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Restitution

Debates around restitution are breaking with increasing force against the doors of Europe’s treasure chambers; a new report may prove decisive

By Sean O’Toole

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Formerly the Royal Museum for Central Africa, the museum was originally conceived as a showcase for King Leopold II’s personal property: the Congo

By Ellen Mara De Wachter

Misidentifying Van Gogh, the missing female rock stars, and misusing interns: what to read this weekend

Quai Branly president says that the study commissioned by Macron ‘puts historical reparations over museums’s contribution’

As the Easter Islanders demand that the British Museum return their statue, it’s time to reconsider the meaning of ‘global artworks’

By Rafia Zakaria

The French president has acted swiftly following a landmark study on the ownership of African treasures

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Rereading Mark Fisher with the publication of his collected writings; Olivia Laing’s Crudo makes the NYT’s ‘100 Notable Books’

‘We are just a body. You, the British people, have our soul’

In further news: Turkish arts workers arrested for ‘seeking to overthrow the government’; union protests at MoMA PS1

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