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Colonization: Kinshasa launches a project on the return of its heritage

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Art, culture and heritage: levers to build the Africa we want“,” text “:” Based on the theme of his mandate at [la présidence de] the African Union entitled Art, culture and heritage: levers to build the Africa we want “}}”>Based on the theme of his mandate at [la présidence de] African Union titled Art, culture and heritage : levers to build the Africa we want, Félix Tshisekedi underlined during this council the opportunity to address the issue of recovering our heritage, in particular with the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, specifies the report.

This museum, located near Brussels, conceals a large and invaluable quantity of our finest works, add text.

A sculpture of an African man attempting to light a fire.

A sculpture of an African man on display at the Museum for Central Africa (MRAC) in Tervuren, on the outskirts of Brussels (archives).

Photo: Getty Images / GEORGES GOBET

Welcoming the cooperation of the Belgian authorities, he insisted on the need to see this repatriation process free from all passion and be part of a new cultural policy based on mutual respect., again indicates the report.

To achieve this, he says, the president asked the Prime Minister to create a national commission of common policy on the repatriation of Congolese cultural heritage, which should include ministries, experts, scientists, traditional leaders, traditional authorities, monarchs, etc.

A woman looks at a sculpture in a museum.

A woman looks at the sculpture of the “leopard man” at the Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren, on the outskirts of Brussels (archive).

Photo: Getty Images / GEORGES GOBET

The origin of the Tervuren museum, formerly known as Congo museum and now called AfricaMuseum, dates back to the Universal Exhibition of Brussels in 1897, the museum indicates on its website.

Its collections were built up largely during the colonial period, specifies the museum, which says to address the question of a possible restitution with an open and constructive mind. He notably recalls having transferred between 1976 and 1982, 114 ethnographic objects to the Institute of National Museums of Zaire (former name of DR Congo) in Kinshasa.

The King of the Belgians Leopold II had made the Congo his personal property between 1885 and 1908, before the country became a Belgian colony, until its independence in 1960.

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