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Repatriation within the arts

The return of artworks and cultural objects


Wednesday 7 November 2018
6.30 — 7.45pm

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Join our panel of curators and artists as they examine the issues surrounding repatriation, restitution and the return of artworks and cultural objects.

How do Western museums and cultural organisations represent, store and exhibit indigenous artworks today? The subject of returning artworks to their origin state is one frequently debated in today’s art world, and one that comes with many questions and cultural debates. How should cultural institutions honour and nurture the cultural heritage of indigenous populations? Our panel explores the intricacies of colonial restitution and discusses whether museums need to rethink the display, function, and narrative of indigenous objects.

Our panel includes Professor Nicholas Thomas, Director and Curator at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology (Cambridge), Jonathan Fine, Curator at the Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and artist Enotie Ogbebor. The discussion will be chaired by Jan Dalley, Arts Editor for The Financial Times.

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Wednesday 7 November 2018

6.30 — 7.45pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9 concessions