Visual Art SoCal Museums Raided
posted by January 24 at 19:12 PMon
Southern California museums were raided early this morning by federal agents in a looting investigation involving ancient art allegedly stolen from Thailand, China, Myanmar, and Native American archeological sites.
Included were the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, and the Mingei International Museum in San Diego.
In the case of the Bowers and the Pacific Asia museums, the warrants clearly suggest that museum officials were aware that the objects were looted and overvalued and accepted them anyway.
According to the warrants, Markell at one point told the agent that LACMA was “a stickler” for checking the background of pieces but also suggested the museum had found a loophole to import restrictions on some objects.
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