Welcome to the Provenance Researchers of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation!
Every object has its own history, which begins long before it arrives in a library or museum, often along a winding path. Previous owners, changes of location and different collection contexts can leave many traces - not least on the objects themselves. But often the events worth telling about a provenance receive little attention and are forgotten over the years.
The task and goal of provenance research at museums, libraries and archives is to bring these past, hidden and sometimes deliberately concealed stages in the biography of books, works of art and everyday objects, their history and stories back to light and to make visible not only the things themselves but also the places and people associated with them. Layer by layer, the provenance researchers work their way through the ages, moving along main and side paths, landing at dead ends and discovering many exciting, sometimes cruel and often touching episodes.
The cosmos of objects gathered under the umbrella of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, and thus, the diversity of the stories interwoven with them is unique worldwide.
With this virtual exhibition, we invite you to discover with us the paths and fates of the objects, to illuminate the people and places intertwined with them, and to look over our shoulders as we interpret often inconspicuous traces.
Join the Berlin provenance researchers at the Staatliche Museen and the Staatsbibliothek in their work!