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German Maritime Museum exhibits provenance research objects

Date 2017.08.24

The Ger­man Mar­itime Mu­se­um in Bre­mer­haven has cre­at­ed a cab­i­net ex­hi­bi­tion in which it is dis­play­ing ob­jects that are cur­rent­ly the sub­ject of prove­nance re­search. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til the end of 2018. Vis­i­tors gain an in­sight in­to re­search ac­tiv­i­ties at the mu­se­um and the work of a prove­nance re­searcher. They can al­so un­der­take their own search for his­tor­i­cal clues with the help of var­i­ous ob­jects, in­clud­ing two paint­ings that are dis­played on the re­verse side. Along­side this, the mu­se­um is pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the ob­jects be­ing re­searched with the aim of rais­ing vis­i­tors’ aware­ness of Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty.

The ob­jects will be ex­changed dur­ing the course of the ex­hi­bi­tion. The Mar­itime Mu­se­um hopes that the ex­hi­bi­tion will help make its re­search ac­tiv­i­ties trans­par­ent for the pub­lic.

The prove­nance re­search ac­tiv­i­ties at the Ger­man Mar­itime Mu­se­um have been fund­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion in Magde­burg since Febru­ary 2017. In a one-year project, the mu­se­um in­tends to car­ry out a sys­tem­at­ic in­ves­ti­ga­tion of its hold­ings for cul­tur­al as­sets seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion. The hold­ings con­tain his­toric tech­ni­cal, so­cial and eco­nom­ic ob­jects, mod­el ships, paint­ings and prints, as well as archive records and pho­tographs from Ger­man mar­itime his­to­ry.

Project de­scrip­tion

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