What does the use of the spectacular Riace Bronzes as performance art say about Italy's stewardship of some of its most important cultural treasures? And how can we be sure they were not damaged in the process?
CPO is all for making ancient culture "relevant," but this stunt seems to have gone much, much too far given the cultural importance and fragility of the statues.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Ancient "Performance Art?"
Posted by Cultural Property Observer at 1:38 PM
Labels: bureacracy, Italy, poor stewardship
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You asked, Mr Tompa:- "What does the use of the spectacular Riace Bronzes as performance art say about Italy's stewardship of some of its most important cultural treasures?"
Not a lot I'd say. But as the Italians want to treat their culture in such a manner, some might say degrade, they surely have the right to do so irrespective of the bronze's condition.
Perhaps this 'stunt' as you call it, shows that what might be described a World Heritage' is unfit to be in Italian hands.
Collectors I'm sure, would show greater respect even if only to preserve the finial integrity of the bronzes. All of which raises the question: Is archaeology and heritage safe in the hands of historians?
Usual warm regards
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