The museum, which has some 160 items from Benin City, becomes the latest institution to announce the restitution of some of the priceless artifacts.
His art seizures paved the way for similar French excesses in Africa a century later. Yet the return of some treasures after his defeat set a model for museums today.
Officials have refused to refer a dispute over the work held by the state painting collections to a national commission created to review claims of art lost in the Nazi era.
The painting, long the subject of an ownership dispute, will be given to the University of Oklahoma with plans for title to be transferred later, likely to a French institution.
They claim that the painting, “The Anse des Pilotes, Le Havre,” was taken from their ancestors by the Nazis, and have filed a lawsuit in Atlanta to recover it.
A bench trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan concerns an ancient idol held by Christie’s.
The only painting by Gustav Klimt in the country’s national collection will be returned to the family of a Jewish woman who was forced to sell it. She died in the Holocaust.
Menachem Kaiser writes about his efforts to reclaim an apartment building in Poland that his family owned before the war.
At the end of May 1983, two pieces of Italian Renaissance armor went missing. The circumstances around their disappearance still remain a mystery.
Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.
The records of a Jewish community in Romania that was almost annihilated during the Holocaust are viewed as essential to reconstructing its history.
In a unanimous ruling, the court said a federal law bars suits against foreign governments accused of expropriating their own citizens’ property.
Roméo Mivekannin’s great-great-grandfather was an African king whose treasures were looted by colonial forces. As France prepares to return some of the artifacts, the painter is examining how the past shaped his own identity.
Douglas Latchford, a scholar of Khmer antiquities who was accused of trafficking in looted artifacts, bequeathed his world-class collection to his daughter. She has returned it to Cambodia.
The instrument’s holders refuse to compensate the heirs of a Jewish music dealer, jeopardizing a system for restitution that has been in place for nearly two decades.
The Nebra sky disk, which has been called the oldest known depiction of astronomical phenomena, is a “very emotional object.”
Over nearly a decade, Jonathan Petropoulos met dozens of times with a man who helped the Nazis loot Jewish art collections, a complicated relationship he explores in “Göring’s Man in Paris.”
Regulators have long worried that the secrecy of the antiquities trade, where buyers and sellers are seldom identified, made it an easy way to launder money.
A painting by the French Impressionist artist, with a back story of plunder and family tragedy, is at the center of courtroom battles on both sides of the Atlantic.
A modest ceremony inaugurated the troubled museum, one of the most expensive and ambitious culture projects in Europe. The only thing is, you can’t go in.
A recent finding of fault with a Restitution Commissions panel had led the heirs to hope that the court might find for them and return the painting.
The justices struggled to decide whether a 1976 law that bars most suits against other nations allows Jewish victims to sue over the theft of their property.
A review commissioned by the Dutch culture minister found that the country’s art restitution panel showed too little empathy to victims of Nazi aggression and sided too often with museums.
The architect David Adjaye discusses his plans for an institution to house the looted treasures on their to return to Nigeria.
A Holocaust survivor wants to revisit a settlement with an Oklahoma art museum over a painting once owned by her father.
In “A World Beneath the Sands,” Toby Wilkinson details the hundred years when many of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt were made, by Europeans.
Heirs of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog, a Hungarian banker whose collection of masterpieces was seized by the Nazis, are still pursuing its return.
The Netherlands should show “a willingness to return” items taken without consent, and to do so without conditions, a report said.
Mwazulu Diyabanza will appear in a Paris court this month after he tried to make off with an African treasure he says was looted. France and its attitude to the colonial past will be on trial, too.
It’s a tale of bronze, iron, looting and archaeological conflict.
A leading collector of Cambodian relics, he was credited with helping preserve Khmer culture. He was also charged with trafficking in looted treasures.
“Two Laughing Boys” by Frans Hals has been taken from a museum in the Netherlands, after having been stolen in 1988 and again in 2011.
This is what real “decolonization” should look like.
A Princeton art history professor said the figures were stolen and called on Christie’s to halt the sale, but it went ahead in Paris on Monday.
The company announced the prohibition after researchers reported that looters were using the platform to identify and sell illegally excavated antiquities.
A prosecutor in Italy, he dismantled multinational trafficking rings, recovering tens of thousands of Greco-Roman artifacts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The museum will also hold public programs to examine Avery Brundage’s legacy, as well as questions around restitution, and work on “decolonizing’’ the museum.
Figures on both sides of the restitution debate are hoping that Emmanuel Kasarhérou’s bicultural background will make him receptive to their views.
The “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” was displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington until the authorities seized it in 2019.
Recent research highlights the power of the canine nose to uncover buried remains from ancient human history.