colonialism

In old photographs seen anew, Dor Guez brings the multiplicity of history into focus

The artist’s largest institutional show to date, at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, taps into universal themes, often by way of deeply personal images

Revolutionary Rijksmuseum exhibition reckons with Dutch colonial conflict in Indonesia

Timely show narrates Indonesia's fight for independence from the Netherlands through the life stories of 23 "eyewitnesses"

German museums foundation returns ancestral human remains in Berlin collection to Hawaii

A group of skulls is being handed over to a Native Hawaiian group during a mission this month to receive dozens of items from German and Austrian museums

What are the next challenges for cultural restitution?

The full story of colonial plundering lies not in museum displays but in unopened, uncatalogued boxes in store rooms

New report recommends Bristol’s controversial slaver statue—torn down by BLM protestors—be permanently installed in museum

After four people who toppled Edward Colston statue are acquitted, the debate over problematic public art deepens

UK Government Art Collection will review 300 works relating to slavery, colonialism and racism

Following questions by The Art Newspaper, tags stating the works were under interpretation were immediately removed from the website

Restitutionanalysis

Why Macron's radical promise to return African treasures has stalled

Four years after a landmark pledge to hand back colonial loot, French government has opposed a new restitution bill backed by the Senate

Lootnews

German museums may have thousands of looted relics from China’s Imperial Palace, research group believes

Collaborative research by major German institutions may expose huge amounts of Chinese objects taken during Boxer Rebellion

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Artist Johnny Bandura’s mural of residential school victims becomes tool for teaching Canada’s colonial legacy

Through partnerships with universities and a forthcoming showcase at the Parliament of British Columbia, Bandura’s 215 portraits are educating Canadians young and old

Belgium plans to hand back colonial loot to DR Congo

New law will set up expert commission to sift through thousands of objects at the Royal Museum for Central Africa

At a Cambridge University college wrestling with its imperial past, Shahzia Sikander’s show offers new ideas on restitution

As Jesus College confronts its ties to slavery, the Pakistani Neo-miniature artist asks whether decolonisation need necessarily be a violent process

Germany launches online portal for museum objects acquired in the colonial era

So far 25 institutions have contributed 8,000 entries; the plan is to expand it and translate it into several languages

Looted African works that France has promised to return to Benin will be shown in Paris museum for one last time

The exhibition Benin: the Restitution of 26 Works from the Royal Treasures of Abomey at Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac will be on view for five days in October

Director of slavery memorial in Guadeloupe sacked after reporting €420,000 missing from museum’s budget

Laurella Yssap-Rincon had promised to “correct the mismanagement” of the culture centre when she took the position in 2019

Humboldt Forum opens in Berlin—finally for real

After almost two years of delays, the ambitious museum complex launches its first in-person exhibitions

Visiting a historic house should be about more than just cream teas and crocuses—their full histories, however unsettling, should be told

Being told about National Trust houses' connections to slavery should not deter visitors: the complex history adds to their interest

We tackled Dutch slaving history—the Rijksmuseum's exhibition could serve as a model of its kind

The Netherlands needs to collectively examine how its past has shaped today's society, says the director of the Amsterdam museum

Crowds topple statues of Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II in Winnipeg amid anger over deaths of Indigenous children

The monuments were torn down during Canada Day celebrations, which marks the country's confederation

Belgian experts frustrated at 'lack of initiative from museums and government' call for restitution of colonial-era acquisitions

New report provides guidelines for the return of artefacts to Africa, where Belgium controlled territory that was 80 times its size

Oxford college will not remove controversial statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes

Independent commission recommends contextualising the sculpture instead

Artist Khaled Jarrar is selling handfuls of soil from Palestinian farmland—and has turned them into NFTs

The work draws attention to the desertification of agricultural land in Palestinian territory

Global survey: where in the world are the Benin bronzes?

Around 160 institutions hold looted Benin artefacts, but how many are prepared to give them back? We asked museums in five countries for their position on restitution

London’s Horniman Museum—home to 15 Benin bronzes—announces new ‘transparent procedures’ for looted object requests

South London museum has released new policies on restitution but says it will need to seek legal advice about the right to return artefacts

Restitutioninterview

Why African voices are crucial to the debate over the return of colonial loot

Senegalese art historian El Hadji Malick Ndiaye says discussions and decisions about the restitution of African artefacts cannot be dictated by the West

Louvre probes its collection for Nazi and colonial loot in massive provenance research project

Museum launches an online catalogue of 485,000 objects while curators comb through wartime acquisitions and works from former colonies

Benin bronzes: looted treasures will return to Nigeria at last

Plus, the newly discovered Van Gogh is sold and artist Rana Begum on Tess Jaray

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. with guest speakers Catherine Hickley and Martin Bailey. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Henrietta Bentall

‘The movement is unstoppable’: African scholars and activists hail German plan to return Benin bronzes

“There is simply no moral ground for the confiscation of African artefacts in Western museums,” says the Cameroonian philosopher Achille Mbembe

Marc Quinn’s BLM protestor statue could be reinstalled on Bristol plinth that held slave trader monument

Sculpture of Edward Colston was pulled down by activists last summer and will now be placed in a museum