LindenLAB 2

June 26, 2020 until January 30, 2022

How do you trace the origin of objects? How did they get into the museum? Who gave them to the museum? In what context were they collected? Were they bought, given, traded, or possibly stolen? What are the consequences for museums and scientists working with the objects today?

These are the typical questions that provenance research deals with.

The LindenLAB 2 “Objects and Collectors” additionally poses the question of how to communicate the results and working methods of provenance researchers.

The installation in LindenLAB 2 invites visitors to playfully experience the working methods of provenance researchers on the basis of a real research assignment. Visitors gain insight into the working methods and sources used and can discover the history behind them for themselves.

For LindenLAB 2, the collection of Karl Holz (1857 – 1934) was intensively considered. Holz was a merchant who probably emigrated to Chile in the early 1880s, henceforth calling himself Carlos Holz and supplying Karl Graf von Linden with many objects, especially Mapuche. What is the story behind his collection? What obstacles, twists and historical incidents are involved?

More information

Ever since humans discovered and settled the island worlds in the Pacific thousands of years ago, there have been many connections between the widely scattered land areas in the largest sea on earth.


In cooperation with:
Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, China Center Tübingen, HFT Stuttgart

With kind support:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Karl Schlecht Stiftung, Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde e.V., Universitätsbund Tübingen e. V., Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Netzwerk transformierender Lehre in Baden-Württemberg, Verein Freunde Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart