All posts in repatriation

One lawyer’s take on returning Nazi-looted artworks: an interview with Orna Artal

Working to get an artwork back into the hands of its rightful owner, whether the rightful owner is a country or an individual, is no clear, easy science – there’s more grey area than what might meet the eye. To discuss some of the difficulties, and triumphs, that come along with repatriation, Art Critique spoke […]

Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savory respond to criticism of their repatriation report

On the heels of a November report suggesting that France immediately return African artefacts and artworks taken during the colonial period, authors Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy have found themselves defending their conclusions. After French president Emmanuel Macron commissioned the report in 2017, Sarr, and economist, and Savoy, an art historian, set to work consolidating information […]

The British Museum says it will never return the Parthenon Marbles and defends their removal as a “creative act”

The director of the British Museum has caused controversy and is facing an international backlash after defending the removal of the Parthenon marbles from Greece in the early 1800’s as “a creative act”. In an interview with the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea, Hartwig Fischer ruled out the repatriation of the 2,500 year old sculptures […]

The good, bad, and the ugly: 2018 in review

As the year draws to an end, it feels like the best time to look back at the art world’s highs and lows. So, we’ve summed 2018 up for you here. The good: Banksy, Banksy, Banksy… This year, it seems like Banksy just hasn’t stopped. Whether it was when he shredded his own artwork minutes […]

Scholars call for a Berlin centre to research and reform colonial-era heritage

A group of scholars ranging in academic focus from art history, ethnology and anthropology are calling on the German government to put in place an institute in Berlin to conduct research and policy in addressing colonial history and the enforced approach to colonial-era heritage in public collections. Originally initiated by five German scholars, the plea […]

Italian Demands the Return of a Statue, Getty says “No”

Italy’s supreme court has ruled that the Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles must return an integral part of its collection, the bronze Statue of a Victorious Youth, to Italy. The Getty was quick to fight back however, insisting no wrongdoing saying that the statue “is not and never has been part of Italy’s cultural […]

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 […]