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There is no longer any excuse for not repatriating museums’ colonial art

In the digital era, there is little to be lost from returning collections to their countries of origin—and everything to be gained

By Emma Lundin   May 2019

The calls for repatriating museum objects have become impossible to ignore. Photo: PA

Generations of museum visitors in Europe have been spoiled by direct access to foreign artefacts, but it is time to give them up.

When Senegal’s president Macky Sall opened the Musée des Civilisations Noires (the Museum of Black Civilizations, “MCN”) in Dakar in December, he brought a new weapon into the arsenal of activists fighting for the repatriation of treasured objects from foreign collections. The MCN has all the mod-cons and knowledge needed to protect and…

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