Victoria Reed is the Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talk alongside a statue of the Dancing Shiva ahead of a meeting in New Delhi, 5 September, 2014. The $5 million bronze statue was returned to India from the National Gallery of Australia after it emerged that it had been stolen from a Tamil Nadu temple. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

How should museums respond to art smuggling scandals?

Despite all best efforts, museums can and do unwittingly acquire stolen artefacts. What happens when new information throws an item’s provenance into doubt?

24 Jan 2017