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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Museum Acquisitions from 1933 onwards completed

The Museum Acquisitions from 1933 onwards project came to its conclusion on 31 December 2018. The museums completed the provenance research and submitted their reports. Conducting research into the provenance of art objects, however, never really ends. This website will be kept up to date.

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