Senegal Unveils a Vast Museum That Raises the Stakes in Africa’s Campaign to Reclaim Its Art

For so long the artistic history of an entire continent has largely been told by others or stowed away in faraway museums. As pressure mounts on museums outside Africa to return art and artifacts plundered during the colonial era, an aspirational new pan-African institution in Senegal is hoping to change the narrative.

The Museum of Black Civilizations (MCN), which opened yesterday in the capital city of Dakar, aims to reshape the understanding of African history and that of the continent’s diaspora worldwide. Housed in a colossal new building, the prestige project, built with Chinese money and designed by Chinese-state architects for $30 million, symbolizes a tectonic shift in power relations in the West African country and across much of the continent.

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