Art institutions rewrite history

On the day the British Museum in London reopens its doors to the public, after about four months, it joins the Black Lives Matter movement. The historic English institution removed from its pedestal the statue of its founder Sir Hans Sloane, physician and owner of African slaves in Jamaica in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In a historical period like the one we are experiencing, characterized by struggles led by minorities who suffer historical heritage, also another important institution like the Witte de With has made public the news that soon will withdraw its thirty-year name “Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art”. In this phase of decolonization it is now clear that even the major artistic institutions are “losing” important pieces, such as their founders, on which they weigh questionable past.

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