Greece

Greece in talks with Louvre to borrow Parthenon frieze as part of 'temporary exchange'

Title: Greece in talks with Louvre to borrow Parthenon frieze as part of 'temporary exchange'
Author: Gareth Harris
Media Outlet: The Art Newspaper
Publish Date: August 27, 2019

“President Emmanuel Macron of France is considering lending to Greece a marble frieze removed from the temple of Parthenon, which is currently housed at the Louvre in Paris. According to the Greek news agency ANA, the plan was discussed during recent talks between Macron and the Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who hopes to secure the loan for the country’s bicentennial independence celebrations in 2021.”

British Museum chief: taking the Parthenon marbles was 'creative'

Title: British Museum chief: taking the Parthenon marbles was 'creative'
Author: Mark Brown
Media Outlet: The Guardian
Publish Date: January 28, 2019

“(…) There are many who will not see the early 19th-century removal from Greece of the marbles by agents of the 7th Earl of Elgin as “creative”. Lord Byron likened it to vandalism, lamenting in verse in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: “Dull is the eye that will not weep to see / Thy walls defac’d, thy mouldering shrines remov’d / By British hands.”

George Vardas, the secretary of the International Association for Reunification of Parthenon Sculptures, tweeted: “Seriously. What was so creative in the destruction of the temple and looting and pillage of a nation’s keys to its ancient history?”

He called it “astonishing historical revisionism and arrogance”, and added: “The imperial condescension of the British Museum knows no bounds.”

(…) A spokesperson for the British Museum said: “Hartwig Fischer was stating the longstanding position of the British Museum. We believe there is a great public benefit in being able to see these wonderful objects in the context of a world collection. The museum lends extensively across the world, and some loans are long-term but not indefinite’.”