Reclaiming Kenyan art from foreign museums

Children visiting the Nairobi National Museum. Africa has started a world-wide campaign to reclaim its art, and the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) have not been left behind. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • The International Inventories Programme (IIP) aims to change the discussions around lost African art
  • It will be launched on Thursday 28th November at the National Museums in Nairobi
  • The museums have partnered with artistes from the NEST Collective in Kenya and the SHIFT Collective in Germany

In the 19th and 20th century, colonies in Africa were ripe for picking and plunder. Aside from its people and its natural resources, the ‘dark’ continent was also stripped of its art.

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