Liberal establishment darling David Frum mocks repatriation efforts as a “ritual of self-purification through purgation.”
Where a New African Museum Fits in a Post-colonial World
The question remains: Is an African museum, designed by an African architect, capable of undoing the institutional violence that it has inherited?
Smithsonian Announces Landmark Decision to Repatriate Benin Bronzes
The institution says it will return most of the 39 artifacts in its collection to Nigeria for eventual display at the Benin City National Museum.
Why the Mbari Houses in Nigeria Became Extinct
Although the tradition of Mbari houses can never be revived, their rich history and broader influence on modernism in Africa is profound.
The Met Will Repatriate Two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria
Critics note that the Met has failed to address the hundreds of other works from Benin that remain in its collection.
How a New Nigerian Museum Can Help Repatriate the Benin Bronzes
Nigeria’s business leaders will have to give generously; politicians will have to put rivalries aside; and contemporary artists will have to embrace the project.
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.
A Sculptor and Former Special Effects Artist Is Paving the Way in Prosthetics for Darker Skin Tones
John Amanam began crafting impressive replicas of human body parts after his brother lost part of his hand, and has served nearly 200 customers in two years.
“Time, My Old Friend, She Has Changed”: An Artist’s Reflections on Quarantine
A comic artist speaks to artists across the world to see how they — and their practices — have been holding up.
ART X Lagos Fair Postponed in Solidarity With #EndSARS Protesters
Thousands of Nigerians have protested against a federal police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which is accused of brutality and abuse of power.
Nigeria’s First Oscar Contender Disqualified for Mostly English Dialogue
Social media has come to the defense of Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart, which was disqualified from competing in the newly renamed category of Best International Feature Film, formerly known as the Best Foreign Language Film.
French President Wants to Return Benin’s Artifacts, But Will French Law Allow Him?
Emmanuel Macron’s decision is a gesture of goodwill, but these objects comprise just 0.5 percent of the objects requested for restitution by the West African country.