“This is the largest return of antiquities to Iraq,” said Iraq’s culture minister Hassan Nazim.
Rakowitz has installed at the Wellin a partial reconstruction of “Room H” within the Northwest Palace of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud.
Hyperallergic has the exclusive premiere of Art21’s Haunting the West, a short film about Rakowitz’s artistic efforts to end the marginalization of West Asian art and history.
The artist donated his “library of exile” to the Mosul University Library, once one of the largest libraries in West Asia, housing over a million books and rare historical materials before it was destroyed.
The director of the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage said the Taq Kasra is in “dangerous and critical” condition and needs immediate support to prevent further collapse.
While the museum presents its attempt to identify trafficked antiquities as an altruistic enterprise, its policing of the antiquities market also distracts from its historic role in acquiring looted objects.
The Vienna-based group Iraqi Autumn draws attention to the international community’s silence regarding the outbreak of violence in Iraq over the past two months.
An exhibition at P21 gallery highlights the human consequences of the exploitation of Iraq’s oil reserves, among them, environmental crises, state corruption, and youth unemployment.
Critics call the recent sale, which shattered previous world records for Assyrian art sales, a callous example of the art market profiting from suffering in the Middle East. Experts speculate that ISIS’s destruction of cultural heritage sites may have boosted the value of the work.
For a week after the Iranian Army’s deadly missile attack on an Iranian Kurdish community, artist Shorsh Ahi and his family slept among the ruins, expanding upon his installation.
“You think of Mosul and you think of a dangerous warzone, when actually 90 percent of it is open green fields, beautiful landscapes, dogs playing, kids out,” the artist says
The Hobby Lobby case brings up several vital issues relating to cultural heritage, theft, and war in West Asia, and many of our responses have so far been misdirected.