Black Panther

Museums in the changing world order: Restitution to Africa reaches tipping point

Title: Museums in the changing world order: Restitution to Africa reaches tipping point
Author: Adrian Ellis
Media Outlet: The Art Newspaper
Publish Date: April 5, 2019

“The British Museum appears to be maintaining the position of the Declaration on the Importance and Value of Universal Museums, signed by 18 peer institutions (but not the British Museum) in 2002: respect the law as it stands, not as it could stand; avoid the slippery slope to depletion to which any concession potentially leads; acknowledge the wide range of circumstances in which objects were acquired rather than generalising from the most egregious cases; remember the first duty of stewardship and ensure at all costs that objects are safe from conservational lapses or theft; keep objects where they can be seen in the broadest global and historical context; do not forget that the geopolitical entities requesting their “return” are rarely the entities from which they were taken; and look for imaginative alternatives to permanent restitution, such as curatorial exchanges and long-term loans. And generally, one might reasonably add, say as little as possible about these issues in public.”

Quand Black Panther s’emparait de la restitution du patrimoine africain

Title: Quand Black Panther s’emparait de la restitution du patrimoine africain
Author: Mathilde Serrell
Media Outlet: France Culture
Publish Date: November 23, 2018

“La question dépasse les frontières du rapport remis au président Macron et traverse la pop culture. Mais comment les musées tentent-ils d’y répondre?“

The Museum Heist Scene in ‘Black Panther’ Adds Fuel to the Debate About African Art Restitution

Title: The Museum Heist Scene in ‘Black Panther’ Adds Fuel to the Debate About African Art Restitution
Author: Cascone, Sarah
Media Outlet: Artnet
Publish Date: March 5, 2018

Black Panther, the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is taking the box office by storm, raking in more than $700 million in ticket sales in just its first 12 days; it’s now closing in on $900 million. For art lovers, the superhero film has added intrigue: a dramatic museum heist that brings up thorny issues of colonialism and restitution in connection to the display and ownership of African artifacts.