Finders, Not Keepers! Cultural Treasures Belong in Their Country of Origin

Tuesday 14 May 2013, 5.25am |

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Intelligence Squared, the leading global forum for intellectual and cultural debate, held its first event in Asia on 15th May 2009.  The debate took place before a live audience of 600 people at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during ART HK 09 (Hong Kong International Art Fair) and tackled the contentious issue of the rightful ownership, display and sale of historically significant artefacts. Leading international experts put the following questions under the spotlight: Do historical treasures belong in their country of origin or to all of mankind? Where are cultural artefacts most appropriately viewed and appreciated? If cultural plunder is required to be repatriated, where does this leave the great museums of the world?

IQ2 Asia co-founder, Yana Peel, says: ” From the ongoing dispute over the ownership of the Elgin Marbles to the recent furore over the Yves-Saint Laurent Paris auction of two Imperial Chinese bronzes looted from the Old Summer Palace, the ownership of cultural treasures continues to be the subject of great controversy. We are delighted that Outset and Wedel Fine Art will bring the debate to ART HK 09, given the Fair’s success in attracting leading collectors, industry players and members of the public to focus on cultural themes in this dynamic part of the world.”