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

menu Skip over navigation | Sla menu over


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.

Watch the video on provenance investigation.


Recommendations Restitutions Committee

On 20 July 2016 the Restitutions Committee advised the Minister of Education, Culture and Science to reject a claim to the painting Isaac Israels 's Children on the beach of museum Arnhem. The minister rejected the claim.

In 2015 the Amsterdam Museum, Zuiderzeemuseum, Dordrechts Museum, and Museum Tongerlohuys returned objects to their rightful claimants. As a result of this project, information in the provenance of these objects surfaced by means of which the heirs of the former owners could prove they were the legal owner.

A claim to a painting in the Open Air Museum in Arhnem was rejected after the Restitutions Committee issued a negative advice regarding this matter.

Read more