Why The National Museums Liverpool Turned Personal Connections Into NFTs

In between the Luf boat and the Benin Bronzes, the debate surrounding museum repatriation swirls ever-more urgently, as cultural institutions, under the glare of restorative justice, have been called upon to return historical artifacts that were looted in the shadow of war or colonialism. Vitally, though, the issue surfaces a more elemental question: who reallyowns the objects in museums? As Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, on the verge of receiving Germany’s store of Benin Bronzes, put it in a press statement, “Culture is a living thing. Yes, the objects are from Benin, but today, they are global.”

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