Restitution

Another UK museum will return a Benin bronze to Nigeria

Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle seeks "proactive repatriation" after "forceful removal" by British troops in 1897

Cameroonian provenance researchers denied visas for Munich conference

The researchers are investigating the origins of 200 artefacts from Cameroon at Munich’s Museum Fünf Kontinente

Decolonising museums, embracing 'Green Culture' and boosting arts funding: Germany’s new culture minister reveals plans

Claudia Roth says she will rethink Humboldt Forum and set up a central “green culture” desk in the country

Nigeria seeks to calm tensions over return of Benin bronzes

Government museums body takes control of repatriated artefacts after ruler of Benin challenges new trust set up to unify Nigerian claimants

Austria takes first step to return artefacts from colonial era

Though country was not a colonial power, major museums in Vienna have acquisitions of colonial goods

Your move, British Museum: Sicily sends back Parthenon fragment to Athens

Acropolis Museum director says the move could pave the way for reunification of works held in London

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

Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece, former UK culture minister says

In podcast interview, Ed Vaizey supports restitution but outlines the complex arguments around the debate

Swiss museum to part with 29 works from Gurlitt trove suspected of being Nazi loot

Kunstmuseum Bern announces results of in-depth provenance investigation of controversial 2014 bequest

From NFTs to LFTs: 2021's biggest art stories—and what they mean

The Art Newspaper team picks apart this year’s most important developments, from demands for colonial restitution to the return of culture wars

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Hamburg shows its Benin artefacts before restituting them to Nigeria

Ethnological museum in the port city has one of Germany's largest collections of Benin treasures

Swiss parliament urged to take action on Nazi-looted art amid Kunsthaus Zurich controversy

Zurich museum's displays of the collection of arms dealer Emil Georg Bührle have prompted criticism and a national debate

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

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC plans to return looted Benin cockerel to Nigeria

The museum is “eager to work with the relevant parties in Nigeria” to restitute the sculpture

Declassified: secret papers reveal UK government's stance on Parthenon Marbles dispute

Newly released documents from the 1990s state: "This is an issue on which we can never win"

The Met repatriates looted Benin works

Two 16th century brass plaques and a 14th century Ife head have been returned to Nigeria

Colonial loot restitution debate enters UK parliament with new committee on African reparations

An all-party parliamentary group headed by the MP for Streatham aims to “start a discussion and educate people”

Oxford University lists 145 looted Benin objects in collections

The director of the Pitt Rivers Museum says the report is a step in the restitution process

Boris Johnson says British Museum trustees must decide fate of the Parthenon Marbles

The British Prime Minister met with Greek leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who reiterates that the ancient sculptures should be shown at the Acropolis Museum

Greek prime minister ramps up demands for return of Parthenon Marbles

Kyriakos Mitsotakis wants to send ‘cultural treasures’ in exchange for ‘stolen’ sculptures

Smithsonian Museum of African Art removes Benin bronzes from display and plans to repatriate them

“We cannot build for the future without making our best effort at healing the wounds of the past,” the museum’s director says

MuseumsComment

In returning an ancient gold ewer to Turkey, the UK's Gilbert Trust made the right decision

The Anatolian artefact had been on long-term loan to London's Victoria & Albert Museum, although not on display. Restitution is a complex issue, but in this case it was the right move

Museums face pressure to explain presence of Cambodian relics linked to disgraced dealer Douglas Latchford

Expert says there is a "long list of returns expected from museums", as Cambodia cites new evidence of war-time looting

Ancient gold ewer returned to Turkey after V&A expert links it to illicit antiquities trade

The piece was part of the Gilbert Collection which is not bound by the same legal restrictions around deaccessioning as the London museum

BeninNews

Benin pushes for 'full restitution' as 26 looted objects destined to return to the country go on show at the Quai Branly in Paris

A farewell exhibition, due to be visited by French President Emmanuel Macron this week, is being hosted at the French museum. But the West African nation is "not satisfied" with the partial restitution

Berlin museum restitutes—and then buys back—Nazi-looted Pissarro painting

The work was bought by Armand Dorville, a Jewish lawyer, but his heirs were forced to sell it at an auction in France

Italian police recovers Nazi-looted drawings offered online

The Cavedone studies were among 750 drawings plundered from the Czech villa of Arthur Feldmann, a Jewish lawyer who died in the Holocaust

Restitution—what’s really going on?

Returning objects to their original homes is a way of righting past wrongs. But there's more to it than that

Two veteran lawyers from New York's Herrick Feinstein create new firm, Kaye Spiegler—and save on moving fees

The boutique firm will continue to work from the same offices, but wants to take on riskier contingency cases

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

Maqdala treasures looted by British troops returned to Ethiopia in 'largest single restitution'

At the ceremony in London, the Ethiopian ambassador renewed calls for museums to return Maqdala objects

Amsterdam to return Kandinsky sold under Nazi occupation to heirs

The decision ends a bitter dispute that damaged the reputation of Dutch restitution policy

Looted 2,700-year-old bricks—discovered in Swiss warehouse—are returned to Iran

Before the discovery of the more than 50 painted blocks, “the richness of Mannaean civilisation had not been appreciated”, expert says

Dusseldorf exhibition on Jewish dealer Max Stern finally opens next month—but former backers want nothing to do with it

A previous version of the show was due to open in 2018, but was cancelled at short notice. Now it is being shunned.

‘Slap in the face’: Poland passes law effectively blocking Holocaust-era art restitutions

Lawyers and collectors weigh in on new rule that sets a 30-year limit on claims to property that was stolen by Nazis and Communist leaders

National Gallery of Australia to return 13 stolen objects to India that it bought from disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor

"The decision to return the works is the culmination of years of research and due diligence," the Canberra museum says

German Nazi loot panel rejects heirs' claim for Lovis Corinth portrait, keeping it in Berlin’s Stadtmuseum

The commission said the work's history touches four families who had been “oppressed, robbed, deported, driven to flee or murdered”

Italy passes restitution resolution amid renewed calls for return of the 'Victorious Youth' bronze from Getty Museum

Italian senate approved resolution that could pave the way to restitutions as politicians call for return of Ancient Greek bronze also known as Atleta di Fano

French museums face fresh legal action over refusal to restitute works to Jewish families

Collection of the lawyer and collector Armand Isaac Dorville was sold after his death in an estate sale that the state argues was not forced

Berlin museums board agrees to relinquish Benin bronzes 'regardless of how they were acquired'

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation aims for the first restitutions to Nigeria next year, requests “detailed timetable” for negotiations

Will the Queen return her Benin bronze? How the African treasure was looted not once, but twice

The 17th-century oba head was plucked from the Nigerian National Museum and given to Elizabeth II as a thank-you gift

The Met will return two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

The Benin Court plaques donated in 1991 with more than 150 other works, have been deaccessioned, while a third object, an Ife Head offered for purchase, will instead be restituted

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

Don’t trash talk museums at this perilous time: we must adapt—not throw away—our cultural heritage

Cultural institutions—like religious buildings—can be spaces of good and harm, we cannot simply denounce their histories as one or the other, says museum director Nicholas Thomas

Germany launches African museum exchange programme to discuss returning looted objects

New government initiative MuseumsLab aims to foster more international co-operation and consider topics including decolonisation and restitution

Germany pledges to return Benin bronzes to Nigeria starting in 2022

“We are facing up to our historical and moral responsibility”, says culture minister Monika Grütters

Scottish university claims Benin bronze bought for £750 is worth £500,000—but is that now really the case?

Aberdeen University is returning its looted 18th-century oba head to the Nigerian federal government

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

'We've had a lot of museums reaching out': how Nigeria is getting ready to receive the world’s Benin bronzes

With institutions across the globe rethinking their views on restitution, the African country’s focus is now on making a home for its heritage

Museum extension allows Indigenous Sámi people to welcome home more than 2,000 artefacts held in Finland

An exhibition at the National Museum of Finland will celebrate the objects' repatriation to the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida in northern Lapland

Dutch museum settles with Jewish businessman's heirs on painting sold in Nazi era, defying government panel

The agreement overturns the Restitution Committee's 2013 rejection of the claim, which argued the painting was worth more to the museum than the heirs

UCLA’s Fowler Museum to reach out to Nigeria about returning its Benin bronzes

As restitution momentum builds, director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art says it could lead discussions for the return of looted Benin objects in US museum collections

After major Klimt restitution by France, another work still vexes Vienna

Apple Tree II, once confused for Roses Under the Trees, was returned to the wrong family 20 years ago, leaving the heirs of its original owner facing huge obstacles to get it back

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