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Date 2019.07.09

Museum Collections in Motion

The growing public awareness of colonial violence and historical injustice has put ethnographic collections into the spotlight of social and political debates. Museums are increasingly confronted with the challenge to decolonize their exhibition practices and examine their collection history for looted art, colonial entanglements, and systematic exclusions. The recent initiative of French President Macron to explore the modalities for restituting African objects from French collections has opened a new chapter in the debate on restitution and repatriation. While its actual implementation remains to be seen, the report by
Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy has set a world-wide agenda for decolonizing museum collections and academic research in the coming years. More details: Museum Collections in Motion …

Inventarkarten, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg (refer to: Museum Collections in Motion)
Gestell eines kleinen Tisches auf gedrechselten Beinen - 19. Jahrhundert, in einem Depot der Kulturstiftung Sachsen-Anhalt im ehemaligen Feudalmuseum Schloss Wernigerode (refer to: New edition of periodical "Provenienz & Forschung" (Provenance and research) published)
Date 2019.05.15

New edition of periodical "Provenienz & Forschung" (Provenance and research) published

The nature of seizures and transfers of cultural goods in the Soviet Occupation zone from 1945 to 1949 and in the GDR from 1949 to 1989 varied greatly. Since 2017, these incidents have been reviewed as part of basic research projects with the center's cooperation partners. This booklet illustrates not only the necessity for differentiated examination of these two complexes, but also of an evaluation of the legitimacy of seizures. It also illuminates the historic players and mechanisms, showing the bandwidth and diversity of current research. More details: New edition of periodical "Provenienz & Forschung" (Provenance and research) published …

Lynn Rother: Kunst durch Kredit. Die Berliner Museen und ihre Erwerbungen von der Dresdner Bank 1935 (refer to: Lynn Rother: Kunst durch Kredit. Die Berliner Museen und ihre Erwerbungen von der Dresdner Bank 1935)

Lynn Rother: Kunst durch Kredit. Die Berliner Museen und ihre Erwerbungen von der Dresdner Bank 1935

Lynn Rother, Senior Provenance Specialist at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, describes the transaction in which the State of Prussia bought more than 4,000 artworks from the Dresdner Bank for the Berlin museums for the huge sum of 7.5 million Reichsmarks on August 15, 1935. The transaction is explored here for the first time from an art historical and banking perspective. More details: Lynn Rother: Kunst durch Kredit. Die Berliner Museen und ihre Erwerbungen von der Dresdner Bank 1935 …