Restitution

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

In further news: fears grow over ‘Salvator Mundi’; Dutch government face Nazi-art lawsuit; heritage sites lost in Yemen war

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

In further news: San Francisco decrees 30 percent of public art must depict women; Dutch museums find Nazi-looted art

In further news: collector joins Mapplethorpe censorship row; new space for Bronx Museum of the Arts

In further news: Activists protest Luke Willis Thompson at Turner Prize exhibition opening; Helena Almeida (1934–2018)

The Rapa Nui people believe that repatriation would help close ‘the sad chapter’ of 19th-century looting

In the age of Brexit, why Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to return the ‘stolen’ Parthenon marbles has never been more urgent 

By Paul Cartledge