On 10 June 2016 at 17:00

Collecting ancient art, an old tradition under attack

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.

Unfortunately, newspapers are just copying each other, they tend to “forget” to check to the primary source of information, as a good journalist always should do. IADAA has put a lot of effort in following all the stories back to their primary source. The results, which will be shown during the lecture, reveal that there is no evidence for any of the claims. 



Au Vieux Saint Martin - First floor


On 10 June 2016 at 17:00

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Vincent Geerling

Vincent Geerling is chairman of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA), director of Archea Ancient Art gallery in Amsterdam