MY INTERESTS

Amazon

Databank of feather ornaments in European and Brazilian museums. Feather analysis and regional re-classification

AFRICA

Figures and masks in European museums. Regional specialism: bronze and ivory artefacts from Benin; Cameroon Waldland

ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUMS

Comparing ethnographical museums in Europe, Humboldt-Forum, European collection history, Projects in Brazil

And more

The history of collecting, the market for African art, media and politics

NEWS

EUROPE MUSEUM PROJECT

2015-2017

Change in Europe's Ethnological Museums? A Comparison of aims, discussions and solutions.
A project with Martin Schultz and Audrey Peraldi.

A few million works from thousands of non-European cultures can be seen in Europe's ethnological museums. Many are unique or very rare world heritage works that no longer exist in their country of origin. The collections and their histories provide a great opportunity for future exchanges as well as cultural and scientific cooperation with representatives from these countries. The ethnological museums are in a transition period. Some have been since the 1990s. Existing buildings have been – or are in the course of being – renovated, collections digitalised, permanent exhibitions reconceptualised, names changed. Museums have been organisationally amalgamated and are looking for new models of cooperation and exchange. In 2019, Germany's ethnological collections will gain in significance with the opening of the Berliner Schloss - Humboldt Forum as, by that time, at least 750 Million Euros will have been invested in that project. So the Humboldt Forum project provides an incentive for us to survey and publish the experiences of other European museums now. More.