Authors of “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage” report discuss the return of African objects to their native countries at symposium
The ornate ceiling and dramatic red curtains framed the auditorium screen that displayed the return of the Obelisk of Axum to Ethiopia. Museum of Modern Art curator Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi spoke of the importance of the obelisk’s physical return, as well as its cultural implications, while the audience watched the airplane to Ethiopia take off onscreen....
90,000 works of African art reside in France. The Art, Theft and Restitution roundtable opened up a debate on museums’ colonial plunders.
On Nov. 28, 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron called for the “temporary or permanent restitution” of objects of African cultural heritage that reside in French museums during a speech at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso....