Countries File Claims Against UK Museums For Return Of Artifacts

A series of high-profile restitution claims have been received by institutions including the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in recent months. They include a call from the government of Gibraltar for the return of Neanderthal remains, including the first adult skull to be discovered by scientists, and a request from Chile for the repatriation of […]

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European Parliament Calls For Overhauling EU Rules On Restitution Of Looted Art

“A sweeping resolution passed by the parliament on 17 January addresses colonial- and Nazi-era looted art, as well as art looted in recent Middle Eastern conflicts. It proposes a pan-European meta-database of looted art, funding for provenance research, the establishment of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and exemptions from statutes of limitations for Nazi-looted art claims.” […]

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Museum Of Black Civilizations In Dakar Is Major Advance In Movement To Repatriate African Art

“The museum hopes to represent all black civilizations, but the fact that it is based in Dakar is not mere coincidence. Art lives and breathes in Dakar. With its founding father and the brain-child behind this grand museum – Léopold Sédar Senghor – having been a poet, cultural theorist and leading pan-Africanist thinker, it makes […]

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One Of The Hearts Of The Met Museum’s Ancient Greek Collection Was Arguably Looted En Masse

Writer Thomas O’Dwyer makes the case that The Cesnola Collection — assembled by an impoverished Italian aristocrat who emigrated to the States, fought in the Civil War, got himself appointed consul in Ottoman Cyprus for both the U.S. and the Russian Empire, and then got himself named the Met’s director — is comparable to the […]

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