Rijksmuseum laments Dutch failure to return stolen colonial art

Rijksmuseum laments Dutch failure to return stolen colonial art

Amsterdam gallery in talks with Sri Lanka and Indonesia about returning artefacts

One of the Netherlands’ most venerated institutions, the Rijksmuseum, has described the country’s failure to return artefacts stolen from former colonies as a “disgrace” as it opened talks with Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

The museum in Amsterdam is discussing the return of around 10 objects to their place of origin but there are thought to be about 1,000 stolen pieces in its collection.

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