IMPERIALISM, ART AND RESTITUTION
This book is about the repatriation, or not, of great works of art and antiquity taken during the Age of Imperialism and held today by European and American museums. The Elgin Marbles are the most famous example, but there are thousands of others. The nations of origin, supported by UNESCO, want these cultural treasures returned, while the museums unsurprisingly prefer to keep them. Public interest in the outcome runs high. In this volume prominent museum and government officials and leading scholars consider the ultimate disposition of the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum, the bust of Nefertiti in Berlin, and American Indian artifacts and human remains in American museums.
John Henry Merryman is the Sweitzer Professor of Law Emeritus and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Art Emeritus at Stanford University.
IMPERIALISM, ART AND RESTITUTION
JOHN HENRY MERRYMAN
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|Foreword by John O. Haley||ix|
|John Henry Merryman|
|1||VIEW FROM THE UNIVERSAL MUSEUM||15|
|Appendix: Declaration on the Importance and Value of Universal Museums||34|
|2||FROM GLOBAL PILLAGE TO PILLARS OF COLLABORATION||37|
|3||MUSEUMS AS CENTERS OF CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING||47|
|Willard L. Boyd|
|4||IMPERIAL APPROPRIATIONS OF THE PARTHENON||65|
|William St Clair|
|5||WHITHER THE ELGIN MARBLES?||98|
|John Henry Merryman|
|6||THE BEAUTIFUL ONE HAS COME – TO RETURN: THE RETURN OF THE BUST OF NEFERTITI FROM BERLIN TO CAIRO||114|
|Kurt G. Siehr|
|7||THE BEAUTIFUL ONE HAS COME – TO STAY||135|
|Stephen K. Urice|
|Appendix I: The Bust of Nefertiti: An Annotated Bibliography||166|
|Appendix II: A New Translation of Selected Egyptian Antiquities Laws (1881–1912)||175|
|Adrienne L. Fricke|
|8||NAGPRA FROM THE MIDDLE DISTANCE: LEGAL PUZZLES AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES||193|
|Michael F. Brown and Margaret M. Bruchac|
|9||FINDERS KEEPERS AND DEEP AMERICAN HISTORY: SOME LESSONS IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION||218|
|David Hurst Thomas|
Willard L. Boyd, Rawlings–Miller Professor of Law and President Emeritus, University of Iowa, and The Field Museum of Chicago, Willardemail@example.com
Michael F. Brown, Lambert Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, Williams College, Michael.F.Brown@williams.edu
Margaret M. Bruchac, Abenaki, Repatriation Research Liaison for the Five College Repatriation Committee in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
James Cuno, President and Director, The Art Institute of Chicago, jcuno@artic. edu
John O. Haley, Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law and Director, The Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies, School of Law, Washington University in St. Louis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Talat Halman, Turkey's First Minister of Culture, email@example.com
John Henry Merryman, Sweitzer Professor of Law Emeritus and Affiliated Professor in the Department of Art Emeritus, Stanford University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kurt G. Siehr, M.C.L. (Ann Arbor), Dr. iur. (Hamburg), Ph.D. (Zürich), email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
William St Clair, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, email@example.com. ac.uk
David Hurst Thomas, Curator, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen K. Urice, Director, Project for Cultural Heritage Law and Policy, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, email@example.com
The papers collected in this volume were first presented at a conference held at the Washington University School of Law on March 26–27, 2004. The conference was the fourth in a series of annual symposia organized and sponsored by the Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies. The complete proceedings, including the original presentation of each article in this volume with the discussion that followed, remain available in the Institute’s electronic archive of all of its principal conferences at http://law.wustl.edu/igls(Conferences/2003–2004/ImperialismArtResti- tutionConf04.html.
The topic and title of the conference – Imperialism, Art and Restitution – originated with John Henry Merryman. His intellectual vision and organizing acumen made the event possible. Without his efforts neither the conference nor this volume could have been realized. Others also share credit. First and foremost are those who participated in the symposium as principal presenters, whose contributions are collected here, as well as the moderators and discussants: Michael Cosmopoulos (University of Missouri–St. Louis), Steven Gunn (Washington University), Michael Kelly (Creighton University), Serena Stier and Pamela Trimpe (University of Iowa), Susan Rotoff and Sarantis Symeonoglou (Washington University), Frederike Seligman and Mark Weil (Washington University).
A special note of appreciation needs to be extended to the Washington University School of Art, which, with the support of its Dean, Jeffrey Pike, cosponsored the event. Others whose guidance, support and various forms of assistance require mention here include Joel Seligman, currently President of the University of Rochester, whose leadership and enthusiasm have been vital to the life of the Harris Institute since its founding during his tenure as Dean of the School of Law. Whitney and Anna Harris were active participants and from inception enthusiastic supporters of the conference. Robert Archibald, President of the Missouri Historical Society, provided useful advice. No program of this magnitude could have been successful, however, without the energy and dedication of Linda McClain, the Harris Institute’s especially able conference coordinator.
I would like to extend a final word of appreciation to the editors of Cambridge University Press, who by making this volume possible have given permanence to the presentations in St. Louis, thereby enabling the ideas and intellectual contributions of the authors to reach a broader audience in both place and time.
John O. Haley