Looted Iraqi Art, Recovered, Will Be Shown at Venice Biennale

The New York Times | Christopher D. Shea:

Looted art and ancient works from Iraq that have never been exhibited outside that country will appear in its pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year, organizers announced on Monday.

The Biennale brings a top-flight roster of international visual art that is organized into a main show and national pavilions. This year’s Iraq pavilion, called “Archaic,” will include medical artifacts, statues, toys and jugs dating back over 7,000 years. The ancient works come from the National Museum of Iraq, which was looted after the American-led invasion of the country in 2003 and stayed closed until 2015, when it reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony… Read more

Image: The National Museum of Iraq soon after it reopened, in March 2015. Credit: Karim Kadim/Associated Press