CULTURES 2016 - Collecting ancient art, an old tradition under attack by Vincent Geerling
Today, a lot of archaeological sites are in danger, especially in zones of conflict. We are confronted with reports in the media about the illegal trade in cultural objects being a multi-billion $ business. We are to believe that truckloads of looted objects are entering Europe. We see television reports with undercover journalists in dark basements, being shown a cache of “antiquities” valued at millions of $. Collectors get the blame, the trade is under attack.
Vincent Geerling is chairman of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA), director of Archea Ancient Art gallery in Amsterdam
Filmed in Brussels during ArtConnoisseurs, the art lecture series held simultaneously of Cultures - The World Arts Fairs.