What can European museums learn from each other in dealing with their shared colonial heritage? Together with international museum experts we investigate what the museum of the 21st century should look like and how they can help us understand our colonial past, in the context of the publication of three recent reports on restitutions (France, Germany, The Netherlands).
This question has led to important debates throughout Europe, but so far this matter has only been a subject of national debates. In order to see what we can learn from each other we speak with representatives from different countries and actively link the previously isolated debates to a European level.
Didier Houénoudé is the Director of the National Institute of Crafts, Archaeology and Culture at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Bénin. He will share his vision on how European countries should deal with the esthetical value, as well as the political and ethical dimensions of this subject.
Alicia Knock is a curator from Centre Pompidou in Paris, dealing with new exhibition and working formats, even questioning the museum itself. She is currently working on expanding the museum’s perspectives toward West Africa and Central Europe.
Andrea Kieskamp is a Board Member for ICOM’s international Committee on Ethical Dilemma’s.
This programme is in cooperation with Institut Francais and Goethe Institut.