The Brutish Museums

The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution

New York Times 'Best Art Books' 2020

'Essential' - Sunday Times

'Brilliantly enraged' - New York Review of Books

'A real game-changer'- Economist



Walk into any Western museum today and you will see the curated spoils of Empire. Les mer
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New York Times 'Best Art Books' 2020

'Essential' - Sunday Times

'Brilliantly enraged' - New York Review of Books

'A real game-changer'- Economist



Walk into any Western museum today and you will see the curated spoils of Empire. They sit behind plate glass: dignified, tastefully lit. Accompanying pieces of card offer a name, date and place of origin. They do not mention that the objects are all stolen.



Few artefacts embody this history of rapacious and extractive colonialism better than the Benin Bronzes - a collection of thousands of metal plaques and sculptures depicting the history of the Royal Court of the Obas of Benin City, Nigeria. Pillaged during a British naval attack in 1897, the loot was passed on to Queen Victoria, the British Museum and countless private collections.



The Brutish Museums sits at the heart of a heated debate about cultural restitution, repatriation and the decolonisation of museums. Since its first publication, museums across the western world have begun to return their Bronzes to Nigeria, heralding a new era in the way we relate to the objects of empire we once took for granted.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

List of plates

Preface

1. The Gun That Shoots Twice

2. A Theory of Taking

3. Necrography

4. White Projection

5. World War Zero

6. Corporate-Militarist Colonialism

7. War on Terror

8. The Benin-Niger-Soudan Expedition

9. The Sacking of Benin City

10. Democide

11. Iconoclasm

12. Looting

13. Necrology

14. 'The Museum of Weapons, etc.'

15. Chronopolitics

16. A Declaration of War

17. A Negative Moment

18. Ten Thousand Unfinished Events

Afterword: A Decade of Returns

Appendix 1: Provisional List of the Worldwide Locations Of Benin Plaques Looted in 1897

Appendix 2: Sources of Benin Objects in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (the 'First Collection')

Appendix 3: Sources of Benin Objects in the former Pitt-Rivers Museum, Farnham ('the Second Collection')

Appendix 4: Current Location of Benin Objects previously in the Pitt-Rivers Museum at Farnham (the 'Second Collection')

Appendix 5: A Provisional List of Museums, Galleries and Collections that May Currently Hold Objects Looted from Benin City in 1897

Notes

References

Index

Om forfatteren

Dan Hicks FSA is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford, Curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum, and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. He was awarded the 2017 Rivers Memorial Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute, and was Visiting Professorat the musee du quai Branly Jacques-Chirac in Paris in 2017-18. Dan has published eight books including The Cambridge Companion to Historical Archaeology (CUP, 2006).