How do we trace the origin of collections? What new insights can be gleaned from these provenances? And what should become of such collections, within and beyond museum walls?
‘ReThinking Collections’, a new temporary exhibition on provenance research, opened its doors at the AfricaMuseum.
‘ReThinking Collections’ is a new temporary exhibition devoted to provenance research. Most of the collections in the Royal Museum for Central Africa were acquired during the colonial era, in what is now the DR Congo. Provenance research and the related topic of restitution are attracting more attention in current social and political debate. But how do we trace the origin of collections? What new insights can be gleaned from these provenances? And what should become of such collections, within and beyond museum walls?
The exhibition attempts to shed light on the many approaches to provenance research and the current issues surrounding it. It presents varied and occasionally surprising pieces, and addresses questions related to this contested heritage. The exhibition also explores new perspectives and future approaches to colonial collections.
‘ReThinking Collections’ is inspired by the book (RE)MAKING COLLECTIONS. Origins, Trajectories & Reconnections / LA FABRIQUE DES COLLECTIONS: Origines, trajectoires & reconnexions, edited by Sarah Van Beurden, Didier Gondola & Agnès Lacaille, in the series ‘Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities’, vol. 181. Tervuren: RMCA, 2023.
The exhibition will be on view from the 19th of January until the 29th of September 2024. For more information, please visit AfricaMuseum.