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Category: Dr. Kwame Opoku writings about looted cultural objects

Kwame Opoku – LOOTED ETHIOPIAN TABOT CONCEALED PERMANENTLY IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, LONDON. IS THERE SOMEWHERE A MINIMUM SENSE OF SHAME?

toncremers.nl/LOOTED ETHIOPIAN TABOT CONCEALED PERMANENTLY IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.html   Questions of restitution of looted artefacts often take us to strange places and directions but the report of the concealed looted Ethiopian tabot took us to a place many would have heard about even if they have never been there, mainly because most important activities of…

Kwame Opoku – GERMANY’S ANSWER TO MACRON ON RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS: GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING COLONIAL ARTEFACTS?

“When I now look at the source and history of individual collections and objects in the Übersee-Museum Bremen which I represent here and try to trace back, then I must say that abysses will be opened up; not that the objects were appropriated with violence as in Benin. There are other possibilities of illegal acquisition;…

Kwame Opoku – ‘WE WILL RETURN LOOTED AND STOLEN OBJECTS’: PARZINGER’S MIRACULOUS CHANGE OR CULTIVATED MISUNDERSTANDING?

‘The vicissitudes of history have nevertheless robbed many peoples of a priceless portion of this inheritance in which their enduring identity finds its embodiment… The peoples who were victims of this plunder, sometimes for hundreds of years, have not only been despoiled of irreplaceable masterpieces but also robbed of a memory which would doubtless have…

Kwame Opoku – LOAN OF LOOTED ETHIOPIAN TREASURES TO ETHIOPIA: MUST EUROPEANS ALWAYS WIN?

‘From this scene I strolled away to the northern gate, to where the dead body of the late Master of Magdala lay, on his canvas stretcher. I found a mob of officers and men, rudely jostling each other in the endeavour to get possession of a small piece of Theodore’s blood-stained shirt. No guard was…

Kwame Opoku – OBVIOUSLY LOOTED: BENIN BRONZES IN MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, HAMBURG, GERMANY.

‘Hamburg was the place where the first Benin bronzes arrived towards the end of the 19th century and Hamburg could again play a leading role by allowing the first bronzes to leave here on the way back to their original country. This would be a signal.’ Sabine Schulze I have seldom enjoyed reading an exhibition catalogue…

Kwame Opoku – AUCTION OF BENIN COMMEMORATIVE HEAD IN WÜRZBURG, GERMANY.

toncremers.nl/algo.html AUCTION OF BENIN COMMEMORATIVE HEAD IN WÜRZBURG, GERMANY. Benin commemorative head on auction in Wurzburg, Germany. Following our recent article on the coming auction of a Benin commemorative head in Würzburg, Germany, we have received confirmation that only the commemorative head of a queen-mother would be on auction. (1) The other ten Benin artefacts…

Kwame Opoku – LOOT IN LOOT – BENIN HEAD OF OBA IN NAZI LOOTED JEWISH ART COLLECTION TO BE AUCTIONED

toncremers.nl/LOOT%20IN%20LOOT.html LOOT IN LOOT – BENIN HEAD OF OBA IN NAZI LOOTED JEWISH ART COLLECTION TO BE AUCTIONED ‘These Benin works stand among the highest heights of European casting. Benvenuto Cell could not have made a better cast himself, nor anyone before or after him,even to the present day. These bronzes reach the very heights…

Kwame Opoku – PARZINGER’S MISCONCEPTIONS AND MISREPRESENTATIONS ABOUT RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS

toncremers.nl/PARZINGERS%20MISCONCEPTIONS.html PARZINGER’S MISCONCEPTIONS AND MISREPRESENTATIONS ABOUT RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS “The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks.” Gert v. Paczensky and Herbert Ganslmayr, Nofretete will nach Hause.(1) We…

Kwame Opoku – Dutch Colonial History Re-awakened by Museum Re-organization

toncremers.nl/DUTCH%20COLONIAL%20HISTORY%20RE-AWAKENED.html Dutch Colonial History Re-awakened by Museum Re-organization Bust of Maurits in Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands. We reproduce below an article from The Guardian concerning discussions of the Dutch colonial past prompted by the removal of the bust of the founder of the Mauritshuis, one of the major Dutch museums,by the museum’s management from its lobby. (1) The…

Kwame Opoku – PARZINGER’S CRI DE COEUR: GENUINE PLEA FOR UN/UNESCO ASSISTANCE OR CALCULATION TO DELAY RESTITUTION OF ARTEFACTS?

toncremers.nl/PARZINGER’S%20CRI%20DE%20COEUR%202.html Truth must be repeated constantly, because error is being repeatedly preached round about all the time, and not just by a few, but by the masses. In the periodicals and encyclopaedias, in schools and universities, everywhere error prevails, being confident and comfortable in the feeling that it has the majority on its side.”Johann Wolfgang…

Kwame Opoku – MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY AS ALLY IN QUEST FOR RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS?

toncremers.nl/Kwame_Opoku_QUAI_BRANLY%20.html If events continue at this rate and in this manner, I could become a firm believer in miracles, by the end of the year. First, there was the historical Ouagadougou Declaration by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, that African artefacts should be returned to Africa. (1) Then followed Nigeria’s astonishing roundabout turn statement that Nigerian and African…

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…

Did Egyptians Never Ask For The Restitution Of Nefertiti?

Did Egyptians Never Ask For The Restitution Of Nefertiti?Universal Museum Enthusiast Wrestles With Veracity And Reality modernghana.com/news/745455/did-egyptians-never-ask-for-the-restitution-of-nefertiti.html Right side of Nefertiti, Egypt, now in Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany. “The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also…

Unfounded Arguments Against Restitution Of Stolen Benin Artefacts

modernghana.comhttp://www.modernghana.com/news/683204/unfounded-arguments-against-restitution-of-stolen-benin-arte.html Unfounded Arguments Against Restitution Of Stolen Benin Artefacts The Benin Cockerel above was looted by the British invasion army in 1897 during their notorious ‘Punitive Expedition’ in which they stole over 3500 Benin artefacts from the palace of the Oba of Benin. “There was a dim grandeur about it all , and also these…

Kwame Opoku: WILL HUMBOLDT – FORUM DEFEND HOLDING LOOTED ARTEFACTS WITH MISLEADING STATEMENTS AND SELF-SERVING ARGUMENTS?

  “It is our prayer that the people and the government of Austria will show humaneness and magnanimity and return to us some of these objects which found their way to your country.” The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa. (1) After the publication of my article entitled “Looted /stolen cultural articles declared shared heritage”…

Kwame Opoku – PROTECTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS THROUGH WIDE DISTRIBUTION

Dr. James Cuno has given an interesting interview to Scott Simon which is not only about recent massive destructions of large monuments and built cultural structures in the Middle East but seizes this deplorable situation to present one of his pet arguments: the need to distribute cultural artefacts around the world and not to keep…

Kwame Opoku – LOOTED/STOLEN CULTURAL ARTEFACTS DECLARED “SHARED HERITAGE”

“The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks.” Gert v. Paczensky and Herbert Ganslmayr, Nofretete will nach Hause We must admit that the supporters of Western domination in…

Kwame Opoku – HAVE GERMANS FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THEIR EXTERMINATION WARS AGAINST THE HERERO, NAMA, SAN AND DAMARA AS GENOCIDE?

For a long time, successive German governments have sought to avoid taking responsibility for the genocide of the Herero and Nama of South-West Africa, now Namibia, in 1904-1908. We have in previous articles examined the various untenable arguments that were advanced by German governments to reject this historic cruelty and responsibility. The attempt to deny…

Kwame Opoku – PRICE OF KOTA SOLD IN PARIS IS INTERESTING BUT WHAT ABOUT LOSS TO CREATORS AND ORIGINAL USERS?

PRICE OF KOTA SOLD IN PARIS IS INTERESTING BUT WHAT ABOUT LOSS TO CREATORS AND ORIGINAL USERS? The kota sold by Christies for Euro 5.5m in Paris on 23 June 2015    The Art Newspaper informs us that a kota has fetched a very high price in Paris: “A 66cm-tall wooden sculpture has become the most…

Kwame Opoku – BRITISH MUSEUM “GUARDS” LOOTED SYRIAN OBJECT?

BRITISH MUSEUM “GUARDS” LOOTED SYRIAN OBJECT?   “We are holding an object we know was illegally removed from Syria and one day it will go back.” Neil MacGregor. BBC. “Museums, libraries and archives must take precautions to ensure that they acquire, or borrow, only ethically acceptable items and reject items that might have been looted…

Kwame Opoku – DEFENCE OF “UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS” THROUH OMISSIONS AND IRRELEVANCIES‘

DEFENCE OF “UNIVERSAL MUSEUMS” THROUH OMISSIONS AND IRRELEVANCIES‘ “In this era of resurgent nationalist violence, encyclopedic museums are more important than ever.”’Dr. James Cuno There is a remarkable presentation in the Financial Times of 22 May, 2015 in the defence of the so-called “universal museum” or encyclopedic museum” by one of its main proponents, Dr.…

Kwame Opoku – THEY ARE SELLING RECORDS OF AFRICAN HISTORY: WHO CARES?

museum-security.org/opoku_selling_african_records.htm THEY ARE SELLING RECORDS OF AFRICAN HISTORY: WHO CARES? The auction house Dorotheum in Vienna has issued a catalogue announcing a forthcoming auction of cultural artefacts from Africa, Asia and Oceania on 26 May 2015. (1) Among the many African items to be sold are pieces of Nok (Nigeria), Komaland (Ghana) and many other…

VIENNA MUSEUM DIRECTOR CALLS FOR TIME LIMITATION ON NAZI LOOT CLAIMS

VIENNA MUSEUM DIRECTOR CALLS FOR TIME LIMITATION ON NAZI LOOT CLAIMS museum-security.org/Opoku_never_again.htm VIENNA MUSEUM DIRECTOR CALLS FOR TIME LIMITATION ON NAZI LOOT CLAIMS We are gradually beginning to think that there is something special about restitution which makes it very difficult for some, especially museum directors, to accept that there are crimes, including the looting…

BRITISH PARLIAMENT AND BRITISH MUSEUM REJECT GREEK REQUEST FOR UNESCO MEDIATION ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES

BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND BRITISH MUSEUM REJECT GREEK REQUEST FOR UNESCO MEDIATION ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES. Very few readers will be surprised by the negative response of the British Museum and the British Government to the Greek request for UNESCO mediation over the Parthenon Marbles in the British Museum.(1) The real surprise is that it took…

THE MAN OF CONSCIENCE WHO RETURNED HIS GRANDFATHER’S LOOTED BENIN BRONZES

THE MAN OF CONSCIENCE WHO RETURNED HIS GRANDFATHER’S LOOTED BENIN BRONZES museum-security.org/opoku_man_who_returned_Benin_bronzes.htm  MAN WITH CONSCIENCE RETURNED HIS GRANDFATHER’S LOOTED BENIN BRONZES  “These objects are part of the cultural heritage of another people… to the people of Benin City, these objects are priceless .” Dr. Mark Walker. Mark Walker. Bird of Prophecy, looted by the British…

Kwame Opoku – WHO NEEDS AGAIN ANOTHER POLL ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES?

WHO NEEDS AGAIN ANOTHER POLL ON THE PARTHENON MARBLES? Anyone who has been following discussions on the Parthenon Marbles would be surprised to read about a new opinion poll on the same subject. She would ask herself if we have not had enough polls on the perennial question whether these Greek sculptures, torn away from…

Kwame opoku – Can Modern Technology Help Resolve Disputes On Restitution Of Cultural Artefacts?

Afdrukken PDF E-mail 70%80%90%100%110%120%130%Grootte TekstAfbeeldingen Verwijderen Undo Can Modern Technology Help Resolve Disputes On Restitution Of Cultural Artefacts? modernghana.com/news/600073/1/can-modern-technology-help-reso.html There is no doubt that modern technology can contribute a great deal to arts and education generally in spreading knowledge about the cultures of the world. For example, a child in Nigeria can learn a lot…

Kwame Opoku – CAN MODERN TECHNOLOGY HELP RESOLVE DISPUTES ON RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS?

museum-security.org/Opoku_modern_technology_and_restitution.htm CAN MODERN TECHNOLOGY HELP RESOLVE DISPUTES ON RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS? The Parthenon Sculpture of the river god Ilissios that the British Museum sent on a controversial loan to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. There is no doubt that modern technology can contribute a great deal to arts and education generally in…

Kwame Opoku – COULD VATICAN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM BE HOLDING ARTEFACTS WITH DOUBTFUL HISTORIES?

COULD VATICAN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM BE HOLDING ARTEFACTS WITH DOUBTFUL HISTORIES? The central issue can be ascribed to the fact that most of these Europeans intended, consciously or unconsciously, to destroy what was given in the African cultural world so as to implant that which is considered, in their view, human, civilised, worthy, and valuable. The…

Kwame Opoku – VIENNA WORLD MUSEUM IS SHRINKING

VIENNA WORLD MUSEUM IS SHRINKING museum-security.org/vienna_world_museum_is_shrinking.htm According to reports in the Austrian media, the World Museum, Vienna, will be giving up some 700 sq .m. of its space of 4600 sq.m for a House of History that is to be established in the Hofburg, the imperial palace where the World Museum has been since 1928.…

A NEW THEORY OF CHAOS FOR THE CULTURAL WORLD: BRITISH MUSEUM’S TACTICS WITH PARTHENON MARBLES

A NEW THEORY OF CHAOS FOR THE CULTURAL WORLD: BRITISH MUSEUM’S TACTICS WITH PARTHENON MARBLES museum-security.org/Kwame_Opoku_Wilful_Dispersal.htm WILFUL DISPERSAL OF DISPUTED CULTURAL OBJECTS AS DEFENCE STRATEGY: BRITISH MUSEUM’S DEFIANT TACTICS.     Parthenon Marbles, Athens, Greece, now in British Museum, London, United Kingdom. Those who have followed the discussions on restitution of cultural artefacts in the last few…

ECONOMIZING WITH TRUTH: GREEK REQUEST OF PARTHENON MARBLES LOAN THAT WAS REJECTED BY BRITISH MUSEUM

ECONOMIZING WITH TRUTH: GREEK REQEUST OF PARTHENON MARBLES LOAN THAT WAS REJECTED BY BRITISH MUSEUM museum-security.org/Kwame_opoku_to_loan_or_not_to_loan_Parthenon_Marbles.htm TO LOAN OR NOT TO LOAN: BRITISH MUSEUM DID DISCUSS WITH GREECE PARTHENON MARBLES LOAN “You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are our noblest symbol of…

ARROGANCE, DUPLICITY AND DEFIANCE WITH NO END: BRITISH MUSEUM LOANS PARTHENON MARBLE TO RUSSIA

ARROGANCE, DUPLICITY AND DEFIANCE WITH NO END: BRITISH MUSEUM LOANS PARTHENON MARBLE TO RUSSIA museum-security.org/kwame_opoku_arrogance_british_museum.htm     ARROGANCE, DUPLICITY AND DEFIANCE WITH NO END: BRITISH MUSEUM LOANS PARTHENON MARBLE TO RUSSIA.     “Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday morning, MacGregor said he hoped the Greek government would be delighted that the…

DIRECTOR OF BRITISH MUSEUM, REPEATS OLD ARGUMENTS FOR BRITISH RETENTION OF PARTHENON MARBLES

DIRECTOR OF BRITISH MUSEUM, REPEATS OLD ARGUMENTS FOR BRITISH RETENTION OF PARTHENON MARBLES museum-security.org/opoku_macgregor_2014.htm BRITISH MUSEUM DIRECTOR DEFENDS ONCE MORE RETENTION OF PARTHENON MARBLES.         “Yes. It’s not even a Greek monument. Many other Greek cities and islands protested bitterly about the money taken from them to build this in Athens.”  …

CUNO AGAIN:REVIVING OLD ARGUMENTS TO PREVENT FUTURE REPATRIATION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS

CUNO AGAIN:REVIVING OLD ARGUMENTS TO PREVENT FUTURE REPATRIATION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS museum-security.org/opoku_cuno_revives.htm   DR. CUNO AGAIN: REVIVING DISCREDITED ARGUMENTS TO PREVENT FUTURE REPATRIATION OF MUSEUM ARTEFACTS . When I read Dr. Cuno’s latest article entitled “  The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts
”  in the American journal Foreign Affairs,(Nov/Dec 2014) appearing under a bold heading, “Culture War”, I…

Kwame Opoku – CAN ITALIAN MARITIME MUSEUM HELP REPATRIATE LOOTED CAMEROONIAN ARTEFACTS

According to the Journal du Cameroun, an Italian Maritime Museum has declared its willingness and readiness to assist in repatriating looted Cameroonian cultural artefacts that are at present in Europe. (1) This offer of assistance was made by the president of the Maritime Museum in Genoa, Italy, Professor Maria Paola Profumo, during a visit to Yaoundé and…

Kwame_Opoku – DID EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE AUTHORIZE DAKAR-DJIBOUTI EXPEDITION TO REMOVE RELIGIOUS PAINTINGS?

LOST ETHIOPIAN PAINTING REAPPEARS museum-security.org/Kwame_Opoku_Haile_Selassie.htm   DID EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE AUTHORIZE DAKAR-DJIBOUTI EXPEDITION TO REMOVE RELIGIOUS PAINTINGS?   Painting of St John, Ethiopia, now in Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France We read with great interest and attention a report entitled “Stolen Ethiopian Saint John Turns Up at Paris Auction” which was published by the Museum…

Kwame Opoku – A SEASON OF “MIRACLES’’? BOSTON MUSEUM RETURNS LOOTED NIGERIAN ARTEFACTS

A SEASON OF “MIRACLES’’? BOSTON MUSEUM RETURNS LOOTED NIGERIAN ARTEFACTS “It is indeed unfortunate that so much Nok material has been looted over time to supply the international market. Properly excavated, such pieces might have shed valuable light on the Nok culture.” Ekpo Eyo. (1) When I read the news that the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was returning 8 looted antiquities…

Kwame Opoku – A BRITON RETURNS TWO LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS

A BRITON RETURNS TWO LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS museum-security.org/Kwame_Opoku_return_of_Benin_bonzes_by_a_Briton.htm RETURN  OF TWO LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BY A BRITON: HISTORY IN THE MAKING “Culture is the soul of a nation. The illicit removal or destruction of cultural property deprives peoples of their history and tradition. Restitution is the only means that can restore damage and reinstate a sense…

Kwame Opoku: Oba of Benin never endorsed donation of artefacts to foreign museum

Oba of Benin never endorsed donation of artefacts to foreign museum museum-security.org/Kwame_opoku_interview_with_akenzua.htm WILL OTHER HOLDERS OF BENIN BRONZES ALSO RETURN THE LOOTED ARTEFACTS?-INTERVIEW WITH PRINCE EDUN AKENZUA, BROTHER OF OBA OF BENIN.   Members of the notorious British Punitive Expedition of 1897 against Benin, posing proudly with looted Benin ivories and bronze objects   We…

Kwame Opoku: CHINESE PURCHASE A CHINESE ARTEFACT FOR 20 MILLION DOLLARS

CHINESE PURCHASE A CHINESE ARTEFACT FOR 20 MILLION DOLLARS museum-security.org/kwame_opoku_chinese-buy-artifacts.htm CHINESE PURCHASE CHINESE ARTEFACT FOR US$ 20 MILLION DOLLARS  It has been widely reported in the press that a group of private Chinese businessmen and collectors from Hunan Province, China, have collectively bought a Chinese wine vessel for US$ 20 million in a private auction…

Kwame Opoku – COLOMBIAN OBJECTIONS TO LENDING ARTEFACTS FOR EXHIBITION HONOURING GERMAN ETHNOLOGIST: LESSONS FOR NIGERIANS AND OTHER AFRICANS

A recent article entitled “Colombia calls off exhibition of sculptures in face of protests”, reprinted by the Museum Security Network, seems to me to contain some lessons which may be useful for Nigerians and other Africans, often faced with requests to lend artefacts to the very Western museums that are illegally holding onto artefacts that had…

Dr. Kwame Opoku – GERMANS DEBATE LEGITIMACY OF LOOTED ARTEFACTS IN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM BERLIN

GERMANS DEBATE LEGITIMACY OF LOOTED ARTEFACTS IN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM BERLIN museum-security.org/opoku_germans_debate_ligitimacy_benin_artifacts.htm GERMANS DEBATE LEGITIMACY AND LEGALITY OF LOOTED ARTEFACTS IN ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM, BERLIN.   The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections,  directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap…

Dr.Kwame Opoku – NEWLY DISCOVERED NOK SCULPTURES EXHIBITED FOR THE FIST TIME, NOT IN NIGERIA BUT IN GERMANY

NEWLY DISCOVERED NOK SCULPTURES EXHIBITED FOR THE FIST TIME, NOT IN NIGERIA BUT IN GERMANY museum-security.org/NEWLY_DISCOVERED_NOK_SCULPTURES_EXHIBITED_FOR_THE_FIST_TIME.htm NEWLY DISCOVERED NOK SCULPTURES EXHIBITED FOR THE FIRST TIME, NOT IN NIGERIA BUT IN GERMANY.   Nok sculpture, male figure with shell on his head , Nigeria, now in, Liebighaus Sammlungen, Frankfurt, Germany Photo:Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute for Archaeological…

25th SEPTEMBER, 2013: WHAT ARE THEY CELEBRATING IN BOSTON

25th SEPTEMBER, 2013: WHAT ARE THEY CELEBRATING IN BOSTON museum-security.org/boston_celebration_looted_benin_statues.htm WHAT WERE THEY CELEBRATING ON TWENTY-FIFTH SEPTEMBER, 2013, IN BOSTON MUSEUM WITH LOOTED BENIN BRONZES?                 According to information on the homepage of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, U.S.A. there will be a series of celebrations on…

CAN WE CONDEMN ACQUISITION OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS BY BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND STILL PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES DISPLAYING THE OBJECTS

CAN WE CONDEMN ACQUISITION OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS BY BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND STILL PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES DISPLAYING THE OBJECTS museum-security.org/benin_boston.htm         CAN WE CONDEMN ACQUISITION OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS BY BOSTON MUSEUM AND STILL PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES INVOLVING THESE SAME ARTEFACTS?                …

DID GERMANS NEVER HEAR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY NIGERIA'S DEMAND FOR RETURN OF ARTEFACTS

DID GERMANS NEVER HEAR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY NIGERIA’S DEMAND FOR RETURN OF LOOTED ARTEFACTS?   “The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks.” Gert v. Paczensky and Herbert…

WILL NIGERIA FINALLY RAISE RESTITUTION OF BENIN BRONZES AT UNESCO INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE

WILL NIGERIA FINALLY RAISE RESTITUTION OF BENIN BRONZES AT UNESCO INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE museum-security.org/WILL%20NIGERIA%20FINALLY%20RAISE%20RESTITUTION%20OF%20BENIN%20BRONZES%20AT%20UNESCO%20INTERGOVERNMENTAL%20COMMITTEE.htm WILL NIGERIA FINALLY RAISE RESTITUTION OF BENIN ARTEFACTS AT UNESCO INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE?                     Queen-mother Idia, Benin, Nigeria, now in Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, Germany .          We read with great interest…

WHERE ARE THE 400 BENIN BRONZES DONATED TO THE MUSEUM BY FULLER

LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS IN FIELD MUSEUM, CHICAGO, USA.     ‘The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks.’ Gert v. Paczensky and Herbert Ganslmayr, Nofretete will nach Hause (1)  …

Kwame Opoku – ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM, VIENNA CHANGES NAME TO WORLD MUSEUM, VIENNA: WHAT IS IN A NAME?

WHAT IS IN A NAME http://www.museum-security.org/kwame_opoku/ethnology_museum_vienna_changes_name_to_world_museum.html May 12, 2013 ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM, VIENNA CHANGES NAME TO WORLD MUSEUM, VIENNA: WHAT IS IN A NAME?       “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”       Shakespeare (1), Romeo and Juliet Völkerkundemuseum, Vienna, now renamed…

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…

Kwame Opoku – “BENIN PLAN OF ACTION” FOR RESTITUTION

“BENIN PLAN OF ACTION” FOR RESTITUTION http://www.museum-security.org/benin-plan-of-action-for-restitution.htm February 27, 2013 “ BENIN PLAN OF ACTION FOR RESTITUTION ”:  WILL THIS ENSURE THE RETURN OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS?             “There are many ways to develop relationships besides returning museum objects. Informally, it also appears that the different kinds of collaboration that…

Kwame Opoku – RESPECT AND DISRESPECT IN RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS

RESPECT AND DISRESPECT IN RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_respect_and_disrespect_in_restitution.htm February 22, 2013 RESPECT AND DISRESPECT IN RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS              ÒCulture is the soul of a nation. The illicit removal or destruction of cultural property deprives peoples of their history and tradition. Restitution is the only means that can…

Kwame Opoku – WHAT WE UNDERSTAND BY “RESTITUTION”

WHAT WE UNDERSTAND BY “RESTITUTION” “Short of giving details of the anticipated repossession of Nigerian artefacts from France, Usman insisted that diplomacy remained the “best and only option for now and we would change our strategy if it’s not working.” Is Nigeria’s approach to restitution of cultural artefacts really working? We are all pleased that…

Kwame Opoku: Nigeria – Arts of the Benue River Valley

Nigeria – Arts of the Benue River Valley http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_nigeria-benue-valley.htm January 15, 2013 Nigeria – Arts of the Benue River Valley Arts de la valle de la Bnou Nigeria       We have just received an excellent catalogue of the exhibition, Arts de la valle de la Bnou Nigeria (Nigeria – Arts of the Benue River Valley)…

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 – VIRTUAL VISIT TO MUSEUMS HOLDING LOOTED BENIN OBJECTS

VIRTUAL VISIT TO MUSEUMS HOLDING LOOTED BENIN OBJECTS http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_benin_virtual_museum.htm November 21, 2012 VIRTUAL VISITS TO MUSEUMS HOLDING LOOTED BENIN OBJECTS   Head of an Oba, Benin, Nigeria, now in Bristol Museum, Bristol, United Kingdom of Great Britain. One of the remarkable arguments presented by holders of looted Benin artefacts is that in our modern world,…

HAS MEXICO RENOUNCED HER CLAIM TO MONTEZUMA’S FEATHER CROWN THAT IS IN THE VIENNA ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM?

HAS MEXICO RENOUNCED HER CLAIM TO MONTEZUMAS FEATHER CROWN THAT IS IN THE VIENNA ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM? http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_montezuma.htm November 21, 2012 HAS MEXICO RENOUNCED HER CLAIM TO MONTEZUMAS FEATHER CROWN IN THE VIENNA ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM? President Vicente Fox asked the visiting Austrian president, Heinz Fischer, for his help in returning the headdress of the Aztec leader…

Kwame Opoku – NIGERIA MUST TELL HOLDERS OF LOOTED ART THAT THE GAME IS OVER

NIGERIA MUST TELL HOLDERS OF LOOTED ART THAT THE GAME IS OVER http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_nigeria_game_is_over.htm October 14, 2012 NIGERIA MUST TELL HOLDERS OF LOOTED ARTEFACTS THAT THE GAME IS OVER On this day of first October, 2012, anniversary of Nigerias independence, I am reading an article by Tajudeen Sowole, in The Guardian titled Ahead of 2013 show of looted…

NIGERIAN TERRACOTTA SEIZED BY US IMMIGRATION IS NOT HOMELESS

NIGERIAN TERRACOTTA SEIZED BY US IMMIGRATION IS NOT HOMELESS http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_nigerian_terracotta.htm September 17, 2012 LOOTED NIGERIAN TERRACOTTA RETURNED BY US IMMIGRATION ARE NOT HOMELESS OR ORPHANS Nok sculptures returned by American officials to the Nigerian Consul-General in New York on July 27, 2012. On reading reports that the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM)) has…

Kwame Opoku – “Ancient Statues Smuggled from Nigeria to Return Home”

Ancient Statues Smuggled from Nigeria to Return Home http://www.museum-security.org/Opoku_illegal_export_NOK.htm July 29, 2012 SHALL WE EVER KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT ILLEGAL EXPORT OF NOK SCULPTURES FROM NIGERIA? It is indeed unfortunate that so much Nok material has been looted over time to supply the international market. Properly excavated, such pieces might have shed valuable light on…

Kwame Opoku – NIGERIA REACTS TO DONATION OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS TO MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

NIGERIA REACTS TO DONATION OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS TO MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_nigeria_benin.htm July 19, 2012 NIGERIA REACTS TO DONATION OF LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS TO MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON. “The exhibition is showcasing some of the works that made Benin (Nigeria) famous. It once again, reminds the world of a civilization truncated…

Kwame Opoku – DO THEY KNOW QUEEN-MOTHER IDIA

DO THEY KNOW QUEEN-MOTHER IDIA http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_queen_mother_idia.htm May 27, 2012 Queen-Mother Idia, Benin, Nigeria, now in British Museum, London, United Kingdom. A recent visit to the British Museum confirmed what we have observed in previous years: many Western visitors to the museum have no specific interest in any particular Benin object, even if they visit the…

Kwame Opoku – DAMAGE TO NOK SCULPTURE IN PRIVATE WESTERN COLLECTION. WILL OTHER AFRICAN ARTEFACTS END IN THIS WAY?

It would be interesting to see whether the issue of the legality of the possession/control of the Nok artefacts would be raised in the course of this case http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_damaged_nok.htm May 1, 2012 DAMAGE TO NOK SCULPTURE IN PRIVATE WESTERN COLLECTION. WILL OTHER AFRICAN ARTEFACTS END IN THIS WAY?   (Photos from New York Daily News) It has…

Kwame Opoku – CULTURAL NATIONALISTS ARE ALL ON THE OTHER SIDE

CULTURAL NATIONALISTS ARE ALL ON THE OTHER SIDE http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_cultural_nationalists.htm April 15, 2012 THE CULTURAL NATIONALISTS ARE ALL ON THE OTHER SIDE We read with great interest the article by Andrew Finkel which appeared in the New York Times of 11th April, 2012 under the titleTreasures Hunters and reproduced in Elginism under the title Turkey’s requests for the Samsat Stele to…

Kwame Opoku – ANOTHER AUCTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS BY VIENNA AUCTION HOUSE, DOROTHEUM: BETTER PROVENANCES?

ANOTHER AUCTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS BY http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_dorotheum_march2012.htm March 28, 2012 ANOTHER AUCTION OF AFRICAN ARTEFACTS BY VIENNA AUCTION HOUSE, DOROTHEUM: BETTER PROVENANCES? Memorial Head, Benin, Nigeria. , Austrian Collection The artefacts in this second auction raise the same problems as the first. The provenance given is often extremely vague e.g. from the “collection of a…

Kwame Opoku – MacGregors New Defence for Illegal Detention of Artefacts of Others

MacGregors New Defence for Illegal Detention of Artefacts of Others http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_macgregor1.htm March 25, 2012 Travelling Exhibition as Alternative to Restitution? Comments on Suggestion by Director of the British Museum. The Director of the British Museum has indeed a fertile mind that never tires of inventing new defences for the retention of looted artefacts of others…

Kwame Opoku – TURKISH DECISION NOT TO LOAN ARTIFACTS TO MUSEUMS WITH WHICH IT HAS DISPUTES OVER

TURKISH DECISION NOT TO LOAN ARTIFACTS TO MUSEUMS WITH WHICH IT HAS DISPUTES OVER http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_turkey_march2012.htm March 11, 2012 TURKISH DECISION TO STOP ARTEFACTS LOANS TO MUSEUMS HOLDING CONTESTED TURKISH ARTEFACTS: AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER STATES? The decision by the Turkish Government to stop loans of artefacts to museums with which it has disputes regarding artefacts has…

Affirmation and declaration as strong weapons: Review of Cuno’s Museums Matter

Review of Cunos Museums Matter http://www.museum-security.org/opoku-cuno.htm Februray 16, 2012 AFFIRMATIONS AND DECLARATIONS: REVIEW OF JAMES CUNOS MUSEUMS MATTER. Enlightenment philosophy was instrumental in codifying and institutionalizing both the scientific and popular European perceptions of the human race. The numerous writings on race by Hume, Kant and Hegel played a strong role in articulating Europe’s sense not…

Kwame Opoku – NEIL MACGREGOR PLAYING THE USUAL GAME, BUT THIS TIME IN INDIA

BRITISH MUSEUM DIRECTOR PLAYING THE USUAL GAME BUT THIS TIME WITH INDIA.       “In Africa, South-East Asia and South Asia, the pattern of exploration, colonization, tribute, and then the punitive removal of treasures was repeated, with the result that many African and Asian nations were deprived often of the central core of their…

Kwame Opoku – NOK ONCE MORE

NOK ONCE MORE http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_nok.htm December 17, 2011 NOK ONCE MORE It is indeed unfortunate that so much Nok material has been looted over time to supply the international market. Properly excavated, such pieces might have shed valuable light on the Nok culture.   Ekpo Eyo (1) Nok figure of a seated male with crossed arms, to…

Kwame Opoku – RETURN OF STOLEN SKULLS BY GERMANY TO NAMIBIA: CLOSURE OF A HORRIBLE CHAPTER?

In connection with the recent return to Namibia of 20 skulls of Namibians that were taken to Germany during the German colonial rule in South -West Africa, now Namibia, Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of Namibia is reported to have declared at the airport, as follows:  “The Namibian nation accepts these mortal remains as a symbolic closure of…

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…

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…

Kwame Opoku – MORE DOGON IN MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY, PARIS THAN IN NATIONAL MUSEUM, BAMAKO?

Mali, now at Musée du quai Branly,  Paris, France. There is no doubt that the current exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly, entitled, “Dogon” is the most comprehensive and definitely one of the best exhibitions on the well-known culture of the Dogon, Mali. The exhibits are all so impressive that one cannot easily pick out…

Kwame Opoku – AUCTION OF AFRICAN ART BY DOROTHEUM, VIENNA: BUT WHAT ARE THE PROVENANCES OF THE ARTEFACTS

museum-security.orghttp://www.museum-security.org/opoku_dorotheum.htm AUCTION OF AFRICAN ART BY DOROTHEUM, VIENNA: BUT WHAT ARE THE PROVENANCES OF THE ARTEFACTS http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_dorotheum.htm AUCTION OF AFRICAN ART BY DOROTHEUM, VIENNA: BUT WHAT ARE THE PROVENANCES OF THE ARTEFACTS? Mask. Guro. Cte dIvoire Dorotheum, an auction house in Vienna, Austria has announced for 3 May, 2011, an auction of African art objects…

DAMAGE TO PRECIOUS NIGERIAN SCULPTURES IN EUROPE?

  In an article entitled “European treatment harms African works?” in the Art Newspaper, (issue no.223. http://www.theartnewspaper.com) Martin Bailey reports that: “African art specialists are questioning the recent conservation of Ife sculptures in Madrid in preparation for an international touring exhibition. They are concerned that Spanish conservators applied an inappropriate coating intended to protect the…

Recent disturbances clearly will make anybody who intends to send anything to Egypt, including returning cultural artefacts, hesitant

Images of recent disturbances from Tahir Square, Cairo, in January and February 2011, will make anybody who intends to send anything, including cultural artefacts, to Egypt, very hesitant. Also, the looting of artefacts from the Egyptian Museum, Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt makes those interested in the preservation of cultural treasures extremely worried.  But the…

Kwame Opoku – Queen-Mother Idia and Others Must Return Home: Training Courses are no Substitutes for Looted Treasures

Throne of Oba Eresoyen, Benin, Nigeria, now in Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, Germany. At the height of the protest organized by the Nigeria Liberty Forum against a proposed auction of a Queen-Mother Idia hip-mask by the Galway family at Sotheby’s in December 2010, it was reported that the Nigerian government was in discussions with British authorities about…

Kwame Opoku – COMPROMISE ON THE RESTITUTION OF BENIN BRONZES? COMMENTS ON ARTICLE BY PROF. JOHN PICTON ON RESTITUTION OF BENIN ARTEFACTS

read full formatted text including images: http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_benin_picton.pdf Queen-Mother Idia, Benin, Nigeria. Hip-mask that Galway’s descendants attempted to auction at Sotheby’s but had to be withdrawn because of protests by Nigerians. I read with interest and sometimes, with astonishment the article by Professor John Picton, Emeritus Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, in the Art Newspaper…

NEFERTITI IN ABSURDITY: HOW OFTEN MUST EGYPTIANS ASK GERMANS FOR THE RETURN OF THE EGYPTIAN QUEEN?

The latest argument for detaining Nefertiti is clear evidence that the holders of the cultural property of others have no valid reason for depriving them of their cultural symbols. It is established that there is no requirement in Municipal or International law that owners of stolen/looted objects or objects acquired under dubious circumstances must request,…

NOW IS THE TIME FOR AUSTRIA TO ACT ON THE RESTITUTION OF MONTEZUMA’S CROWN TO MEXICO

Penacho de Moctezuma, the Quetzal-feather crown of Montezuma, the last Aztec Emperor, in the Völkerkundemuseum, Vienna. Austria. According to information in the Austrian papers Standard, Kurier, and Kronen Zeitung, Austria seems finally willing to return the Montezuma Crown which Mexico has been claiming for decades without any success. (1) It appears the return will be…

Kwame Opoku – EXCELLENCE AND ERUDITION: EKPO EYO’S MASTERPIECES OF NIGERIAN ART

For many of us, the name Ekpo Eyo has come to stand for excellence and erudition. The first Director-General of the Nigerian Commission for Museums and Monuments, has produced several articles and books of the highest quality on Nigerian art, and his recent book, From Shrines to Showcases: Masterpieces of Nigerian Art, (2010, Federal Ministry…

Kwame Opoku comments on Greece states (or does it not?) that it will drop ownership claims on Parthenon Marbles- CAN ONE CONTINUE FOREVER OFFERING WEAK AND BASELESS ARGUMENTS?

Dr. Kwame Opoku Comments on: Greece states (or does it not?) that it will drop ownership claims on Parthenon Marbles CAN ONE CONTINUE FOREVER OFFERING WEAK AND BASELESS ARGUMENTS? “At issue, however, is not only the legality of the purchase but the precedent any return would set for museums around the world. The British Museum…

Kwame Opoku – WHEN WILL BRITAIN RETURN LOOTED GOLDEN GHANAIAN ARTEFACTS? A HISTORY OF BRITISH LOOTING OF MORE THAN 100 OBJECTS

“Gold gleams throughout the Ashanti story: one wonders in retrospect whether the punitive expedition would have been quite so dedicated if the major product of Ashanti had been anything else but the potent lure.”  Russell Chamberlin. (1) Gold mask, 20 cm in height, weighing 1.36 kg..of pure gold, seized by the British from Kumasi, Ghana,…

Kwame Opoku – REFLECTIONS ON THE ABORTIVE QUEEN-MOTHER IDIA MASK AUCTION: TACTICAL WITHDRAWAL OR DECISION OF PRINCIPLE?

“The men and women of these countries have the right to recover these cultural assets which are part of their being”. (Amadou-Mahtar M’Bow, Former Director-General of UNESCO). read full text and view images at: http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_idia_mask_sale_cancellation.htm The cancellation notice of the auction of Queen-Mother Idia mask on 4 December by Sotheby’s could not have been shorter:…

Kwame Opoku – THEY ARE SELLING QUEEN-MOTHER IDIA MASK AND WE ARE ALL QUIET

Various media, including the Art Newspaper www.theartnewspaper.com, and the Financial Times http://www.ft.com/cms have reported that Sotheby’s, the auction house in London, will be auctioning a re-discovered masterpiece of Benin art, the ivory pendant of Queen-Mother Idia, on 17th February 2011 and other Benin artefacts  from the Edo people. The pendant is expected to fetch £3.5-4.5…

Kwame Opoku – SHOULD AESTHETIC CONSIDERATIONS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS WITH REGARD TO LOOTED ARTEFACTS?

We read with great interest an article by Tom L. Freudenheim, a former art museum director and former assistant secretary for museums at the Smithsonian Institution entitled “What Is Lost When Works are Trophies” that first appeared in the Wall Street Journal of January 27, 2010 (1) and was reproduced in Elginism (2) on September…

Kwame Opoku – DO AFRICAN SCULPTURES EVER DIE? COMMENTS ON THE EXHIBITION “ODE AU GRAND ART AFRICAIN : LES STATUES MEURENT AUSSI”, PARIS

« L’art africain comme tout grand art, me dira-t-on, en tout cas plus que tout autre, et depuis si longtemps si ce n’est depuis toujours, est d’abord dans l’homme, dans l’émotion de l’homme transmise aux choses par l’homme et sa société.  C’est la raison pour laquelle on ne peut séparer le problème du sort de l’art…

Kwame Opoku – DOES HISTORY SUFFER WHEN CULTURAL ARTEFACTS ARE RETURNED?

This is a question that may surprise many and indeed many may consider it wiser to leave unanswered rather than hazard untenable answers.  Michael Kaput has some views on this issue which he expresses in an article entitled, “Whose Heritage? Repatriating ancient treasures seems like a noble cause, but history might end up the loser.”…

Kwame Opoku – DEMOCRATIZATION THROUGH VANDALISM: NEW ANSWER TO DEMANDS FOR RESTITUTION OF CULTURAL ARTEFACTS?

“You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are the supreme symbol of nobility. They are a tribute to democratic philosophy. They are our aspiration and our name. They are the essence of Greekness”. Melina Mercouri (1) After a long period of studying the…

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…

Kwame Opoku – REFLECTIONS ON THE CAIRO CONFERENCE ON RESTITUTION: ENCOURAGING BEGINNING

REFLECTIONS ON THE CAIRO CONFERENCE ON RESTITUTION: ENCOURAGING BEGINNING read full text at: http://www.museum-security.org/opoku_cairo_conference.htm The Conference on International Cooperation for the Protection and Repatriation of Cultural Heritage, 7-8 April 2010, Cairo, Egypt, ended with demands for the return of certain cultural artefacts which had been looted or stolen by colonial powers in the past. (2) The conference…

ILE-IFE TRIUMPHS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON: WHO SAID NIGERIANS WERE INCAPABLE OF LOOKING AFTER THEIR CULTURAL ARTEFACTS?

By all standards, the current exhibition in the British Museum entitled, Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa, is outstanding. (2)  This has been acknowledged by most critics and commentators. The British press is full of praises and enthusiasm. An article by Jonathan Jones, entitled, “The divine art of the Kingdom of Benin” in The…

EGYPTIAN SEASON OF ARTEFACTS RETURNS: HOPEFUL SIGN TO BE FOLLOWED BY OTHERS?

EGYPTIAN SEASON OF ARTEFACTS RETURNS: HOPEFUL SIGN TO BE FOLLOWED BY OTHERS? ”There is a moral imperative for museums around the world to return certain artefacts to the countries they came from, and we are going to identify how we can help each other to increase the pressure on the keepers of those artefacts.” Zahi…