney advice over Marbles

Greece yesterday ruled out taking Britain to court for the return of the Elgin Marbles, snubbing the high-profile lawyer Amal Clooney who was ...


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| International Museum Day |

May 18 | 2015 |

Students at Tabula Rasa School of Arts, created a film for The International Museum Day. They dedicated the film to the one Greek sculpture of Karyatids that is kept in the British Museum in London.

Watch the film on Youtube >>



United Kingdom | The Guardian

May 13 | 2015 |

By Helen Smith

Greece drops option of legal action in British Museum Parthenon marbles row

Greece has ruled out taking legal action in its battle to reclaim the Parthenon marbles from Britain. The unexpected move abruptly ends the legal battle in one of the world’s most bitter cultural disputes.

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United Kingdom | London

April 17 | 2015 |

Neil MacGregor retires as Director of the British Museum.

Greece has ruled out taking legal action in its battle to reclaim the Parthenon marbles from Britain. The unexpected move abruptly ends the legal battle in one of the world’s most bitter cultural disputes.


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Sverige | Uppsala

Mars 31 | 2015 |

Fru Birgit Wiger Angner avled den 31 mars 2015.
Birgit W A var en sann vän av den Svenska Parthenonkommittén i dess strävan att återförena Parthenonfriserna till Aten. Som en gest donerade Birgit 2006 ett fragment från Erechtheiontemplet på Akropolis till det grekiska folket. Fragmentet hade funnits i familjen i 110 år. Svenska Parthenonkommittén beklagar djupt förlusten av denna modiga medmänniska. Birgit blev 97 år.




USA | Australia | United Kingdom

March 29 | 2015 |

Third International Colloquy for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Athens

- Press Release for July 27-28, 2015

Event in Athens Greece


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Invitation to Submit Papers >>



United Kingdom | British Museum

March 26 | 2015 |

PRESS RELEASE

The Parthenon Sculptures in the British Museum: UNESCO mediation proposal

I write on behalf of the Trustees of the British Museum, who at their meeting of 19th March 2015 considered the request put forward by the Greek Government that they should enter into a process of mediation, facilitated by UNESCO, on the subject of the Parthenon Sculptures in the British Museum. After full and careful consideration, we have decided respectfully to decline this request. We believe that the more constructive way forward, on which we have already embarked, is to collaborate directly with other museums and cultural institutions, not just in Greece but across the world.
[...]

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United Kingdom | BBC

March 09 | 2015 |

Elgin Marbles: Commons motion urges return to Greece

A parliamentary move to expedite the return of the Elgin Marbles from the UK to Greece will be made later.

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USA | The Washington Post

March 03 | 2015 |

Shipping magnate foots the bill for Amal Clooney to represent Greece

By Daniela Deane

LONDON — Greece is broke, correct? That’s why it needed bailing out by the rest of Europe.

But then, the cash-strapped Greek government hires the high-profile and expensive London law firm that employs Amal Clooney, American actor George Clooney’s glamorous new bride, to represent it in its never-ending quest to get the Elgin Marbles back from the British Museum. With no public tender.

What’s missing from this picture? A Greek shipping magnate, of course.

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Northern Ireland | Belfast Telegraph

Februari 27 | 2015 |

Marbles back at British Museum

A section of the Elgin Marbles loaned to Russia last year has returned to the British Museum to take centre stage in a new exhibition.

The sculpture of the river god, Ilissos, will go on show away from the other marbles.

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GREAT BRITAIN | The Guardian

Februari 15| 2015 |

Let's end the row over the Parthenon marbles – with a new kind of museum

Paul Mason Guardian Art & Design

Technologies such as virtual reality and 3D printing could make the physical location of ancient artefacts less important

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GREECE | Greek Reporter

Februari 13| 2015 |

Greece to Follow Different Strategy on Parthenon Marbles Repatriation

By Philip Chrysopoulos

The new Greek government is considering a different strategy for claiming the Parthenon sculptures from the British Museum and will likely stop cooperating with Amal Alamuddin-Clooney and her law firm.

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SVERIGE | Sveriges Radio

Februari 03| 2015 |

Sveriges radio P1, programmet OBS sändes kl 13.20 den 3/2

Striden om kulturskatterna

Konstvetaren Linda Fagerström berättar om British museums samling av statyer från Grekland. Konst eller koloniala troféer?

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GREAT BRITAIN | Daily Mail

Januari 31| 2015 |

Curtains for the new Mrs Clooney? Amal's law firm could be ditched as advisor on Elgin Marbles as Greece's new left-wing government reviews contracts

By Flora Drury For Mailonline

Amal Clooney could find herself with one less high profile case to fight after Greece's new culture minister revealed they were reconsidering how to win back the Elgin Marbles.

Aristides Baltas revealed they were looking at the 'strategy' behind his country's attempts to get the 5th century BC statues returned - and were willing to 'tweak' it if necessary.

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GREECE | ansamed.info

Januari 26| 2015 |

Greece: architecture contest to redesign Acropolis access

Greek culture ministry is set to announce an international architecture contest inviting contestants to present proposals that will make access to the Acropolis more functional and friendlier for disabled visitors and improve the aesthetics of the surrounding area, Greek Travel Pages (Gtp) website reports.

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GREECE | Greek Reporter

Januari 19| 2015 |

Greeks Hold Candlelight Vigil for Parthenon Marbles

by Philip Chrysopoulos

Despite the rain, hundreds of Greeks gathered outside the Acropolis Museum on Sunday to hold a candlelight vigil asking Britain for the return of the Parthenon sculptures. Video on the page of the article

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SVERIGE | Sveriges Radio

Januari 15| 2015 |

Vetenskapsradion Historia kl 13:35

Dragkampen om kulturskatterna

Striden om Parthenonfrisen från Akropolis har stått i 180 år och än idag hoppas Grekland att British Museum skall släppa ifrån sig kulturskatten. Hör om folkrättsprofessorn Ove Brings aktuella bok "PARTHENONSYNDROMET" som skildrar vår tids växande fixering vid att ställa krav på att återbörda och återlämna bortrövade eller bortförda kulturföremål.
Programledare: Tobias Svanelid

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USA | Greek Reporter

January 12| 2015 |

Exclusive Video: George Clooney Talks Parthenon Marbles from the Golden Globes

By Anastasios Papapostolou

George Clooney stressed the need for the Parthenon Marbles to be reunited and return home to Greece from the 2015 Golden Globe Awards.

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