They are valuable African artworks – yet most of them are in European museums. More than 100 years ago, British soldiers brought the "Benin Bronzes" as looted art from Nigeria to Europe. But calls to return these objects have been growing louder.
Members of Belgium's African diaspora are critical of the newly reopened Africa Museum, saying it reinforces colonial cultural norms despite a five-year rehabilitation. Other Belgians say it's a step to reconciliation.
A Belgian museum housing items looted from the African continent during the colonial era is reopening near Brussels. Curators hope that it can now overcome its image as a colonialist holdover.
African museum directors have welcomed an expert report advising the French government to return thousands of cultural artifacts and artworks. The move could put pressure on other former colonizers, Germany included.
Kuhnert shaped the image of Africa as perceived in Europe and the US like no other painter. The Schirn art museum in Frankfurt has a retrospective.
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