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Should Culturally or Historically Significant Artwork Be Property of the State?
This is an opportunity to repatriate artwork to the country where it came from.
This would be a source of national pride for the country as they are getting back what may have been previously stolen or looted from them.
When owned by the state, the art can be put in museums and galleries and can be accessed by the public.
Repatriation fights the illegal trade of stolen art.
In the future, less artwork looting of newly discovered peoples or cultures will take place because there is a precedent for artwork to be returned to its original location.
Once repatriated, it may be harder for people from all around the world to have access to the art.
The act of repatriation can cause old grievances to resurface and remind both countries that the art was stolen or taken in the first place.
The act of repatriation can cause
for the country that took the art.
This detracts from the
diverse and cosmopolitan
nature of museums and galleries worldwide.
Repatriation puts artwork at risk.