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Title:The 'commercial' and 'museum' life of some Akan brass works
Author:Labi, Kwame AmoahISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Geographic term:Ghana
material culture
Abstract:In April 2008, the University of Ghana's Institute of African Studies opened an exhibition of Dieter Röttger's (1930-2003) brass work collection, entitled ''Kuduo': the Akan Art of Brass Casting'. Against the background of challenges museums face in Ghana, the Institute was determined to use this new collection as a model for attracting the public to view and use the objects and the museum's holdings in general. Following a description of the collection, the present paper compares the use of the collection in a private house in Germany and in a public space in Ghana. The paper is framed around the acquisition history, management and security of the collection. It proposes that artefacts also have a commercial, aesthetic, and museum educational life. Also, it offers the opportunity to present an argument for an effective model for the repatriation of cultural property to Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]