Smithsonian Adopts Landmark Policy on Ethical Restitution

A new policy announced last Friday, April 29 by the Smithsonian Institution (SI) gives its constituent museums the authority to return items in their collections that were looted or otherwise acquired under unethical circumstances. The SI is formalizing a policy that was originally recommended by the Ethical Returns Working Group, comprised of Smithsonian curators and … Read more

Bastion House – the passing of a London landmark

From the April 2022 issue of Apollo. Preview and subscribe here. Bastion House is aptly named. Looming over London Wall, it has a monolithic grandeur, every inch the imperious, modern office building. At 17 storeys high, it would be a mere stripling in Manhattan, but with its crisp, curtain-walled exterior, it still exudes midtown panache, … Read more

Smithsonian Announces Landmark Decision to Repatriate Benin Bronzes

Edo artist/Benin kingdom court style, bracelet, 17th-18th century, copper alloy, gilt traces. Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Collection of Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (all images courtesy the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art) The Smithsonian Institution announced yesterday its decision to repatriate the majority of … Read more