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 to take a kind of digital trip around the world through its collection. In future, the museum’s holdings can be accessed virtually via a presentation and communication platform; they will be networked, explained and questioned.
With the digital collection, we are now also fulfilling our historical responsibility digitally, said Art Secretary Petra Olschowski (Green) 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 Ins de Castro put it similarly: The virtual exchange should not least open up 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, as far as possible, tracked. The aim is to digitize the entire collection holdings and make them available online without restrictions, said de Castro.
The museum, which opened in 1911 and is currently closed due to 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.