EXHIBITION OPENING

COLLECTED. BOUGHT. LOOTED? Case Studies from a Colonial and National Socialist Context

Exhibition opening: Wednesday, 15th August, 7pm

How did ancestor figures from Nias off the western coast of Sumatra enter the European art market in the early twentieth century? Why could the museum buy objects rather ‘cheaply’ in Paris and Amsterdam in the early 1940s? Is a weapon belt from South Africa war booty?
These are just some of the questions arising from a critical review of the Weltkulturen Museum’s collection. For many of the museum’s objects, their provenance remains vague with hardly any written records documenting their acquisition. To specifically address these issues, the exhibition COLLECTED. BOUGHT. LOOTED? presents a number of case studies to highlight collecting practices in the colonial context and under the Nazi regime. The histories of these objects clearly underline the importance of a long-term analysis of the museum’s own collection history. At the same time, the exhibition shows the limits often encountered when reconstructing the acquisition of museum objects and how, in many cases, the further questions raised remain unanswered.

This exhibition is part of a cooperation with the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, the Museum Judengasse and the Museum Angewandte Kunst, which are opened their own exhibitions on this topic in May and June 2018.
Curated by Julia Friedel and Vanessa von Gliszczynski.

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Funded by the Frankfurt Department of Cultural Affairs Cooperation Fund.

Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37