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LAUNCH OF THE PUBLICATION TITLED "LOCATING NAMIBIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE IN MUSEUMS AND UNIVERSITIES IN GERMAN-SPEAKING COUNTRIES. A FINDING AID FOR PROVENANCE RESEARCH"

 

Invitation to the official launch of a publication titled "Locating Namibian Cultural Heritage in Museums and Universities in German-Speaking Countries. A Finding Aid for Provenance Research"

What kind of cultural heritage produced in Namibia can be found in German, Austrian and Swiss museums? And how did it get there? – These are two of the main questions behind the publication to be launched on Tuesday, the 09th of April 2024, at the Goethe-Institut in Windhoek at 09h00.

The publication compiles information on 39 institutions that have accessioned, altogether, almost 19,000 pieces of tangible cultural heritage produced in Namibian communities over a period of time of more than 160 years (pre-1860s to date). Building on the Africa Accessioned project initiated by the Museums Association of Namibia in 2014, it aims to give a first overview of these collections, facilitate collaborative provenance research on this Namibian cultural heritage and foster its possible repatriation and restitution. A particular focus has been set on cultural heritage translocated under German colonial rule in Namibia (1884-1914), including cultural heritage acquired violently in military campaigns of the German colonial regime.

The publication is a result of a collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, the Museums Association of Namibia, the National Museum of Namibia, the University of Namibia and the German Lost Art Foundation. It is part of the German Lost Art Foundation's series "Working Paper Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste" (no. 6).

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture remains committed to fostering continued dialogue with Namibian stakeholders and German partners on issues pertaining to provenance research and possible repatriation and restitution of Namibian cultural heritage currently in German-speaking countries in Europe.

The German Lost Art Foundation (https://kulturgutverluste.de/en) funds and fosters provenance research on cultural heritage from colonial contexts held in German institutions. GLAF is committed to reaching out to the previous owners, artists/producers and users of cultural heritage translocated to German institutions under colonial conditions.

The publication can be downloaded for free from the publication platform of the Max Weber Stiftung (https://perspectivia.net) at: https://doi.org/10.25360/01-2024-00002.

Given the above, the collaborative institutions cordially invite all Namibians to attend the launch of the publication titled "Locating Namibian Cultural Heritage in Museums and Universities in German-Speaking Countries. A Finding Aid for Provenance Research".  The event will take place at Goethe-Institut, Windhoek, 5 Fidel Castro St, Auditorium, on Tuesday, the 09th of April 2024 from 09h00-11h00.

 

Please download the full press release here.

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