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THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART WILL RETURN A SACRED SCULPTURE to Nepal. The work, depicting a Hindu deity, was looted in the 1980s from the temple shire where it had stood for more than eight centuries. It was sold in 1990 at Sotheby’s to a collector that has loaned it to the museum. Only recently were questions raised about its provenance, and the FBI soon got involved . As part of the first step in the process, the object will head to Nepal’s embassy in Washington, D.C. Allegations of looting continue to plague institutions around the world. Yesterday, we linked to an investigation regarding a looted artifact from Afghanistan. For more on the topic, ARTnews has compiled a list of some of the most consequential cases of looted and plundered works.
ELYN ZIMMERMAN’S ACCLAIMED 1984 INSTALLATION MARABAR will be relocated to a still-to-be determined new site. The piece, which features monumental boulders, some weighing over 500,000 pounds, is currently located in an outdoor plaza at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. The society is planning a construction project that would remove the work to make way for an entrance pavilion and events space. The NGS has agreed to pay for Marabar’s relocation. A somewhat similar case happened recently…