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Culture ministers from 16 German states agree to repatriate artefacts looted in colonial era

Catherine Hickley: The Art Newspaper

The culture ministers of Germany’s 16 states agreed to create conditions for the repatriation of artefacts in public collections that were taken “in ways that are legally or morally unjustifiable today” from former colonies, describing their return as “an ethical and moral duty.”

At a meeting yesterday, the ministers agreed to work with museums and institutions to develop repatriation procedures with “the necessary urgency and sensitivity,” and promised a dialogue with representatives from source countries. They agreed on the need to inventarise and publish details of items in ethnological collections and to prioritise the return of human remains. They also proposed establishing a central help desk to provide information on colonial-era heritage and called on all institutions in possession of such items to conduct provenance research. …Read More

Image: The Humboldt Forum will house Berlin’s ethnological collections, many are said to have been looted © SHF/Stephan Falk

2019-03-19T04:12:52+00:00