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July 13, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Relations between Italy and Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum seemed to be smoothing when Sicily lent the museum antiquities for a major exhibition, "Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome. " The show of more than 100 ancient treasures opened April 3 at the Getty Villa and was to move to the Cleveland Museum of Art in late September, with the two museums sharing exhibition costs. Then Sicily called. It wanted its art back. The absence of the antiquities was hurting Sicily's tourism dollars.
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May 18, 2011 | Jason Felch
The J. Paul Getty Museum's iconic statue of Aphrodite, which became a symbol of American museums' involvement in the illicit antiquities trade, was unveiled in its new home Tuesday in the windswept Sicilian hill town of Aidone, marking an end to a controversy that has wracked the museum world for the last decade. A chaotic scrum of politicians, journalists, townspeople and two Getty officials crowded into the small museum in a former Capuchin monastery to see the 7-foot statue of limestone and marble, which the Getty bought in 1988 for $18 million despite signs that the statue had been recently looted and smuggled out of Italy.
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June 17, 2001 | KARIN ESTERHAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 18th annual "British Theatre Backstage With Barbara Isenberg," which features seven shows, leaves Los Angeles for London on Dec. 27 and returns Jan. 6. The tour offers backstage visits and meetings with British theater artists and critics. It includes visits to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the newly renovated British Museum, the Hermitage exhibition at Somerset House and the Imperial War Museum.
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August 17, 1997 | KARIN DOMINELLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange House Tours of Seattle is offering its Indonesian Sampler tour, covering seven islands in 18 days. Guests will stay in first-class hotels when not cruising around the islands of Nusa Tengarra. While on the schooner, guests will have the use of snorkel and dive equipment, a cook for all the meals and private cabins with bathrooms. The tour starts in Jakarta, then spends three nights in the Tanjung Puting National Park on Kalimantan.
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