Brussels, Belgium – As he walks through the building site that is Belgium’s Royal Museum for Central Africa in his plastic hardhat and reinforced boots, director Guido Gryseels lets out the occasional cry of surprise. “Ah – the elephant! I didn’t know he was back.” His words echo off the soaring walls, some painted ceiling to floor with vast maps of Africa – their place names, from “German East Africa” to “Leopoldville” trapping them in a brief moment in history. Next to one, above a doorway, a painted quote attributed to the museum’s founding father, the Belgian King Leopold II, reads: “For a people who love justice, a colonizing mission can only be a mission of high civilisation”.
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