Hamburg museum chief: 'I won't resign'

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14th December 2007, "After 15 years as chief, I made a mistake," said Wulf Koepke on Deutschlandradio Kultur, a German radio station covering the arts. "We evidently failed somewhere, or the mistake would not have happened.

14th December 2007

"After 15 years as chief, I made a mistake," said Wulf Koepke on Deutschlandradio Kultur, a German radio station covering the arts. "We evidently failed somewhere, or the mistake would not have happened.

"But on the other hand, we are not the first museum to get fooled by such a thing and we certainly won't be the last."

The Museum of Ethnology closed its Terracotta Army exhibition this week, accusing a German exhibitions company, Center of Chinese Arts and Culture (CCAC), of misleading it about the eight warrior figures.

Koepke said the show, which has been front-page news this week throughout Germany and deals with funeral rites, might re-open at a reduced ticket price.

"It's really very good," he said. "There's enormous demand to see it. A lot of people say they don't care if the warriors are real of fakes, they just want to get in."

Chinese cultural officials said the previous day they were considering legal action against CCAC for "fraud."

Beijing reports quoted Chen Xianqi, a spokesman for the Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage in Xi'an, home of the 2,200-year-old terracotta army, saying the copying was an intellectual-property issue.

DPA

Subject: German news, terracotta army

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