By James Cuno
The overseas controversy over who "owns" antiquities has pitted museums opposed to archaeologists and resource nations the place old artifacts are discovered. In his ebook Who Owns Antiquity?, James Cuno argued that antiquities are the cultural estate of humankind, now not of the international locations that lay particular declare to them. Now in Whose Culture?, Cuno assembles preeminent museum administrators, curators, and students to provide an explanation for for themselves what is at stake during this struggle--and why the museums' critics could not be extra wrong.
resource nations and archaeologists prefer tricky cultural estate legislation proscribing the export of antiquities, have fought for the go back of artifacts from museums around the globe, and declare the purchase of undocumented antiquities encourages looting of archaeological websites. In Whose Culture?, top figures from universities and museums within the usa and Britain argue that sleek realms have at most sensible a doubtful reference to the traditional cultures they declare to symbolize, and that archaeology has been misused through nationalistic id politics. They clarify why exhibition is key to in charge acquisitions, why our shared artwork historical past trumps nationalist agendas, why restrictive cultural estate legislation positioned antiquities in danger from volatile governments--and extra. protecting the rules of artwork because the legacy of all humankind and museums as tools of inquiry and tolerance, Whose Culture? brings reasoned argument to a subject matter that for too lengthy has been distorted via politics and emotionalism.
as well as the editor, the individuals are Kwame Anthony Appiah, Sir John Boardman, Michael F. Brown, Derek Gillman, Neil MacGregor, John Henry Merryman, Philippe de Montebello, David I. Owen, and James C. Y. Watt.
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