On Restitution and the Art Industry
Chika Okeke-Agulu (Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University)
In the summer of 2020, Christie’s auction house sold a pair of Igbo sculptures, known as alusi or ‘sacred sculptures’, from eastern Nigeria, despite the controversial provenance of the artefacts. In autumn, acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye unveiled his design for the Edo Museum of West African Art, a collaboration between the British Museum and Nigerian authorities. The new museum will house nearly 300 bronzes, on loan from European museums, that were looted by British soldiers in 1897. Though seemingly unrelated, these two events are joined on the one hand by the vexed ideological foundations and practices of art history and the so-called universal museum, and on the other, contemporary debates around colonial expropriation and restitution of African cultural heritage. This lecture combines scholarly, critical and personal perspectives to address urgent questions about decolonising the art industry, art history and the museum.
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