France

Restitution d’œuvres au Bénin : Paris dit travailler à un « retour » rapide

Title: Restitution d’œuvres au Bénin : Paris dit travailler à un « retour » rapide
Media Outlet: Libération, avec AFP
Publish Date: July 4, 2019

““La France va travailler au « retour » de 26 œuvres d’art réclamées par le Bénin sans attendre l’adoption d’une loi entérinant formellement cette restitution, a affirmé jeudi le ministre de la Culture Franck Riester.

« La restitution des œuvres fera l’objet d’une inscription dans la loi. Le calendrier reste encore à préciser compte tenu du nombre important de textes en discussion au Parlement […] Dans l’intervalle, ces 26 œuvres doivent pouvoir être vues, admirées et étudiées au Bénin », a déclaré le ministre à l’occasion d’un grand forum dédié à la question des « patrimoines africains » à Paris, selon le texte transmis par ses services.”

L'Afrique peut-elle accueillir ses oeuvres d'art restituées

Title: L'Afrique peut-elle accueillir ses oeuvres d'art restituées
Author: Alain Foka
Media Outlet: RFI
Publish Date: January 27, 2019

Deux mois après la remise du rapport Sarr-Savoy au président Emmanuel Macron, la tension autour de la restitution des oeuvres d'art africain est toujours présente dans les milieux muséaux en France. Certains conservateurs se demandant notamment si l'Afrique a les moyens d'accueillir ce patrimoine de 90 000 oeuvres. Une position qui fait bondir de nombreux responsables et conservateurs de musées africains. (…)
Avec :
- Bénédicte Savoy, historienne de l’art, professeur au Collège de France
- Silvie Memel Kassi, directrice du musée des Civilisations de Côte d’Ivoire
- Philippe Adoum Gariam, directeur du musée national du Tchad
- Hamady Bocoum, directeur du musée des Civilisations noires de Dakar, directeur de recherche à l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop
- Mahamat Abba Ousmane, directeur adjoint du musée national de Yaoundé.

France will have to change its laws to return its looted African art

Title: "France will have to change its laws to return its looted African art"
Author: Lynsey Chutel
Media Outlet: Quartz Africa
Publish Date: November 22, 2018

France is set to make good on president Emmanuel Macron’s promise to return Africa’s stolen art and artifacts. This week, a report will be released that outlines exactly why and how thousands of priceless objects should be returned to Africa. An early look at the report, due on Friday (Nov. 23), calls for a change in French law that would allow restitution through bilateral agreements between France and the affected African states.

France urged to return looted African art treasures

Title: "France urged to return looted African art treasures"
Author: Maclean, Ruth
Media Outlet: The Guardian
Publish Date: November 21, 2018

“Experts appointed by Emmanuel Macron will advise him this week to allow the return of thousands of African artworks held in French museums, a radical shift in policy that could put pressure on other former colonial powers, including the UK, to follow suit. Calls have been growing in Africa for the restitution of its cultural treasures, but French law strictly forbids the government from ceding state property, even in well-documented cases of pillaging.”

Museums in France Should Return African Treasures, Report Says

Title: "Museums in France Should Return African Treasures, Report Says"
Author: Nayeri, Farah
Media Outlet: The New York Times
Publish Date: November 21, 2018

PARIS — The sprawling Quai Branly Museum in Paris is stuffed with treasure. It has some 70,000 objects from sub-Saharan Africa in its collection, including magnificent statues from present-day Benin and delicate paintings that once decorated church walls in Ethiopia. But a long-awaited report coming out this week could have a dramatic impact on what visitors see there, with repercussions for other international museums.

In a Groundbreaking Report, Experts Advise French President Macron to Begin the ‘Restitution’ of Looted African Art

Title: “In a Groundbreaking Report, Experts Advise French President Macron to Begin the ‘Restitution’ of Looted African Art
Author: Kate Brown
Media Outlet: Artnet News
Publish Date: November 20, 2018

“A highly anticipated report, commissioned by the French President Emmanuel Macron, recommends the permanent repatriation of African heritage looted during the colonial era. The contents of the 108-page study could have far-reaching implications for not only French institutions but also international museums that are facing increasing calls to return works of art and artifacts that come from countries in Africa and beyond, which were arguably stolen.

According to the French weekly magazine Le Point, which has previewed the report, its authors—French art historian Bénédicte Savoy and Senegalese academic writer Felwine Sarr—support the permanent restitution of African heritage, taking a groundbreaking position on the hotly contested issue. They refer to artifacts acquired through “theft, looting, despoilment, trickery, and forced consent,” in support of their use of the word “restitution.” The full document is set to be released on Friday (November 23) at the presidential Elysée Palace in Paris.”

French President Takes Next Step Toward Repatriating African Artifacts

Title: French President Takes Next Step Toward Repatriating African Artifacts
Author: Sutton, Benjamin
Media Outlet: Hyperallergic
Publish Date: March 7, 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to repatriate African artifacts held in French museums to their countries of origin has taken a significant step forward. On Monday, following a meeting with Patrice Talon, the President of Benin, the French President named two experts who will spend the next several months investigating the issue: the Senegalese author and economist Felwine Sarr and the French art historian Bénédicte Savoy.

After a Promise to Return African Artifacts, France Moves Toward a Plan

Title: After a Promise to Return African Artifacts, France Moves Toward a Plan
Author: Quinn, Annalisa
Media Outlet: The New York Times
Publish Date: March 6, 2018

President Emmanuel Macron of France announced on Monday his appointment of two experts to make plans for the repatriation of African artifacts held in French museums, following his pledge in November that “African heritage cannot be a prisoner of European museums.