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Antiquities looting: an ongoing crisis as well as a shameful piece of history

Western museums are, rightfully, facing increasing pressure to return art and artefacts looted during colonial times. Artefact theft is not merely a disgraceful part of the past, however, but is […]

Critics call on South Korea to change laws, keep Samsung chairman’s £1.26b art collection in the country

Lee Kun-hee, the head of the Samsung conglomerate who passed away in October of last year, amassed an impressive collection of art estimated to be worth around ₩2 trillion (£1.26 […]

“I Want To Report A Theft”: Activist Mwazulu Diyabanza tells his own story in new episode of Resistance

A year ago, you might not have been aware of a man by the name of Mwazulu Diyabanza. But that all changed last summer when Diyabanza made a name for […]

Piet Mondrian focus of restitution lawsuit and new conservation research

Dutch modernist Piet Mondrian, known for his striking colour block paintings, has made headlines twice recently. Once for a repatriation lawsuit involving a German museum and a second time for […]

French National Assembly approves restitution bill to return 26 artefacts to Benin and Senegal

In recent years, France has grappled with how to handle its vast collection of more than 90,000 African artefacts, many of which were stolen during colonial times. The National Assembly […]

Activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza faces trial in Paris after taking restitution into his own hands

Before June, people, particularly in the museum world, were probably unfamiliar with Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza. However, the 41-year-old Congolese activist now faces a series of court dates, the first of […]

Howard University sues South Carolina couple over work by Charles White

Works by Charles White, a renowned African-American artist, have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years as more and more collectors and museums have taken interest. The late artist’s […]