Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Show Will Go On After All

CPO is happy to report that the good people of Cleveland will get to see an exhibit of Sicilian antiquities after all.  But CPO suspects that "the beyond ownership" mantra of proponents of the MOU with Italy remains on life support.  The problem here was that Sicily had made a last minute demand for considerably more money for the exhibit to go forward after closing at the Getty.  In the future, however,  Sicily can and should get top dollar for renting out its antiquities before they are sent abroad  And Sicily should also consider selling off duplicates in State collections.   Sicily needs money to help preserve its magnificent cultural heritage.  Loans from Cleveland in return are fine, but they won't help pay the bills.

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