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Sicily’s Artifacts Will Return Home Sooner Than Planned

Friday, July 12, 2013

CLEVELAND, OHIO—An exhibition of artifacts on loan from Sicily has been on display at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and had been scheduled to open at the Cleveland Museum of Art in September, but Sicilian cultural authorities have canceled the second half of the show. Assessor Mariarita Sgarlata, Sicily’s highest cultural official, has reportedly said that the artifacts have been away from home for too long, damaging tourism at a time of economic difficulty. “They have every responsibility and right to see how they can improve their economies through tourism.…In the end, we have to respect the decision Sicily made. And frankly we hope we can work with Sicily again,” said David Franklin, director of the Cleveland Museum.