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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Afrikacentrum

Cadier en Keer

Investigation results

None of the objects in this museum have problematic provenance.

Result of this investigation

The museum reports that none of the objects in its collection have problematic provenance. The museum reached this conclusion following an investigation of the registration system, the old registration cards and based on information provided by a former staff member connected to the museum while it still actively acquired new objects. A handful of items were purchased at Straete art gallery in Brussels. This dealer bought objects from people who had been in the colonies and missionary posts. The museum reports that no new traditional items have been purchased since the 1970s. Since then, the collection has expanded with gifts from private collectors - items that have no uniquely identifiable characteristics.

Information from previous research (report Museum Acquisitions 1940-1948)

View reaction of Afrikacentrum in the report Museale acquisitions 1940-1948 which was published in 1999 in response to the previous museum research.

About this museum and its collection

After operating independently for over 50 years, in 2014 Africa Museum merged with Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum and Leiden’s Ethnographic Museum. The museum focuses on African art and culture. Most of the exhibits at the museum are from West Africa, including sculpture, ritual masks, traditional musical instruments, gold weights and utensils. These were collected by Christian missionaries posted to West Africa by Société des Missions Africaines (SMA).