African masks, oriental bronzes, and ships from the South Sea are slated to be the major attractions in the planned Humboldt Forum museum. However, questions remain as to how these objects, which have been amassed in the various local collections over centuries, found their way to Berlin. In preparation for these new exhibitions, the final panel discussion of the symposium “All the Beauty of the World. The Western Market for non-European Artefacts (18th-20th century)”seeks an open and intensive debate over the politics of restitution in the cases of illegal or unethical acquisition and discusses questions of the often violent and imbalanced power relations, the colonial gaze, and the legalities of a developing art market.
Moderator: Harald Asel (Inforadio|rbb) | Discussants: Angelika Borchert, Viola König, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and and Bénédicte Savoy