“There is a massive to explore possible looted art from the colonial period,” said Prof. Wiebke Ahrndt, head curator of the Übersee-Museum in Bremen, Germany, on Tuesday in Hamburg. The ethnologist has developed for the Museum of the Federal guidelines, such as the museums, with full responsibility, with art from the colonial period. So far, there is no legal basis for the restitution of looted art. “The museums do it on a voluntary Basis, because they feel morally obliged,” said the Museum’s Director. Experts from the former colonies had discussed for two days in Hamburg about dealing with Collections of colonial origin. In may 2018 by the German museums Association has published a guide to complemented by an international perspective and – if necessary – to be revised. In the spring, a second edition of the guide will be in German and English published.

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