The struggle for the so-called “Elgin Marbles” has gone on for a long time. The Greek Minister of Culture is now criticizing the poor presentation of antiques in London.
Athens (AP) – On Friday, Athens again demanded the return of parts of the Parthenon frieze from the British Museum in London to the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
This time, the occasion is a report from the British magazine “The Art Newspaper” from August 11th. As a result, rainwater dripped from the roof of the museum into the rooms in which the Parthenon friezes are also on display.
“The sculptures of the Parthenon, the highest monument of Western civilization, must return to their homeland,” Greek Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni said in Athens on Friday. This is not the first time that photos have been published which prove the unsuitability of antiques, added the Minister of Culture.
Athens is demanding the return of the sculptures held by the British Museum since 1816 for decades. The British have so far refused to do so. In 2009, a new museum was built under the Acropolis in the Greek capital. There, the real parts are exhibited with plaster replicas of the missing elements. The Parthenon (“the maiden’s room”) is one of the most famous architectural monuments still in existence from ancient Greece.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the British Ambassador Lord Elgin had the best-preserved parts (the “Elgin Marbles”) of the Parthenon dismantled and brought back to England. He sold it to the museum in 1816. 56 of the 96 panels in the frieze have been there since then.