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When should a museum return looted items? It's complicated

By Nina Siegal

15 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague is hosting an exhibition titled "Loot: 10 Stories" that explores the history of dubious museum acquisitions, including Nazi-looted art and objects stolen by colonial powers.

Some museums contain artworks that were looted by the Nazis during World War II. Others have amassed collections of objects stolen by colonial powers. Yet others saw their own collections plundered as the spoils of war.

The Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands, has it all.

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