The new museum will house the return of 26 cultural artifacts on long-term loan from France. The objects were originally seized by French troops from Benin in 1892.
Parallel to today’s protest at the RISD Museum, organizers from Decolonize This Place gathered at the Brooklyn Museum to decry stolen objects in the Brooklyn Museum’s collection.
Students and faculty from the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University held an action today to request a sculpture looted from the Kingdom of Benin be returned. The museum says they have begun conversations with the Nigerian government to return the bronze.
The publication of Felwine Sarr and Benedicte Savoy’s report recommending the restitution of stolen African objects and the approach of what is called a “migrant caravan” toward the US is not a coincidence.
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.
The proposed guidelines would bristle the French art world, but they could also endear the French president to the African countries he’s trying to build stronger economic partnerships with.
When Alfred Flechtheim fled Germany, an Ernst Ludwig Kirchner painting of his ended up in the hands of a Nazi, and eventually at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.
Law enforcement officers arrived at the Museu de Lleida in western Catalonia around 4am this morning to execute an order to repatriate 44 artifacts to neighboring Aragon.
A foot-tall sculpture of a bull’s head was handed over to Manhattan’s district attorney last month at Lebanon’s request, but collectors from Colorado are claiming to be its rightful owners.
The 4th-century BCE terracotta vase, attributed to the artist Python, had been on display in the museum’s Greco-Roman galleries for more than two decades.
On this week’s art crime blotter: an art analysis assignment gets a teacher suspended, new reality TV show allegedly glorifies ‘grave-robbing,’ and Justin Bieber climbs a Mayan ruin and pulls his pants down.
At the end of World War II, French soldiers confiscated a curious handwritten book from Nazi leader Hermann Göring. It listed every artwork Göring claimed to own.