New online offer
The Stuttgart Linden Museum is offering a virtual tour of the museum under the title “Digital Collection”. The museum, which is more than 100 years old, is currently closed due to the corona pandemic.
With one click to Indonesia or Mexico, with another into the depths of provenance research: The Stuttgart Linden Museum, one of the most important ethnological museums in Europe, invites you on a kind of digital world tour through its collection. In the future, the museum’s holdings can be accessed virtually via a presentation and communication platform; they will be networked, explained and questioned.
The museum announced on Monday that detailed information, interesting stories and background information on the objects will be presented under the title “Digital Collection”. Methods and results of provenance research, in which the holdings are searched for goods that have illegally entered the collections, are also to be conveyed.
“With the“ digital collection ”we are now also fulfilling our historical responsibility digitally,” said State Secretary for Art Petra Olschowski (Greens) before the start of the new online offer. The database creates transparency in questions of provenance and enables the exchange of objects with the society of origin. Museum director Inés de Castro put it in a similar way: “The virtual exchange should not least develop new knowledge about the objects and their contexts of origin and also form a basis for the responsible handling of colonial cultural assets,” she said.
At the start of the digital collection, around 2000 objects will be presented, interpreted and traced back as far as possible. “The aim is to digitize the entire collection and make it available online without restrictions,” said de Castro.
The museum, which opened in 1911 and is currently closed due to the Corona restrictions, houses more than 160,000 objects from all parts of the world outside of Europe. It is also known for its advanced provenance research. The museum has been owned by the city and the country since 1973.