The New York Times examines the increasing number of calls for museums to repatriate objects suspected of being obtained illegally and how some professionals, such as the Curator of Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, have faced the challenge head-on.
“These are indisputably looted works of art,” said Ms. Reed, standing in the Benin Kingdom gallery as visitors milled about late on a recent Friday afternoon. “They are not acceptable under our collections policy, and we are prepared to pledge to restitute them.”
Curators at major museums are increasingly grappling with a thorny topic: restitution. This article is part of our latest special section on Museums, which focuses on new artists, new audiences and new ways of thinking about exhibitions.