CONF: Boxerloot! – Museum collections, the ‘Boxer war’ and practices of plunder (Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich, 22-23 February 2024)

The conference “‘Boxerloot! Museum collections, the ‘Boxer war’ and practices of plunder” aims to open an international dialogue on the past and future of these objects. As we understand provenance research as going beyond research on individual objects, we will focus especially on the broader context of looting in China in 1900 and 1901, the continued circulation of these looted objects in the following decades, as well as questions of current museum practice such as identifying or exhibiting potentially looted objects.

Guidelines for Museums
The discussions at the conference will also contribute to guidelines being prepared by the project team on how to deal with objects in museum collections suspected of being ”boxer loot”.
Collaborative Project “Traces of the ‘Boxer Rebellion’ in German Museum Collections – A Joint Approach”

The conference is being organised as part of the project “Traces of the ‘Boxer War’ in German Museum Collections – A Joint Approach” in which seven German museums are cooperating with the Palace Museum Beijing in order to research their collections for potentially looted objects from the “Boxer War”. The project is funded by the German Lost Art Foundation and headed by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s Zentralarchiv.

It is carried out in collaboration by the following seven museums: Museum Fünf Kontinente in Munich, which is hosting the conference, Museum für Asiatische Kunst and Ethnologisches Museum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Museum am Rothenbaum: Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK) and Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg (MK&G), GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig, and Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main.

The conference language is English.
Registration is open until 18 February 2024. Please send us an email, providing your full name and, if applicable, your institution:

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