The university said it will return the samples, some of which were used in research that directly or indirectly supported scientific racism.
Portrait of a Thief imagines what would happen if some overly confident 20-somethings proved the life of museum objects isn’t as clear-cut as it seems.
Recently, Art Recovery International and India Pride Project have collaborated to successfully recover and return priceless cultural objects stolen from India.
Equity should be discussed in the form of European and American institutions partnering with the Benin government to create sustainable museums.
The headdress in Austria is the only one of its kind and it’s not only a work of art, but a representation of the identity and landscape of Mexico that was stripped from the nation by colonial forces.
The museum forgets that it is already a violent graveyard of colonial-era cultural trophies removed from their homelands under dubious circumstances.
Despite the British Museum’s active participation in work towards restitution, the current display and captioning fail to be forthright or responsible.
We need to make it clear to our museums that we do not want to walk around in galleries of stolen artworks.
While the museum presents its attempt to identify trafficked antiquities as an altruistic enterprise, its policing of the antiquities market also distracts from its historic role in acquiring looted objects.
The RISD Museum has held this Benin bronze head in its collection for 80 years. “No one would have given it up unless under duress,” the curators say. But tracing its provenance and repatriating it is no simple matter.
Belgium’s occupation of what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most brutal chapters of colonial history. Now, the African country is asking for its artifacts and artworks back from Europe.
Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr and French art historian Bénédicte Savoy were charged by the French president to develop a clear framework for the potential restitution of African art to several African nations.