Oxford and Cambridge Universities Agree to Return 213 Benin Bronzes – ARTnews.com

University of Oxford and and University of Cambridge have agreed to return hundreds of Benin Bronzes, opening the possibility of the largest repatriation of looted artifacts from the United Kingdom to date. In January, Nigerian officials formally requested that Oxford’s Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean museums, and Cambridge’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), send back … Read more

Indigenous Groups in Canada Call on the Vatican to Return Their Cultural Belongings

The Anima Mundi Museum at the Vatican in Rome (via Wikimedia) First Nations and Indigenous leaders are calling for Indigenous works held at the Vatican to be repatriated ahead of Pope Francis’s July 24 trip to Canada. Many of the tens of thousands of objects arrived in Rome for the Church’s vast 1925 Pontifical Missionary … Read more

Protesters Urge British Museum to Return the Parthenon Marbles

LONDON — Around 60 protesters gathered at the British Museum on Saturday, June 18 in the latest call for the Parthenon Marbles in London to be returned to Greece. The protest marked the 13th anniversary of the opening of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, where around half of the original Parthenon sculptures are on display. … Read more

$86 M. Basquiat Makes Bullish Return, Bringing Phillips Evening Sale to Historic High $226 M. – ARTnews.com

While this year’s edition of Frieze New York may have drawn crowds to The Shed on Wednesday, Phillips joined the action staging an evening sale dedicated to 20th century and contemporary art that brought in a collective $226 million—marking the largest total in the company’s history. That figure was nearly double last year’s equivalent sale … Read more

Films to Watch on the 50th Anniversary of Okinawa’s Return to Japanese Rule

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Okinawa Prefecture officially reverting from American to Japanese control. Though the United States’ postwar occupation of Japan officially ceased in 1952 (though its military presence in the country remains significant to this day,) it was not for another two decades that they relinquished control of Okinawa, which holds … Read more

A Removed Columbus Monument in Chicago Makes a Baffling Return

CHICAGO — In June 2020, as the protests that followed the murder of George Floyd prompted debates and interventions around Confederate monuments in the United States, statues of Christopher Columbus also began to draw scrutiny. Activists in Chicago focused their attention on the Columbus statue at the southern end of the city’s storied Grant Park. … Read more

Finland to Return Russian Artwork Seized at Border Crossing – ARTnews.com

Finland will return three shipments of art bound for Russia that had been confiscated by customs officials, the Finnish foreign ministry announced Friday. The painting and sculptures — worth a collective $46 million — were en-route to Russian museums from Italy and Japan when it was seized at the Vaalimaa border crossing on suspicion of … Read more

Finland to Return Detained Art to Russia—and More Art News – ARTnews.com

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines THE WAR IN UKRAINE. Finland said that it is releasing artworks it had detained that were on route to Russian museums after appearing in shows in Italy and Japan, Graham Bowley reports in the New York … Read more

New York’s Best Documentary Festival Makes Its Return

Film at Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real is only on its ninth edition, but in its short lifetime it has become the most exciting documentary-focused film festival in New York. An exceptionally curated event, it brings together the most formally inventive and boundary-pushing recent works of nonfiction from across the globe — many of … Read more