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Benin. The collection at the Weltkulturen Museum. Retrospective. Part 1

Objects from the Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria) occupy a central role in the debate on the restitution of cultural property. The collection of the Weltkulturen Museum also contains over fifty objects made of metal, wood and ivory from the Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria). When and under what circumstances did they enter the collection of what was then known as the Völkermuseum?

A research project into provenance funded by the German Lost Art Foundation has been conducted at the Frankfurt museum in order to address these questions, exploring the complex ownership status behind these objects. While the first exhibition will showcase the objects in the collection and provide insight into research, the second exhibition will focus on various artistic and scholarly perspectives from Nigeria and the Diaspora.

Part 1:
20 July – 24 September 2023
Opening: Wednesday, 19 July, 7pm

Part 2:
11 October - 31 December 2023
Opening: Tuesday, 10 October, 7pm

Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37
Admission free