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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Update: Museum Acquisitions from 1933 onwards

As of 31 December 2018 there is no active provenance research as part of Museums Acquisitions from 1933 onwards. However, provenance research always continues. Because gradually more sources are digitally available, new information about the origin of collection can be added. The Museums Association and its members work together to maintain a database as complete as possible to inform original owners, their heirs and the public correctly. For updates, please contact Bente Bergmans, quality advisor ( / 020-5512900).

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