Austria Takes Responsibility: Recommendations for Dealing with Art Objects from Colonial Contexts Presented

Lifestyle & TravelCulture ♦ Published: June 20, 2023; 15:58 ♦ (Vindobona)

At a press conference, State Secretary for Art and Culture Andrea Mayer, together with Jonathan Fine, Director of the Vienna World Museum, presented the recommendations for action of an international advisory panel on the handling of art objects from a colonial context in Austrian federal museums.

More than 36,000 artifacts from sub-Saharan Africa are housed in the Weltmuseum Wien, located in the Hofburg Palace. / Picture: © Dennis Jarvis/ Flickr Attribution (CC BY 2.0,

At the beginning of 2022, the internationally staffed committee, chaired by Weltmuseum Director Jonathan Fine, began its work on behalf of the Ministry of Culture. The discussion on how to deal with art objects from a colonial context is part of a broader process in which Austria wants to become aware of its past and take responsibility for past suffering and injustice.