BENIN 1897 - COLOGNE 2021
Friday, 14 May 2021, 7 pm
Talk in English || online via ZOOM || Q&A afterwards
With its 94 royal artworks from the Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria), the RJM (Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum) has the fourth largest collection of these objects in Germany. They are among the most prominent looted artworks in the debate on the restitution of artefacts from a colonial context.
What is to be done with this Cologne collection?
Moderated by Prof. Dr. Ciraj Rassool (University of Cape Town):
Dan Hicks || Author of "The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution".
Enotie Ogbebor || Director on the Board of the Legacy Restoration Trust (LRT) in Lagos, organiser of the new Edo Museum for West African Arts (E.M.O.W.A.A) in Benin City, Nigeria
Andreas Görgen || Head of the Department of Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office
Peju Layiwola || Curator of the room BENIN 1897 in the exhibition "Resist! The Art of Resistance
Nanette Snoep || Director Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne
The complete inventory of the Cologne Benin Collection as well as a first overview of provenances are available on the RJM website: http://rjm-resist.de/en/portfolio-item/the-rjm-collection-of-royal-artworks-from-the-kingdom-of-benin-edo-state-nigeria/