Bénédicte Savoy is an art historian who often intervenes in current political and cultural debates. An expert on European cultural heritage and translocal cultural exchange, she is committed to the decolonisation of thought in the social and academic field. In 2016 she received the renowned Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation. To a wider public, she became known with a seminal report on the restitution of colonial artifacts, written together with Felwine Sarr and commissioned by French president Emmanuel Macron. In 2019, she curated, together with David Blankenstein, a much-acclaimed exhibition on the Humboldt brothers at the German Historical Museum. Savoy teaches art history at the College de France and at the Technical University of Berlin.
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