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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 of France, however, has unanimously passed a bill that could oversee the restitution of a number of objects to Benin and Senegal. If the bill, […]

Jamaica calls on British Museum to return artefacts

Amid heightening tensions concerning the repatriation of items currently residing at large institutions, Jamaica has joined the list of countries looking for the return of culturally significant items. Before Jamaica’s parliament, Olivia Grange, cultural minister of Jamaica, called on officials at the British Museum in London to return artefacts that were taken from the island […]

Could high-tech copies be the solution for the return of colonial artefacts?

“Africa is empty of its riches,” Beninese artist Thierry Oussou told the Guardian earlier this year in an interview. “When young students wish to write about the treasures of their homeland, they have to travel to France to do their research.” This was in reference to Oussou’s work, whose latest multimedia installation, Impossible Is Nothing, […]

Recent talks of repatriation may signal a new era for restitution

The repatriation of artworks is an on-going hot topic in the art world that spans multiple countries and museums. The topic could not be more complicated as nations and institutions fight to keep and take back artworks. For instance, Benin recently announced plans for a new Royal Museum. They’ve since struck a deal with the British Museum […]

The new Benin Royal Museum to see the temporary restitution of art and artifacts

European museums have consistently been tied up in issues of repatriation of artworks looted and taken from their home countries throughout history. The British Museum is one such museum housing artifacts and artworks from various places that were taken during many years of British conquest and empire. In an effort to bring artifacts home, Nigeria has […]