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Provenance research at the MEK

The Museum of European Cultures is currently researching the history of two collections, each of which is among the most extensive in the German-speaking region.

The Sámi collection has its roots in the Royal Prussian Art Chamber and was systematically expanded between 1880 and 1929 on behalf of the Museum of Ethnology (today the Ethnological Museum). It was therefore largely created in the colonial context of non-European ethnological collections.

The collection from Southeast Europe was brought together primarily by the photojournalist and later botanist Gustav-Adolf Küppers during several trips through the region in the 1930s. Küppers was interested in the past working and everyday worlds on the Balkan Peninsula and from 1939 he also held an important position in the Wehrmacht's Balkan department.

On the occasion of Provenance Research Day, collection discussions take place in the depots.

This event takes place in spoken German and is included in museum admission.

Registration required. The number of participants is limited.
Additional information
Meeting point: foyer

Booking: booking/prior registration essential


Unfortunately, the venue is not barrier-free accessible. Further information about accessibility in the MEK can be found here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on +49 30 83 01 429.