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MFA To Return Looted Art

Posted by Geoff Edgers  July 28, 2006 05:50 AM
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We're eagerly waiting for details, but this is what we know, so far, about the Museum of Fine Arts and its agreement with the Italian government.

Here are the three items detailed in the story, and included in the Italian government's dossier:

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In case you're wondering about the press release offering "sketchy details of the agreement," here's the release:

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON


Contact: Kelly Gifford
617.369.3540
kgifford@mfa.org



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


STATEMENT FROM THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
AND THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE

BOSTON, Mass. (July 27, 2006)— On Tuesday, July 25, officials from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) met in Rome with representatives from the Italian Ministry of Culture. At this second meeting, the two parties made significant progress toward a final agreement that establishes a cultural partnership. This agreement will include the transfer of certain objects of Italian origin in the Museum’s collection to Italy; the loan of significant works from Italy to the MFA’s displays and special exhibitions program; and the establishment of a process by which the MFA and Italy will work together to ensure the viability of future acquisitions of Italian antiquities by the Museum. The partnership also envisages future collaboration in the areas of scholarship, conservation, archaeological investigation and exhibition planning.

The meeting took place at the Ministry of Culture in Rome. Present at the meeting from the MFA were: Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director; Katherine Getchell, Deputy Director, Curatorial; James Snipes, partner, Covington and Burling, legal counsel to the MFA; Antonio Lirosi, Partner, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo and Partners, Italian legal counsel to the MFA. And from Italy: Mr. Maurizio Fiorilli, State Attorney and Head of Delegation; Mr. Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister of Culture, Mr. Giuseppe Proietti, Head of the Department of Research, Innovation and Organization and, ad interim, Head of the Department of Cultural and Natural Assets, Mrs. Silvana Rizzo, Cultural Adviser to the Minister, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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