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A changeful relationship

In the special exhibition of the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, the Museum of Islamic Art, the Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art, the Coin Cabinet, the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, the National Gallery and the Central Archive - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - the subject of the provenance of archaeological collection objects will be addressed in this joint exhibition of those museums within the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin that have objects from the territory of the former Ottoman Empire in their collections.


Using archaeological objects, related documents and photographs, the exhibition will tell the stories of and about the objects that came to Berlin via various routes, with and without the consent of the relevant authorities and institutions in the Ottoman Empire. The latest findings of archaeological provenance research will be incorporated; political, legal and ethical aspects will be addressed. The aim is to provide visitors with as differentiated a picture as possible of the historical conditions and the individual, often complex acquisition histories.


Dates
December 2024
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