After decades of inaction, the Colombian government is demanding the repatriation of the ancient sculptures, currently held at a Berlin museum.
The Humboldt Forum’s Disappointing Ethnographic Collections
The Ethnological Museum and Museum of Asian Art were not included in the Forum’s grand inauguration in July, but instead, quietly opened in September.
Berlin’s Humboldt Forum Is a Strange Marriage of Progressive Content and Conservative Form
The Humboldt Forum thinks it can genuinely pursue and cultivate “peaceful dialogue between cultures” from a position of global power. I’m not so sure.
Path Toward Restitution of Benin Bronzes Advances in Germany and UK
Thousands of objects were looted from present-day Nigeria by British troops in a punitive mission in 1897.
Artists and Cultural Workers Oppose Humboldt Forum Opening, Citing Colonial Ties
The protesters called to redirect government funding of the Humboldt Forum towards cultural decolonization initiatives.
Why the Bauhaus Still Matters in an Era of Neo-Nationalism
A look back at all the questions, contradictions, omissions, and elisions of last year’s bauhaus imaginista exhibition reveals that it was a show about contemporary Germany as a country as much as it is about whatever we are calling “the Bauhaus.”