Provenance and Restitution: The AfricaMuseum (Belgium) and "Its" Objects

April 3 Wednesday, 4:30pm | Oakley Center

Provenance research on collections from the Global South housed in Europe is now unavoidable in the fields of museum studies and cultural policy, yet no scholarly work has scrutinized the collections of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium (familiarly known as the “AfricaMuseum”) as a whole. Historian Didier Gondola takes on this task in a recently co-edited a volume, (Re)Making Collections: Origins, Trajectories & Reconnections (RMCA 2023) and in a co-curated exhibit at the museum, Re-Thinking Collections (Tervuren, Brussels, 2024).

Join us for a discussion between historians Didier Gondola and Benjamin Twagira to examine a broad overview of the issues of provenance and restitution and the specifics of these issues as they relate to the Tervuren Museum, Europe’s most iconic ethnographic depository.

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