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Benin’s Looted Bronzes Are All Over the Western World. Here Are 7 Museums That Hold Over 2000 of the Famed Sculptures

Read full article including photographs at: news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-restitution-1322807 news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-restitution-1322807 July 27, 2018 Art World As talks continue between the UK and Nigeria over Benin Bronzes, we survey the institutions that hold the majority of these African treasures. Kate Brown, July 27, 2018 Nigeria recently gave signals that it may accept the loan of Benin Bronzes in the collections…

Kwame Opoku – WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK: SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN?

WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK:  SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN? “There was a dim grandeur about it all, and also these seemed to a fate. Here was this head center of iniquity, spared by us from its suitable end of burning for the sake of holding…

Looted artefacts, imperialist statues: is repatriation and removal the answer?

Looted artefacts, imperialist statues: is repatriation and removal the answer? Carmen Fishwick and Guardian readersMonday 22 February 2016 13.29 GMT Cambridge University students have voted that a bronze cockerel looted from Benin in 1897 is to be repatriated from Jesus hall, Cambridge University, to Nigeria. Ore Ogunbiyi, the JCSU racial equalities officer behind the campaign, wrote…

Kwame Opoku – BENIN PLAN OF ACTION: WILL THIS MISERABLE DOCUMENT BE THE LAST WORD ON THE LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS

BENIN PLAN OF ACTION: WILL THIS MISERABLE DOCUMENT BE THE LAST WORD ON THE LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS http://www.museum-security.org/BENIN_PLAN_OF_ACTION(2)_WILL_THIS_MISERABLE_PROJECT_BE_THE_LAST_WORD_ON_THE_LOOTED_BENIN_ARTEFACTS.htm March 11, 2013 “BENIN PLAN OF ACTION” (2): WILL THIS MISERABLE PROJECT BE THE LAST WORD ON THE LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS? “There was a dim grandeur about it all, and also these seemed to a fate. Here…

WILL BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS RETURN LOOTED BENIN BRONZES

WILL BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS RETURN LOOTED BENIN BRONZES http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_boston_return.htm January 6, 2013         The public interest must surely be in upholding the rule of law, rather than promoting an international free-for-all through the unrestricted circulation of tainted works of art. Do we really wish to educate our children to have…

Kwame Opoku – HORNIMAN MUSEUM AND THE RESTITUTION OF BENIN BRONZES

HORNIMAN MUSEUM AND THE RESTITUTION OF BENIN BRONZES http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_horniman.htm August 29, 2011 LOOTED NIGERIAN BENIN BRONZES IN HORNIMAN MUSEUM, LONDON. The exhibition is showcasing some of the works that made Benin (Nigeria) famous. It once again, reminds the world of a civilization truncated by the imperial forces of the colonialist. The works on show at this…

Dutch Museum to sell African Collection

Dutch Museum to sell African Collection http://www.museum-security.org/Kwame_Opoku_dutch_museum_to_sell_african_collection.htm August 23, 2011 Dutch Museum to sell African Collection “We are going to sell the entire Africa collection and the Americas collection, and will only keep the top pieces in the rest of our collection so we can focus on Asian art,”.  Stanley Bremer, Director at Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam.…

PHILADELPHIA SHOP OWNER CHARGED IN AFRICAN ELEPHANT IVORY SMUGGLING INVESTIGATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2011 PRESS RELEASE PHILADELPHIA SHOP OWNER CHARGED IN AFRICAN ELEPHANT IVORY SMUGGLING INVESTIGATION Federal Agents Seize Approximately One Ton of Elephant Ivory BROOKLYN, NY – The owner of a Philadelphia African art store, Victor Gordon, was arrested earlier today on charges of conspiracy, smuggling and Lacey Act violations related to…

Kwame Opoku – FRANCO-NIGERIAN AGREEMENT ON LOOTED/STOLEN NOK SCULPTURE

  museum-security.orghttp://www.museum-security.org/opoku_nok_july2011.htm FRANCO-NIGERIAN AGREEMENT ON LOOTED/STOLEN NOK SCULPTURE REVISITING LOOTED NIGERIAN NOK TERRACOTTA  SCULPTURES IN LOUVRE / MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY, PARIS “His attitude is dishonourable. I regret that Nigeria was weak enough to accept to sign an agreement in order to give an appearance of legality to this acquisition. But above all, the fault lies…

Saving Antiquities for Everyone-Looted memorial statues returned to Kenyan family

Saving Antiquities for Everyone-Looted memorial statues returned to Kenyan family M. Udvardy Ancestral memorial statues (vigango) erected by the Mijikenda peoples of Kenya are frequently stolen and sold to international art dealers. During the summer of 2007, the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) returned two vigango, which had been in the collections of two American…

allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Protect Sculptors From Piracy

allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Protect Sculptors From Piracy source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201106210634.html June 22, 2011 Tony Monda 20 June 2011 opinion Whilst there has been much talk about pirated videos, CDs, DVDs and musical recordings locally, the same cannot be said about the visual arts. This article is written in response to various complaints from Zimbabwean sculptors about their…

Senegal – Objets archéologiques volés pendant la colonisation : Le vice-recteur de l’Ucad réclame leur retour

Profitant du congrès des archéologues, Serigne Ndiaye, vice-président de l’Assemblée de l’Ucad, a réclamé le retour sur le sol africain des objets archéologiques et historiques pillés pendant la période coloniale. ‘La bataille de l’Afrique, aujourd’hui, est de préserver son identité et sa mémoire, mais aussi de se moderniser pour aller de l’avant. Cette préservation de…

Kwame Opoku – BARBIER-MUELLER MUSEUM SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH TANZANIA TO RETURN STOLEN MAKONDE MASK

We reproduce below an ICOM Press Release on an agreement signed on 10 May 2010 between Tanzania and the Geneva Museum Barbier-Mueller on the return of a Makonde mask which had been stolen from the National Museum of Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam in 1984. Readers should not be misled by the title of the…

Is Tudor Parfitt a fraud or is he? Take the ngoma back to "civilisation"

Watch, and make up your mind: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/23406793#23406793 Just a few quotes: I found the Ngoma (the Ark of the Covenant) in the Harare Museum, and they do not know what they have (curators in African museums are not ignorant cave dwellers. TC) I could have bought it but that would not have been ethic (In…

Revisiting the 1897 destruction of Benin

Revisiting the 1897 destruction of Benin http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/ArtsandCulture/Art/5548049-147/story.csp By Akintayo Abodunrin April 3, 2010 07:22PM The looting of African artefacts and the ceaseless calls for their repatriation will take centre stage when ‘Benin1897.com: Art and the Restitution Question’, a solo travelling exhibition by artist, Peju Layiwola, opens. The exhibition, being organised to mark Nigeria’s 50th anniversary,…

The scramble for Africa’s treasures

The scramble for Africa’s treasures http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/Opinion/Editorial/5543892-148/story.csp The history of the African continent is littered with the exploits of plunderers. Slave traders – local and foreign – held sway for centuries, carting multitudes of Africans across the Atlantic, to plantations in the Americas and elsewhere. When the slave trade went out of fashion, the land grab…

IS THE DECLARATION ON THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF THE “UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS” NOW WORTHLESS? COMMENTS ON IMPERIALIST MUSEOLOGY

IS THE DECLARATION ON THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF THE “UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS” NOW WORTHLESS? COMMENTS ON IMPERIALIST MUSEOLOGY “If museums were capable of helping to devise and communicate a universal perspective on cultural values which achieves credibility and currency outside western cultural elites, they would indeed make an  invaluable contribution to global society.” Mark O’…

Kwame Opoku – A HISTORY OF THE WORLD WITH 100 LOOTED OBJECTS OF OTHERS: GLOBAL INTOXICATION?

“What few people realise is that MacGregor’s activities on behalf of the British Museum, although dressed up as a laudable didactic mission of public enlightenment and edification, are actually part of a more urgent project to protect the beleaguered edifice that is the Encyclopaedic Museum in Europe and North America.”   Tom Flynn (1) Oba…

FRANCE RETURNS LOOTED ARTEFACTS TO NIGERIA: BEGINNING OF A LONG PROCESS OR AN ISOLATED ACT?

According to a report in the Nigerian Compass reproduced below, the French Government has returned to the Nigerian Government two artefacts looted during the colonial days. This is good news. We have in various articles demonstrated the illegality, the illegitimacy and the immorality of detaining the cultural artefacts of others against their consent, whether the…

France returns Nigerian artifacts

FRIDAY, 29 JANUARY 2010 00:00 NIGERIAN COMPASS THERE are indications that Nigeria’s efforts to repatriate some of it’s stolen artifacts have started yielding dividends as officials of the French government handed over to Nigeria two artifacts dated over 400 years which were unlawfully taken away from the country during the colonial times. The works which…

Kwame Opoku – WHERE THE ROSETTA STONE BELONGS MAY NOT BE SET IN STONE BUT IS STATED IN DOCUMENTS: ROSETTA, EGYPT.

WHERE THE ROSETTA STONE BELONGS MAY NOT BE SET IN STONE BUT IS STATED IN DOCUMENTS: ROSETTA, EGYPT. “The time has come when the British Museum should recognise the change in relative status between Britain and the rest of the world. We are no longer the imperial masters and increasingly need to build constructive working…

Preserving the cultural heritage of Ghana [Do we have an ‘Acquisition’s of (Heritage) Arts team in Ghana?]….

Preserving the cultural heritage of Ghana [Do we have an ‘Acquisition’s of (Heritage) Arts team in Ghana?]…. Feast your eyes on the following art treasures –they hail from Ghana. Wouldn’t it be amazing to own a piece of Ghanaian history –or better still, wouldn’t it be great if these treasures were back in Ghana -where…

FRANCE'S surprise hand-over of four fragments of an ancient tomb mural to Egyptian antiquities authorities recently makes art authorities around the world pop questions about Nigeria's steep in the nitty-gritty of art politics.

France’s return of Egyptian artefacts reawakes repatriation debate FRANCE’S surprise hand-over of four fragments of an ancient tomb mural to Egyptian antiquities authorities recently makes art authorities around the world pop questions about Nigeria’s steep in the nitty-gritty of art politics. Probes about what the Nigerian government in the campaign to retreive its thousands of antiques…

Kwame Opoku – RETURN OF THE ROSETTA STONE TO EGYPT: LIMITS TO THE GREED OF THE SELF-STYLED UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS.

“Generally speaking, it is clear that cultural property is most important to the people who created it or for whom it was created or whose particular identity and history is bound up with it. This cannot be compared with the scholastic or even inspirational influence on those who merely acquire such objects or materials. The…

Kwame Opoku – NEFERTITI, IDIA, TIYE AND OTHERS REVISITED: NEFERTITI IN SPLENDID ISOLATION?

NEFERTITI, IDIA, TIYE AND OTHERS REVISITED: NEFERTITI IN SPLENDID ISOLATION? “The history of the bust of Nefertiti shows very clearly how hollow it can sound when Germans and other Europeans refer to legal principles in relation to the “Third World.” Gert von Paczensky and Herbert Ganslymayr The intensive and extensive publicity surrounding the re-opening of…

Looting Mali's History. As demand for its antiquities soars, the West African country is losing its most prized artifacts to illegal sellers and smugglers

Looting Mali’s History As demand for its antiquities soars, the West African country is losing its most prized artifacts to illegal sellers and smugglers • By Joshua Hammer • Photographs by Aaron Huey • Smithsonian magazine, November 2009 I’m sitting in the courtyard of a mud-walled compound in a village in central Mali, 40 miles…

HAWASS REQUESTS ROSETTA STONE: WILL BRITISH MUSEUM MAKE A BOLD CONCILIATORY GESTURE?

In an article entitled Egypt asks British Museum for the Rosetta Stone after Louvre victory, the British Daily Telegraph reports that soon after the Louvre has agreed to return the stolen frescoes, Zahi Hawass, the dynamic Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities has asked the British Museum for a loan of the Rosetta Stone.…

CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting fragments.

Egypt battling for more relics after Louvre success CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting fragments. “It is the Egyptian people’s right to see works of art from their country’s civilisation,” said Abdel Halim Nureddin, a former head…

Nairobi ˜ Underfunding and shortage of professionals are the main hurdles facing conservation of world heritage sites in sub-Saharan Africa, experts say.

Heritage of Alms – Sad Plight of Sub-Saharan States http://allafrica.com/stories/200910120117.html Nairobi ˜ Underfunding and shortage of professionals are the main hurdles facing conservation of world heritage sites in sub-Saharan Africa, experts say. Due to inadequate funding by the concerned countries, conservationists rely on external donors to implement projects such as conservation of natural, cultural, immovable,…

CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting fragments.

Egypt battling for more relics after Louvre success By Ines Bel Aiba (AFP) – 2 hours ago CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting fragments. “It is…

Kwame Opoku: RECOVERING NIGERIA’S TERRACOTTA

It is now five months since the issue of looted African was raised in connection with the exhibition entitled “African Terra Cotta: a Millenary Heritage”, at the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva and brought to the attention of all concerned. (1) A group of renowned scholars alleged that many of the objects on display had been looted…

Kwame Opoku: ZAHI HAWASS STRIKES AGAIN

ZAHI HAWASS STRIKES AGAIN Whether you like Zahi Hawass or not, there is no denying that the dynamic Secretary-General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities is a serious man wholly dedicated to his work and determined to restore to Egypt the various cultural artefacts which were stolen in the heyday of Western imperialism and…

Nairobi ˜ Inadequate funding by African countries has hampered efforts to save world heritage sites on the continent, according to a leading conservationist.

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property director-general Mounir Bouchnaki said conservation of heritage sites would not be sustainable if African states continue to rely on donor funding. Dr Bouchnaki, who was speaking at The Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CDHA) 11th Africa 2009 for museum directors Mombasa,…

Conservationists Call for Protection of Endangered Heritage Sites in Africa. Africa is host to the largest number of sites named as endangered by the United Nations.

Conservationists Call for Protection of Endangered Heritage Sites in Africa By Alan Boswell  Nairobi 03 September 2009   Representatives from around Africa gather in Nairobi this week to seek new ways of protecting World Heritage Sites threatened by conflict and political instability on the continent.  Africa is host to the largest number of sites named…

Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues – and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture. Interpol, the international law-enforcement agency, noted that the objects were being "systematically stolen" and that Africa's heritage was under threat from thieves. UNESCO finally put the sculptures on a list of objects that were illegal to import or export.

German Archaeologists Labor To Solve Mystery Of The Nok 2009-08-21 Posted By: Intellpuke Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues – and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture.  Half a ton of pottery shards is…

Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues – and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture. Interpol, the international law-enforcement agency, noted that the objects were being "systematically stolen" and that Africa's heritage was under threat from thieves. UNESCO finally put the sculptures on a list of objects that were illegal to import or export.

German Archaeologists Labor To Solve Mystery Of The Nok 2009-08-21 Posted By: Intellpuke Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues – and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture.  Half a ton of pottery shards is…

Librarians On Loan To Kenya

By BETHE DUFRESNE Special to The Courant 4:49 PM EDT, August 21, 2009 NAIROBI, Kenya Books are in short supply everywhere in Kenya, and that’s tough on a population of avid readers. But in its five years of existence, American Friends of Kenya has done more than donate 150,000 books. It has helped libraries organize…

WOULD WESTERN MUSEUMS RETURN LOOTED OBJECTS IF NIGERIA AND OTHER AFRICAN STATES WERE RULED BY ANGELS? RESTITUTION AND CORRUPTION

 Corruption, like tango, requires two partners.  A seminal study by Peju Layiwola, dealt with the question of the cultural memory of a people whose development has been brutally interrupted and their cultural objects seized by a foreign invader. (1) In the specific case of Benin, the British seized more than 3000 artefacts during their nefarious…

WHO OWNS AFRICA’S CULTURAL PATRIMONY?

Call For Papers Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture Fall 2010 WHO OWNS AFRICA’S CULTURAL PATRIMONY? Critical Interventions invites submissions for a special issue on the question of Africa’s cultural patrimony in Western museums, especially in the context of recent international debates about repatriation of historical artworks relocated from one culture to…

call for papers, "Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture", on Cultural Property from Africa

  Cultural Property and Africa Posted: 14 Aug 2009 03:07 AM PDT There is a call for papers, “Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture“, on Cultural Property from Africa: We seek papers that posit or contest African ownership of its cultural patrimony in the dual contexts of the relationship between African…

call for papers, "Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture", on Cultural Property from Africa

  Cultural Property and Africa Posted: 14 Aug 2009 03:07 AM PDT There is a call for papers, “Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture“, on Cultural Property from Africa: We seek papers that posit or contest African ownership of its cultural patrimony in the dual contexts of the relationship between African…

Kwame Opoku: DO DIRECTORS OF “UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS” EVER LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE?

DO DIRECTORS OF “UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS” EVER LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE?  It appears legitimate to question whether the directors of “universal museums” ever learn from experience. When we read the books and articles of James Cuno, Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, Neal MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, and Philippe de Montebello, former Director of…

WASHINGTON — Although water pressure in two city fire hydrants was less than 20 percent of what it should have been, city officials said Friday that that was not the reason firefighters could not save a home that contained one of the country’s largest private collections of African-American art.

August 8, 2009 Art Collection Burns, and Officials Offer Reasons By IAN URBINA WASHINGTON — Although water pressure in two city fire hydrants was less than 20 percent of what it should have been, city officials said Friday that that was not the reason firefighters could not save a home that contained one of the…

La ética de la adquisición / about museums and acquisition ethics

  La ética de la adquisición Alexis Figueredo Rebelión En el año 1970 se reunió en París un grupo de expertos, con el objetivo de hacer un estudio “consciente” relacionado con los museos y “las reglas éticas de adquisición”. Del resultado de este encuentro salió la adopción de resoluciones basadas en los siguientes principios: “Whatever…

Bronze R30000 statue stolen from KWT

Bronze R30000 statue stolen from KWT FLASHBACK: Three-times former world boxing champion Vuyani Bhungu with the statue of his great grandmother, Prophetess Nonthetha Nkwenke, which is now missing. Picture: MICHAEL PINYANA 2009/08/06  A STATUE of Prophetess Nonthetha Nkwenke has disappeared from outside the King William’s Town Magistrates Court – and police didn’t even know it…

Le pharaon business de Zahi Hawass

Par Delphine Saubaber, Tangi Salaün, publié le 01/08/2009 10:00 – mis à jour le 01/08/2009 18:46 Gardien d’une civilisation perdue et star médiatique, le tout-puissant patron du Conseil suprême des antiquités a la haute main sur les fouilles archéologiques. Il s’est juré de rendre l’égyptologie aux Egyptiens. Ses détracteurs l’accusent de manquer de rigueur scientifique.…