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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 January 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 2015 3 NEWS British Museum asks Athens for sculpture loan Museum of Cycladic Art weighing up its response MICHAEL SWEET Following the British Museum's loan last month of one of the Parthenon Marbles to the Hermitage Museum in Russia, the UK institution has made a request to borrow a precious Hellenic antiquity from Athens' Museum of Cycladic Art. Given the furore over the British Museum's recent actions, the Museum of Cycladic Art is reported to be reluctant to loan the artefact for an exhibition opening in London in March entitled 'Defining Beauty: the Body in Ancient Greek Art'. A spokesperson for the British Museum told The Art Newspaper that the museum had made the request to millennium BC. It was founded in 1986 to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. borrow a piece, but that the Greek museum "had yet to respond one way or the other". The British Museum's loan to Russia of the Ilissos sculpture is the first time one of the Parthenon Marbles has left the United Kingdom since entering the British Museum collection in 1816. Despite a previously cordial curatorial relationship between the privately-owned Museum of Cycladic Art and the British Museum, the denial of a loan from Athens will be seen as a gesture to get back at the institution. The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic art of the third Meanwhile, the British Museum is reportedly considering three more overseas loans of the Parthenon Marbles. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Berlin's Pergamon Museum and the Louvre in Paris are likely contenders to make requests to exhibit parts of the marbles. The British Museum has confirmed that further loans of the marbles are being considered. A spokesman told reporters: "Museums around the world have shown interest in requesting to loan from our set of Parthenon Sculptures, and we always welcome these conversations." "The trustees will consider any request for any part of the collection to be borrowed and then returned, subject to the usual considerations of A figurine dating to between 2800-2300 BC at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. PHOTO: AP/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS. condition and fitness to travel and this has always been made clear to the world." Speaking to Neos Kosmos this week, the founder of the Australia-based international committee for the restitution of the marbles, Mr Emmanuel Papastergiadis clarifies Community’s position Greek Community moves away from reported political allegiance JOHN PYRROS The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) has promptly moved to clarify its political position following an article published in Greece purportedly mistranslating the Community’s president Bill Papastergiadis. Referring to a piece featured in the Sydney Morning Herald on January 3, Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos the Greek media had misquoted him, resulting in what he said being an apparent favouring of one political party in reference to the Greek general elections on January 25. “The way it was translated in Greek was that the Greek Community of Melbourne was expressing an opinion about the economic and political consequences of an election of SYRIZA and the effect of property values. “[The] clarification was that neither the Greek Community nor me as president of the Greek Community are in the business of involving ourselves in the political election process, nor advising on political and economic consequences in Greece - these are matters for the Greek people, and we wanted that clarified.” Papastergiadis affirmed the key roles and focuses of the GOCMV relate to language, culture and social matters, not politics, which have been the cornerstone of its solid Greek Community president Bill Papastergiadis. bipartisan relationship in both Australia and Greece, but emphasised it will be politically critical where appropriate. “That doesn’t mean that where appropriate we aren’t critical of policies and platforms of respective parties, whether they’re in Australia or Greece. That is government, we’re inactive in particular areas, but that’s not playing a political role.” Despite the apparent misinterpretation, Papastergiadis didn’t receive any backlash, he said. Cominos, said that museums in Greece should be united in their stance on loans to the British Museum. "All the museums in Greece should stick together with the Greek government's request for the Parthenon Marbles to go back to where they belong. “I hope the owners of the Cycladic Museum will say 'we'll gladly lend you something, provided that you, the British Museum, makes an unconditional commitment to return the Marbles'." Man arrested for alleged part in massive drug syndicate During a massive drug raid undertaken by Victoria Police's Drug Taskforce, close to 1,200 cannabis plants were confiscated from homes rented in the name of 67-year-old sports bar manager Vasilios Maikantis. The Greek Australian had reportedly rented the properties - in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs - for an alleged multimillion dollar cannabis syndicate to fund his gambling habit. The seized plants had an estimated street worth of $3 million. Arrested last week, he was charged with cultivating and trafficking a large commercial quantity of cannabis. Detective Senior Constable Joshua Renfrey told the Melbourne Magistrates' Court 21 properties had been rented in Maikantis' name, for a drug syndicate to grow plants, with more raids expected throughout the week. Maikantis' application for bail failed, with the court deeming he did not show exceptional circumstances. He reportedly told police the syndicate paid him to rent the properties in his name and to clean up once the marijuana harvests were disassembled. "That was the crux of his of- fending. If that goes unaddressed he could continue to offend or reoffend," Senior Constanble Renfrey said. Maikantis's lawyer said his client had only played a minor part in the alleged operation, with investigations ongoing. He was remanded for committal mention on May 1.
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