Digital Opening of LindenLAB 2

25.06.2020 | LAB 2

Digital Opening
of LindenLAB 2


How do you trace the origin of objects? How did they find their way into the museum? Who was it that gave them to the museum? In what context were they collected? Were they bought, donated, exchanged or possibly looted? What are the consequences for museums and scientists who work with the objects today?

These are the typical questions that provenance researchers deal with. LindenLAB 2 “Objects and Collectors” also poses the question of how the results and the working methods of provenance researchers can be made accessible to museum visitors.

The installation in LindenLAB 2 invites you to playfully retrace the working methods of provenance researchers on the basis of a real research assignment. In doing so, visitors gain insight into the working methods and sources used and can discover the story behind them for themselves. In the case of LindenLAB 2, the collection of Karl Holz (1857 – 1934) was intensively examined. Holz was a merchant who probably emigrated to Chile in the early 1880s, changed his name to Carlos Holz and supplied Karl Graf von Linden with many objects, mainly from the Mapuche. What is the history behind his collection? What obstacles, twists and turns as well as historical events are connected with it?

Speaking at the opening:


Prof. Dr. Inés de Castro
Director of the Linden-Museum Stuttgart


Petra Olschowski
State Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg


Markus Himmelsbach
Provenance researcher, Linden-Museum Stuttgart

Dr. Doris Kurella
Head of the Department for America, Linden-Museum Stuttgart

The opening will be shown as a live stream on YouTube and Facebook:

About the author

Henrike Hoffmann