German Maritime Museum exhibits provenance research objects
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.