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Vortrag "The Power of Training Provenance" bei der ICOM General Conference in Prag am 25. August

Anfang 25.08.2022
Ende 25.08.2022
Ort Prag, National Museum of Agriculture (Národní zemědělské muzeum) Veranstalter ICOM with ICTOP – International Committee for the Training of Personnel

Vor­trag von So­phie Le­schik und Ma­ria Oben­aus: The Power of Trai­ning Pro­ve­nance. Trai­ning of Per­son­nel in Pro­ve­nance Re­se­arch in Ger­ma­ny

26th ICOM Ge­ne­ral Con­fe­rence “The Power of Mu­se­ums”, Prag, 20.-28. Au­gust 2022

Pro­ve­nance re­se­arch has al­ways be­en part of art his­to­ri­cal me­tho­do­lo­gy. It was of­ten a means to an end, for ex­am­ple to pro­ve the au­then­ti­ci­ty of a work of art or to de­ter­mi­ne its com­mer­ci­al va­lue ba­sed on past - and pos­si­b­ly pro­mi­nent - ow­ner­ship. Ho­we­ver, the spe­ci­fic re­qui­re­ments for pro­ve­nance re­se­arch we­re usual­ly not part of the uni­ver­si­ty cur­ri­cu­lum. Un­til a few years ago, pro­ve­nance re­se­ar­chers the­re­fo­re ac­qui­red the tools of the tra­de through "lear­ning by doing" and col­le­gi­al ex­change. Ba­sed on the ur­gent need to in­te­gra­te pro­ve­nance re­se­arch mo­re clo­se­ly in­to mu­se­um work, va­rious edu­ca­tio­nal and trai­ning pro­grams ha­ve de­ve­lo­ped over the past ten years.
In 2016, the first cer­ti­fi­ca­te cour­se in Ger­ma­ny, "Pro­ve­nance Re­se­arch - On the Ori­gin of Ob­jects" was or­ga­ni­zed at Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin, in­itia­ted and spon­so­red by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­ti­on. It is taught by ex­perts in the field of pro­ve­nance re­se­arch on si­te in Ber­lin, Dres­den, Mu­nich and Würz­burg mu­se­ums. The pro­gram is fo­cu­sed on Na­zi loo­ted art, the con­fis­ca­ti­on of cul­tu­ral pro­per­ty in the So­viet oc­cu­pa­ti­on zo­ne and the GDR as well as on ob­jects from co­lo­ni­al con­texts. It con­sists of se­ver­al mo­du­les which, thanks to the prac­ti­ce-ori­en­ted ap­proach, di­rect­ly ta­ke place in mu­se­ums whe­re pro­ve­nance re­se­arch is car­ried out. This trai­ning pro­gram is ai­med pri­ma­ri­ly at em­ploy­ees of mu­se­ums, col­lec­ti­ons, and mu­se­um as­so­cia­ti­ons, but al­so at free­lan­ce pro­ve­nance re­se­ar­chers and art dea­lers. Now in its se­venth ye­ar, it is still ex­pe­ri­en­cing strong de­mand.
Re­view­ing the col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve struc­ture of the afo­re­men­tio­ned cer­ti­fi­ca­te cour­se and its ad­ap­ta­bi­li­ty to new de­man­ds, it be­co­mes cle­ar that vo­ca­tio­nal trai­ning can bring about a change in awa­ren­ess for pro­ve­nance re­se­arch in cul­tu­ral in­sti­tu­ti­ons and that lear­ning op­por­tu­ni­ties for ju­ni­or staff can sub­stan­ti­al­ly con­tri­bu­te to its im­ple­men­ta­ti­on in mu­se­um prac­ti­ce.
The pre­sen­ta­ti­on will in­tro­du­ce trai­ning pro­grams for mu­se­um staff and trai­nees in Ger­ma­ny, but al­so show how pro­ve­nance re­se­arch de­ve­lo­ped in­to a dis­ci­pli­ne in its own right at Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties.

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