The National Museum Lagos is one of 19 significant international art conservation projects that have been chosen for the Bank of America (BOA) Arts Conservation Project 2022.
350 bronze Igbo-Ukwu artifacts are expected to be restored with the help of the grant money. The Igbo-Ukwu bronzes have never before been funded for conservation, until this donation.
The Nigerian National Museum stated in a statement that the money will allow it to complete a structural study, collection consolidation, and thorough conservation and treatment of 350 culturally significant Igbo-Ukwu objects in its collection, starting with a choice of 150 bronze items.
On-site at the National Museum, the restoration process will last about 8 months and with the assistance of a professional conservator.
“The grant which is about 40,000USD provides an avenue for proper and adequate conservation of Igbo-Ukwu objects, especially some that are already corroded and needs to be restored, Director-General of Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Abba Isa Tijani, said, “It allows the National Commission for Museums and Monuments the opportunity to exhibit objects in their best states for public education and enlightenment.”
“Through the Art Conservation Project, we have an opportunity to shine a light on the perpetual need for conservation and preservation, Brian Siegel, worldwide executive for arts and heritage at Bank of America, said, “Our support helps ensure that future generations can celebrate and enjoy these historic works of art for years to come.”