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Exhibiting the Benin Bronzes - The Arts Past & Present

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Published on Jul 26, 2011

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The academic dilemmas behind curatorial decisions on ways of displaying the Benin Bronzes.

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talk2me9ja
What is the purpose of the west putting our arts in Museums?  To show that they defeated us.  But we are having the last laugh by using those art work to debunk the lies that they have been fabricating about the Edo/Benin Empire and its people.  The lies that the British spread against the Edo/Benin Empire and its people, after invading  slaughtering, ransacking, looting, scattering the people by fragmenting Edo/Benin Empire and people and then inventing propaganda and malicious inventions of history, unflattering pictures, and drawings of the people that shows them as primitive and savages.  This is just in one location where these art are located.  Thieves!!! They are not ashame to display what they stole from other people.  The only problem that the Edo/Benin have now is the west fabrications of theories and history which they are attaching to the works of Arts, which will distort the real story behind the art work in the future.  They keep the propaganda going by keeping these arts in western museums.
Jamila Lynch
Honestly, the Europeans need to give Benin its art back!!!
talk2me9ja
"We took their underlying concept"  meaning they took the fabricated concepts behind the artifacts that the British spread even both in Nigeria and around the world which even current Edo People  still believe, which some of them still regurgitate to fabricate the story behind the artifacts.  So invent lies,  spread them, then after a while the lies are use to invent theories.  That is what the west does after destroying and looting nations. Pathetic.
talk2me9ja
Zionists lies that they have been Fabricating.
Randy paul
they are eventually going to hand it all over whether they like it or not
Ray Kent
I'd love to see this exhibition, but I guess it's not permanent? I saw a temporary exhib at the british museum which had lost-wax miniatures in gold from benin. I was amazed. Now, I can't find any references. It was a long time ago, and my memory is rubbish, so perhaps they weren't in gold, or they weren't from benin.... anyone help? One worry: if only the most beautiful water-carriers are shown, and the ordinary one's aren't, then that could skew perception of a culture too. Anyway, nice video, thanks, and there's much that's wonderful in african art, music, storytelling.... 
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seeker-of-truth
I hate the fact that Europe stole these art work. On the other hand, the deserve to be seen and enjoyed by the world. Unfortunately, that won't happen if they are in Africa. Africans seem to want to hide their achievements. The only ones fighting for recognition of African achievements are those in the diaspora. And we get nothing but criticism from them when we do. But for our ancestors sake, let's keep fighting for our heritage.
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