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Alexander Herman on the Parthenon Marbles

National (National) Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Tuesday 16 April, 6-8pm
£14, Friends and guests

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Why are we still arguing over the Parthenon Marbles? Alexander Herman will offer a fresh take on the history of those famous pieces of ancient sculpture removed from the Acropolis in Athens by Lord Elgin’s men in the early 19th century. He will explain how they became the cause célèbre of the larger debates around cultural heritage and restitution now taking place. The subject is one that is currently embroiling museums, governments, universities and the public at large.

This talk will be based on Herman's recent book, The Parthenon Marbles Dispute: Heritage, Law, Politics (Hart / Bloomsbury, 2023), which seeks to provide a balanced, thorough and critical account of the history of the Marbles. It explains why this particular dispute has not been satisfactorily resolved, and suggests new ways of seeking resolution – for the Parthenon Marbles and for the many other cultural treasures held in museum collections outside their countries of origin.

Alexander Herman is the Director of the UK-based Institute of Art and Law. He has written, taught and presented on an array of topics in relation to art, law, and cultural property. His writing appears regularly in The Art Newspaper and he has been quoted widely in the press on art law topics (including in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Telegraph, ArtNET, The Financial Times, and The Globe & Mail). In addition to The Parthenon Marbles Dispute, he has written Restitution: The Return of Cultural Artefacts (Lund Humphries, 2021). He trained in both common law and civil law legal systems at McGill University and practised law in Montreal, Canada. He is Programme Co-Director of the Art, Business and Law LLM at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London.



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