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The lengthy process of returning the Benin bronzes

The lengthy process of returning the Benin bronzes

Around 1,100 of the artistic bronzes can be found in German museums alone. The Linden Museum in Stuttgart, the Museum am Rothenbaum (Hamburg), the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum (Cologne), the Ethnological Museum in Dresden/Leipzig and the Ethnological Museum in Berlin all have the most extensive collections. You are involved in the proposed transfer of ownership.

restitution efforts

When the Benin court first called for the return of the artworks in the 1930s, only a few pieces were returned by the UK. From the 1970s, Nigeria made intensive efforts to obtain restitution and long-term loans.

Museums and politicians in Germany had avoided talks about specific agreements on transfers or returns for many decades. Museums are often unable to make refunds of their own accord because they merely administer the objects, while ownership rests with the respective state.

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