African art

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TEFAF Maastricht 2019

Savoy-Sarr report fails to dent tribal market, says Tefaf exhibitor

Didier Claes, who was consulted for the restitution report commissioned by French president Emmanuel Macron, says it has invigorated the market for African art

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African art

Brooklyn Museum's detective work reveals original owners of African mask

Family elders give blessing to new exhibition of Yorùbá masquerade costume, stolen from Nigerian shrine room 70 years ago

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Restitution

Nigeria calls for return of Lander Stool from the British Museum

Woodcarving was taken from the African country in 1830 by the UK explorer Richard Lander

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Exhibitions

A careful collector’s gift of African objects and Modern art is celebrated in Detroit

New exhibition is dedicated to Margaret Demant—a passionate booster of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection

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Exhibitions

When Saharan sands glittered with gold: how the world's largest desert was a major medieval trade route

New exhibition at the Block Museum of Art looks at the artefacts that flowed through the region assisted by the spread of Islam

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African art

Africa’s pre-colonial ‘crown jewels’ to find a home in new South African museum

Javett Art Centre at University of Pretoria will display 800-year-old gold collection excavated in the 1930s

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Restitution

The repatriation debate intensifies as calls for post-colonial restitution grow—but is it legal?

Recommendations from Savoy-Sarr report into restitution by French museums may contravene the country’s laws

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Cultural policy

'Give Africa its art back', Macron's report says

A new report on the status of African objects in French museums will urge the president to return works taken “without consent” in the colonial period

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Art market

Frieze 2018 reveals strong UK-South African ties

South African artists are enjoying a growth in overseas interest, as seen in London this month

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Restitution

Returning looted African art is as urgent as giving back works stolen by the Nazis

Congolese-born art collector Sindika Dokolo says this "long-neglected historical wrong" is finally being addressed—but more can be done

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African art

Contested Asante trophy head to shine in new Wallace room

Seized during the Ashanti war and long held by the London museum, the prized Ghanaian work is to be displayed in a new permanent gallery

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Restitution

Angola recovers six artefacts looted from museum during civil war

Dundo Museum's lost objects were traced by the Sindika Dokolo Foundation

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Exhibitions

The futuristic architecture that emerged from Mobutu’s Kinshasa comes to MoMA

First US survey of Bodys Isek Kingelez shows how his sculptures addressed urban, social and economic concerns in Congo

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Looted art

Hamburg museum says its Benin bronzes could return to Nigeria—but not yet

Applied arts institution is showing the sculptures in a looted art exhibition

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Loot

Will the British Museum lend Nigeria the Benin bronzes?

Planned museum in Benin City offers safe environment for Western collections, the country says

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Museums

Norval Foundation near Cape Town opens months after launch of city's Zeitz museum

Staff from Africa's first mega museum have defected to the new private institution

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Art Dubai 2018

Is interest in African art on the rise in the Middle East?

An increased presence of African galleries at this edition of Art Dubai could signify a flourishing regional market

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Art market

Can Marrakech's 1-54 art fair step into the breach of city's cancelled biennial?

New fair brings contemporary African art home, but jury is out as to whether a commercial event can replace a government funded biennial

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Art market

Object lessons: a Surrealist ménage à trois, a Yoruba princess and a rare Futurist painting

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Museums

Marrakech museum boosts Africa’s burgeoning art scene

Macaal’s international launch coincides with city’s first 1-54 Contemporary African Art fair

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African art

Paris's Dapper Foundation stalls talks over Cameroonian sculpture

Known as the Bangwa Queen, the object was either given to or looted by the German colonial agent Gustav Conrau

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Museums

How Egypt is destroying Cairo and civil society

The pharaonic new museum will not make up for misguided policies

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African art

Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris is ready to return African art

Head of the ethnographic institution applauds President Macron’s pledge to hand back African cultural heritage

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The Year In Review

From VR masterpieces to PR disasters: 2017's ups and downs

The Art Newspaper team assesses the art world's fortunes in a turbulent year

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Restitution

'We need to confront uncomfortable truths about European colonial appropriation'

Nicholas Thomas, professor of historical anthropology at Cambridge University, on the French President's statements about African artefacts

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Museums

Marrakech bids to become hub for contemporary African art as museum plans relaunch alongside 1:54 fair

Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden will hold "international opening" in February

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Musée Dapper, Paris museum specialising in African art, to shut up shop

High costs and low footfall put end to non-profit institution

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Venture capitalist Jean Pigozzi plans foundation to house huge contemporary African art collection

Works from his 10,000-strong holdings are on show in extensive survey at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

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Auctions

Sotheby’s first Modern and contemporary African art sale set to be a record-breaker

London auction includes 60 artists from 14 countries across the continent, with several making their debut

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Collectors

Will former Frieze chairman Robert Devereux’s collection of art from Africa and the diaspora return to the continent?

As the first public show of the work opens in the UK, the former Virgin partner says he is looking for an “appropriate recipient” for donation