Provenance, art and ethics: The ArtsHubbub episode 17

Who owns art and when should it be returned? NGA Director Nick Mitzevich speaks in our latest podcast.

Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Nick Mitzevich, believes that soon, the deaccessioning and repatriation of artworks from museum and gallery collections will no longer be considered ‘an exceptional act, but a common act’.

His reasoning? ‘The guidelines and the principles have changed, and we as museums must respond to it.’

In episode 17 of The ArtsHubbub, Mitzevich speaks at length about the ‘vortex of change’ we are living through, where museums and galleries around the world are rethinking their ethical position with regard to the cultural and religious objects held in their collections.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina