Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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Museum Provenance Investigation

In 2009, the Museums Association asked museums in the Netherlands to investigate the provenance of their collections. The aim was to compile an inventory of objects of which the provenance suggests possible theft, confiscation, sale under duress or other suspicious circumstances between 1933 and the end of the Second World War. This investigation into Museum Acquisitions from 1933 onwards focuses exclusively on art and Jewish ritual objects in Dutch museums.

This investigation follows on from the investigation into Museum Acquisitions in 1940-1948 that the Museums Association asked its members to conduct in 1998-1999.

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Restitutions committee / Alessandro Vittoria 'Moses'

On 16 April 2018 a binding opinion by the Restitions Committee was issued. It advises Museum de Fundatie (the Stichting Hannema-de Stuers Fundatie) to restitute the sculpture ‘Moses’, attributed to Alessandro Vittoria, to the legal successors of its former owner.

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