In this section you will learn about issues in museum collecting. How do art objects end up in museums? Were those objects purchased, donated or stolen?


You will also learn about contemporary efforts to return or repatriate art objects to communities of origin.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit you will be able to:

Critically analyze issues in art collection.
Learn art terminology.

Identify titles, creators, and dates of various art objects.


These are the activities to be completed for this section:

Watch the video: “Yinka Shonibare MBE – ‘I’m the Rebel Within'”
Read: “African art and the effects of European contact and colonization”
Read: “Spoils of war”
Read: “Benin’s Looted Bronzes Are All Over the Western World. Here Are 7 Museums That Hold Over 2,000 of the Famed Sculptures”
Watch the video: “Art repatriation: Where do African treasures belong?”
Watch the video: “Nigerians Demand Return of Ancient Art”

Read “To Protest Colonialism, He Takes Artifacts From Museums”
Read and watch the video: These ‘Bad Beuys’ Stole an Artwork by Joseph Beuys From Germany—and Gave It to a Tanzanian Museum as a Comment on Colonial Plunder”

Complete the Journal Assignment.


Video: Yinka Shonibare – ‘I’m the Rebel Within’URL



Reading: African art and the effects of European contact and colonization



Reading: Spoils of war



· Reading: Benin’s Looted Bronzes Are All Over the Western World. Here Are 7 Museums That Hold Over 2,000 of the Famed SculpturesURL

Video: Art repatriation: Where do African treasures belong?



· Video: Nigerians Demand Return of Ancient ArtURL


Reading: To Protest Colonialism, He Takes Artifacts From MuseumsURL


Reading & Video: These ‘Bad Beuys’ Stole an Artwork by Joseph Beuys From Germany—and Gave It to a Tanzanian Museum as a Comment on Colonial PlunderURL


Concluding RemarksPage


When studying art history, it is important to consider histories and contexts in museum collection



Why is it important to consider museum collection practices in understanding art?

Based on the reading and course resources for this week together with your own knowledge and experience, write 5-6 sentences in response to the question.

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