Public guided tour "beguilingly disturbing – groupage from overseas"
The collection of the Rhaetian Museum includes several hundred ethnographic objects from distant countries. They entered the museum at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century and slumbered hidden in the depot until recently. The exotic stocks should represent the world cultures and contribute to the general education of the population. However, so far only a few parts of it have been shown publicly and the knowledge about it was limited to a few surviving notes. Due to the current provenance research in the museums, interest in the ethnological holdings has reawakened in recent years – also in the Rhaetian Museum. The foreign and unknown fascinates, but also raises numerous questions: Who were the collectors? What role did they play in the European colonies? In what way did the objects come into their possession and later into the museum? How do we deal with foreign cultural assets today? The exhibition presents the ethnographic collection of the Rhaetian Museum and the first results of its critical reappraisal. Many questions remain.
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