Museum to give back a looted vase

  • Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 16, 2011 - 10:58 AM

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has agreed to surrender a 2,500-year-old Greek vase that has been a museum showpiece for nearly 30 years.

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righteeeoooSep. 15, 11 8:50 PM

Great!!!! Now Italy can have it back to put hidden in some dank dark basement for the next 500 years until it finally disintegrates from neglect!!!!!!!!!

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mplssellSep. 15, 11 9:19 PM

Really? How about returning it to Greece; there were no Greek gods in Italy, only Roman gods.

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jinskeepSep. 15, 1110:14 PM

I look forward to the future when these wonderful objects can be grouped together and put on display in their home country AND in traveling exhibitions that we can enjoy because we have stellar museums that do the right thing. Thank you MIA. Thank you Mary for the article.

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elo_62Sep. 15, 1110:46 PM

So how much money did the museum pay to get it? How much money are they out because they unintentionally purchased a stolen item?

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ammunraSep. 15, 1111:51 PM

elo_62 -- Undoubtedly not nearly as much as other museums and private collecters who've been buying stolen art and antiquities for years. Either way, I'd like to echo an earlier poster that it'd be great to see a full collection in Italy or Greece someday.

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hockeydadmnSep. 16, 11 1:17 AM

They have no real proof, they don't even know exactly where it came from. They should find the grave robbers and convict them of grave robbery, that would be closer to real proof.

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alanpSep. 16, 11 1:52 AM

I hope Italy or the museum is picking up the tab for having the piece escorted by agents of the US Homeland Security Dept and US Customs.

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bradtheissenlaSep. 16, 11 6:13 AM

2,500 years ago, my ancestors in Wales, central Europe and Scandinavia were creating important art. I recall early Minnesota having a bit more relation to northern Europe than Greece. Art is art and relevance is local.

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orpheus90Sep. 16, 11 6:21 AM

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has demonstrated great fortitude in taking steps to see that a wrong be made right. Yes, they lose a vase, however, the true jewel is the museum itself, and it shines even brighter. There is much to be said for a museum that understands that there are some things far greater and more precious than objects.

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porkerSep. 16, 11 7:32 AM

Certainly a loss for the local community, but a gain for the MIA and all those who believe in ethical collecting standards. I urge everyone to go and see this stunning Greek krater while it's still on view at our wonderful museum.

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