Friday, 22 February 2013

Focus on Apollo

The Cleveland Apollo Souroktonos, "from an old East German collection", will be the focus of an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art from September 2013. There will be an accompanying catalogue. The exhibition information claims of the statue: "Its acquisition by the Cleveland Museum of Art ensures that the sculpture will continue to be studied within a broad art-historical context."

I am sure that the Apollo will be the focus of searching questions about the alleged collecting history. What curatorial investigations were made during its acquisition? What else had the museum purchased from the same vendor?

Cleveland is one of several institutions to return antiquities to Italy.

The focus exhibition will also remind us of Cleveland's bronze from Bubon in Turkey. Will the museum be opening up the discussion on its return?

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