Bomann-Museum Celle: Special exhibition on provenance research extended
The special exhibition “Suche nach Herkunft – NS-Raubkunst im Bomann-Museum?!” (Searching for origins—Nazi-looted art in the Bomann Museum?!) at the Bomann-Museum Celle has been extended and can now be viewed until September 13, 2020. It presents selected findings from three years of provenance research, which has been funded by the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg.
The exhibition provides insights into objects formerly owned by local Jewish citizens which were acquired by the museum after 1933. It also sheds light on acquisitions from art dealers, particularly Hans W. Lange in Berlin. To date, a number of objects have been identified which were expropriated during the systematic looting of artworks by the Nazis in Europe, including in the Netherlands and France. Two paintings acquired in 1943 previously belonged to the collection of Hitler’s official photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann. These, other cases, and the research paths can all be viewed in the exhibition.
At the beginning of March 2020, a new exhibition section on textile acquisitions was added, but could only be displayed for a few days before the museum had to be closed temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic. The museum and the exhibition reopened on May 7.
In 2016, the museum began to systematically examine the additions to its collections that were made between 1933 and 1945.
Information about the exhibition „Suche nach Herkunft – NS-Raubkunst im Bomann-Museum?!“ (only German version)