“The Independent”: British Museum considers three more ‘Elgin Marbles’ loans
The British Museum is considering three more overseas loans from the stolen “Elgin Marbles” but their reluctance to return the marbles to Greece is bound to provoke more reactions from Greece, according to British newspaper “The Independent”
In the end of 2014, the British Museum loaned the marbles, for the first time, to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
The Greek side had described the move as provocative and had officially complained to the Museum.
A current request from the British Museum for an important artefact from the Museum of Cycladic Art, of Athens, for an upcoming exhibition, has been delayed. The Independent newspaper characterizes this as a “retaliatory move” by the Greek authorities.
The delay is ascribed by the paper to “tensions” with the Greek government “despite friendly curatorial relations between the two institutions”