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Nazi-Era Provenance Research of the Chrysler Museum's Collection

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From the Chrysler Collection, an artifact from a frightful era: Manufacturer Unknown, Stationery, paper, 1933-45. This item was a 1977 gift to the Museum from Director Mario Amaya. Click image to enlarge.

One of the most troublesome legacies of the Second World War in Europe has been the continued trade of art looted, stolen or exchanged under duress during the Nazi Era, from 1933 to 1945.

For decades after the end of the war, efforts were made to return works of art to the countries from which they had been looted, and thence to their owners or their heirs, with mixed success. Looted objects continued to be traded, sometimes openly.

In recent decades museums have adopted uniform protocols to publish works of art about which complete ownership history between 1933 and 1945 remains unknown.

The Chrysler Museum of Art is committed to researching the provenance of all objects in its collection that may have been in Europe those years.

The known information about those objects for which the provenance history is incomplete is published by the Chrysler Museum on the portal of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) website, in order to make it available and to solicit the missing information.

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