The news comes after former Louvre President Jean-Luc Martinez was charged in May with concealing the origins of illegally smuggled Egyptian antiquities.
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Former Louvre President Charged in Antiquities Trafficking Case
Authorities say Jean-Luc Martinez helped facilitate the Louvre’s purchase of objects illegally pillaged during the Arab Spring.
Salvator Mundi’s Mysterious Journey to the Gulf [UPDATED]
The painting’s voyage, from the record-breaking Christie’s auction to the mysterious postponing of its unveiling, reflects deep regional ideological and geopolitical rifts — but the debate has hardly played out in the Arabic-language media.
Has the Salvator Mundi Really Gone Missing? Unpacking the Latest Conspiracy Theory
Keeping track of the world’s most expensive painting has become more difficult since it transferred into Saudi hands. One conspiracist claims the painting is involved in a money laundering plot tie Trump-Russia scandal.
Walid Raad’s Playful and Dead-Serious Experiments with History
Raad’s latest exhibition in Beirut explores history, archives, and reality with his signature inscrutability and dry humor.
Louvre Abu Dhabi Claims They Own Leonardo’s “Salvator Mundi” [UPDATE 2]
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is now claiming it owns the world’s most expensive artwork.
Leonardo’s “Salvator Mundi” Is Headed to the Louvre Abu Dhabi [UPDATED]
The newly opened institution announced on Twitter that the most expensive artwork ever sold will soon go on view there.
Trouble on the Island of Happiness and Human Rights Concerns for the Louvre Abu Dhabi
When starchitect Jean Nouvel said he “saw no problem” with the way migrant laborers were treated during the construction of Saadiyat Island, you have to wonder if he even looked.
Guggenheim and British Museum Refuse to Work with Human Rights Groups on Abu Dhabi Projects
Many reports have emerged of harsh labor conditions during the construction of museums on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, but the cultural institutions involved are showing no interest in discussing these violations with leading human rights groups.
Gulf Labor Hips Venice Biennale Visitors to UAE Labor Abuses
VENICE — On Wednesday the Gulf Labor Coalition held the first in a series of four panels it is organizing as part of the 2015 Venice Biennale.
French Museum Authority Confirms Worker Death at Louvre Abu Dhabi Site
The Agence France-Muséums has confirmed reports, brought to light recently by the activist and artist group Gulf Labor, that a 28-year-old Pakistani worker died on June 8 at the construction site of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.
60 Art World Luminaries Pressure UAE on “Chilling Precedent” Set by Recent Bans
The directors of some of the world’s most important art institutions, including the Tate and MoMA, have written a letter to UAE-affiliated art organizations asserting that “artists and academics should be allowed free passage to conduct research and work that is done in a peaceful and productive manner.”