On Thursday, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Haji Lai Muhammad, announced that Germany and Nigeria had signed. A letter of intent It is reported that more than a thousand Benin bronzes are being repatriated. In particular, the new plan defines the process that leads. Exchange of goods Will begin in the second quarter of 2022, and plans for a new contract will be strengthened in December this year. In the ongoing process of different countries around the world to find out how they will deal with their bronze, Germany has made a unique demonstration. Desire to cooperate.
In March, representatives of Germany’s cultural departments began meeting with Nigerian politicians to discuss the return. Of bronze. More clear plans were strengthened. During the summerAnd now, things seem more or less official. “The German government and the German people have taken a bold step by announcing Nigeria’s willingness to return samples voluntarily and without coercion.” Said in a statement.
Currently in the Berlin Museum, approx 400 bronze. He also owns bronze in other German museums, including the London Museum in Stuttgart and the Museum Rothenbaum, which he is about to return. British Museum in the UK and Koai Brainley Museum in Paris. Benin has also expressed interest in returning its bronze, but the institutions have not moved as fast as a cultural gathering in Germany.
“As far as we know, the Benin bronze was largely obtained illegally,” said Hartmot Dorjlou, director of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. Art Net News. Back in March. “The Humboldt Forum is debating what the ultimate outcome of these decisions will be in view of the Benin Bronze Plan and will be decided in consultation with the partners in Nigeria. One thing is for sure, the exhibition will address the injustices.” Will