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“Bought. Collected. Looted? How things came into the museum”
Together with the Historisches Museum, the Museum Angewandte Kunst an the Jüdisches Museum

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. To specifically address these issues, the exhibition “COLLECTED. BOUGHT. LOOTED? Case studies fro ma Colonial and National Socialist Context” from August 2018 to January 2019 presented a number of case studies to highlight collecting practices in the colonial context and under the Nazi regime.

The cause for the exhibition was the presentation of the exhibition „Legalisierter Raub. Der Fiskus und die Ausplünderung der Juden in Hessen 1933-1945“ of the Fritz Bauer Institute at the Historisches Museum Frankfurt. The Jüdisches Museum, the Museum Angewandte Kunst and the Weltkulturen Museum joined the project and five exhibitions and a joint programme emerged.