Dutch Committee Advises Government to Return Looted Art to Former Colonies

You may recall the early scene in Black Panther, in which Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger organizes a heist (or, depending on your point of view, repatriation) of art from a Western museum. This is in no way a new debate, but a change in attitude at some of the world’s great exhibition spaces may indeed be coming.

An advisory committee has just delivered a report to the Dutch government one year in the making, according to The New York Times. It recommends the return of artwork to the Netherlands’s former colonies in Indonesia, Surniame and the Caribbean. Should the Dutch government follow the guidelines, it would mean an investigative body will look at an object’s provenance when requests are made, and create a publicly accessible national database of all the colonial collections in Dutch museums.

This follows the spirit of something begun in France in 2018, but

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Return Looted Art to Former Colonies, Dutch Committee Tells Government

The Netherlands should return looted art to its former colonies: That’s the official recommendation of an advisory committee to the Dutch government.

After a year of research, including interviews with people in former Dutch colonies such as Indonesia, Suriname and several Caribbean islands, the committee released its report in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

The lawyer and human rights activist Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You, who led the committee, said in an interview that the government should acknowledge the injustices of colonialism and be willing to return objects without conditions if it can be proven that they were acquired involuntarily, and if their countries of origin ask for them.

The report calls for the creation of a body of experts to investigate objects’ provenance when requests are made, and a publicly accessible national database of all the colonial collections in Dutch museums.

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Portsmouth Historical Society’s online art auction ends Oct. 7 – News – seacoastonline.com

PORTSMOUTH — Only days remain to bid on more than 100 works by regional artists in the Portsmouth Historical Society’s “Jubilee” art auction that ends at 6 p.m. Oct. 7.

Half the proceeds support Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House Museum while the other half goes directly to 50 contributing artists. The online auction offers an array of paintings, many featuring familiar scenes, plus handcrafted jewelry, sculpture, woodworking and clothing.

“Buyers take home a treasured original new work of art while supporting its talented creator and the city’s 100-year-old historical society,” said PHS Executive Director Brian LeMay.

This year’s fall auction lets bidders join via a special online platform. BiddingForGood is a charitable e-commerce company designed to connect fundraisers, cause-conscious shoppers and socially responsible businesses. A desktop or laptop computer is the best way to view the gallery.

Art lovers can reach the auction via the PHS website,

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Dannevirke Art Society diamond exhibition opens

Dannevirke’s Art Society is 60 years old this year and as such it just had to overcome the Covid restrictions and celebrate its diamond exhibition this month.

Opening night is October 9 between 5.30pm and 7pm in the A&P Produce Hall and it is set to be a glittering affair as female guests are invited to bring out their diamonds and sequins and men to wear vests and bow ties. Entry costs $5.

Tracy Pearson painting Happy Birthday To Me as an entry in the Rosebowl Competition with the theme Celebration.
Tracy Pearson painting Happy Birthday To Me as an entry in the Rosebowl Competition with the theme Celebration.

In this time the winners of the Heather Foote Trophy and Rosebowl will be announced and after that sales of paintings on display can proceed. Several life members will be present and some of their work will be on display.

The exhibition continues through to October 18 from 10am-4pm daily with a late night Wednesday, October 14 until 7pm

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Art society gears up for exhibition

Dannevirke Art Society members are hard at work preparing for their 60th exhibition, which opens next week in the Home Industries Hall at the Dannevirke Showgrounds.

Billed as the society’s Diamond Exhibition, the opening on Friday, October 9, will be a celebration of the group’s formation 60 years ago and an evening of glitz and glamour.

Secretary Judy Giddens said those attending the opening are welcome to dress up for the occasion.

Entries for this year’s exhibition, which will run until Sunday, October 18, are moderate, possibly because there was earlier uncertainty as to whether the exhibition would go ahead because of Covid-19 lockdown.

The exhibition will feature a special display of work by its life members, many of whom are still active, and they will have the option of offering their work for sale.

The highly sought after Dannevirke Art Society Rosebowl will again be keenly contested.

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What Influences Art?

Usually words “Influence” and “art” are connected in a sentence like “how art influences your life,” but here we are going to speak about what influences art. Why an artwork is “warts and all,” what made it itself, and the reasons a particular piece of artwork might have its shape, colors, theme and, of course, underlying idea.

Generally, for consumers of art, art is a part of our life. We love art because it`s beautiful, because it`s our history, it`s a door to a different world, a world of our imagination and thoughts. But for artist his artwork is a part of him, of his life, it is his perception of some events around him; it is his way to show us history.

So any artwork is a result of many factors that influenced the artist. The list of these factors is endless. We are going to talk about what … Read More

The High Tone of Art in The Culture The Bambaras of Mali

The Bambara ethnic society is located in the central part of Mali. The Bambara cultivate the land for sustenance. The main occupation there is farming. The people engage in agricultural activities like the planting and cultivation of corn and other cereals. A section of the people also engages in pastoral farming. Some few selected people were trained in smithing and carving. These smiths and carvers are greatly respected and feared because they are believed to be closer to the gods and ancestors.

Their cultural life is cluttered with a lot of religious beliefs. These beliefs were greatly portrayed using artistic productions in sculpture, textiles, Blacksmithing, beadwork and much more. The Bambaras believe in God whom they call Faro. He is believed among the people as the creator and redeemer of the universe who sends rain for the fertility of the land. The sacred colour of Faro is white. Therefore, he … Read More

Art is a Reflection on Society – A Perspective

Art has always been a reflection of the emotions, personal struggle, and the path breaking events of a contemporary society. When a society demands or undergoes a change, art has mostly subtly complied with it. The Oxford Dictionary describes art as “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” In effect, art definitely is an expressive platform for individuals, groups, as well as society, especially the radical changes or events witnessed thereof. It usually depicts the current or a particular scenario in the purview of the political situation, economic, social, geographical, the emotions spun therein, the undertones of revolutions, and uprising, to name just some.

If we go periodical about discussing art as a reflection of society, then we begin from the most ancient. The ‘Prehistoric Art’ consisted of paintings on the rocks and caves, which symbolized … Read More