Nigeria

Interview
Art market

Abuja, Miami, Seoul: gallery director Dolly Kola-Balogun maps out her path to African art’s world domination

The 27-year-old powerhouse founder of Retro Africa talks about her expansion plans and how she is helping to build a contemporary art scene in Nigeria

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Benin Bronzes

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

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Restitution

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

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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

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Benin Bronzes

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

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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

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Restitution

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

Interview
Exhibitions

Humboldt Forum to show Britain’s 1897 violence and plunder in Benin exhibition next year

The exhibition will include around half of Berlin’s collection of Benin bronzes as Germany lays groundwork to return them to Nigeria

Podcast

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

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Restitution

‘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

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Art fairs

In Nigeria, art is spreading the word about police brutality

Opening online today, Art X Lagos fair to show more than 100 works about #EndSARS protests

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Museums

First look at David Adjaye's planned museum for Benin City

Ghanaian-born London architect is working with the British Museum and Nigerian organisations to show “the most comprehensive display in the world of Benin Bronzes”

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Protests

Art X Lagos fair supports frontline photographers in Nigeria who are documenting anti-police brutality protests

Images capturing unrest will be shown during the next edition of the fair

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Fakes & copies

'Stolen' ancient sculpture returned to Nigeria is 'the kind of fake you could buy on eBay', African art expert says

Countries' rush to restitute objects is part of the problem, says Belgian lawyer

Review
Art market

Art X Lagos 'pursues own mandate' as fair doubles in size

In its fourth edition, Nigerian event exhibits artists from 24 countries but maintains a focus on West Africa and growing local collector base

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Nigeria

Yoruba prince donates more than 1,000 works of art to establish university museum in Nigeria

Yemisi Shyllon hopes other Nigerian collectors will follow his example and help found teaching museums that promote art education

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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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Nigeria plans museum for art looted from Benin

Benin Dialogue Group announces three-year schedule for new Royal Museum to display looted objects now in European collections

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Frieze New York

On the road, from Iraq to Germany

The Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K on migration and contemporary politics

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Looting

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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In the frame

Did the Krays have a hand in lost sculptures case?

Archive
Africa

African collectors share the wealth as private museums proliferate

Theo Danjuma proposes a non-profit gallery in one of his father's hotels in Lagos. In South Africa, a $45m contemporary art museum is underway

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Benin Bronzes

Museum of Fine Arts Boston gets Benin’s royal blessing over bronzes display

The educational display of objects, many captured during a punitive raid in 1897, have the approval of the king of Benin himself

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Restitution

Road map agreed to return Benin bronzes—on loan

Leading institutions absent from meeting in Nigeria to foster international co-operation

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Benin Bronzes

Leading institutions absent from meeting in Nigeria to foster international co-operation over Benin bronzes

No US museums were represented at the meeting.

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Benin Bronzes

Lehman gift of Benin treasures to Museum of Fine Arts angers Nigeria

Works looted by the British and reassembled by banking heir find permanent home in Boston

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Benin Bronzes

Benin bronzes finally united in Viennese comprehensive exhibition

Major show at the Museum für Völkerkunde includes loans from current Oba

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Benin Bronzes

Appeals are made to Buckingham Palace to return gifted Benin bronze taken from Lagos Museum

Nigerian premier had given it to The Queen on 1973 State visit

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Benin Bronzes

How The Queen came to own a Lagos museum piece

The Nigerian Head of State raided a museum to present her with a Benin bronze in 1973

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Restitution

Don’t return artefacts to Nigeria, says expert

Leading expert on Nigerian antiquities warns that government and museum officials in the country are involved with the illicit trade of artefacts to the West

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Benin Bronzes

Stolen Benin bronze found in Zürich

Stolen from Jos, Nigeria, Benin bronze turns up in Zürich auction house