POLICING ART CRIME

By Naomi Oosterman

In the cold winter’s night of 9 to 10 January 2005, criminals left a devastating scene at the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, the Netherlands. Glass doors were shattered, wooden panels were destroyed, and valuable porcelain was smashed into hundreds of pieces. Possibly more devastating was the additional theft of 70 pieces of silver and 24 paintings of important 17th century artists like Jan van Goyen, Jacob Waben, and Matthias Withoos with an estimated value between €250.000 and €1.3 million. A few years later, without violence but with similar devastating consequences, seven paintings belonging to the Triton Family Foundation were stolen from the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Amongst these were works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Lucian Freud. Estimated value: €18.1 million. The 2002 thefts of two unique Van Gogh paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, finalizes the list. ‘Childishly easy’ is how the theft was described in the media. With a rope, ladder, and a broken window, the criminals could steal one of only two seascapes made by Van Gogh from his Dutch years. The described cases are considered to be the most notable art crimes that took place in the Netherlands in the past 20 years. Continue reading “POLICING ART CRIME”

FRENCH MUSEUMS AND CROWDFUNDING : EVOLUTIONS AND OUTCOMES

By Marie Ballarini

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In France, museums are mainly public and almost all depend on state subsidies (private museums included). Faced with the stagnation of the latter, or even their substantial decline, many museums are turning to new sources of income in an effort to self-finance. At the request of their guardianship, it is becoming more and more common for museums to have to include in their funding projects a more or less significant share of self-funding, whatever the tool or tools chosen. Continue reading “FRENCH MUSEUMS AND CROWDFUNDING : EVOLUTIONS AND OUTCOMES”

UNDERSTANDING INSTITUTIONAL LOGICS AND INSTITUTIONAL WORK PRACTICES IN FESTIVALS: LUCCA COMICS AND GAMES

By Yesim Tonga Uriarte, Robert DeFillippi, Massimo Riccaboni, Maria Luisa Catoni

How are festivals managed within their wide net of temporal, social and institutional relations? In search of answers, we provide the summary of a case study that features one of the biggest comic-cons in the world and we argue that understanding how festivals maintain themselves must focus on understanding how these temporary organizations are able to effect processes of persistence, stability and change in the context of upheaval, continuity and transformation. Continue reading “UNDERSTANDING INSTITUTIONAL LOGICS AND INSTITUTIONAL WORK PRACTICES IN FESTIVALS: LUCCA COMICS AND GAMES”

ACCOUNTING FOR HERITAGE ASSETS

By Lucia Biondi

Cultural heritage is one of the main features making Italy known worldwide. This contribution redresses the neglect of accounting in the important debate over new public governance. Prominence of accounting practices in the world of business and in the public sector remains. However, there remain pernicious problems within conventional accounting practice, which in themselves can confound the desire for good public governance and which cannot be ignored.

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