The exhibition The Stedelijk  Museum and the Second World War is based on recent research into the provenance of artworks conducted by the museum. What emerged were moving stories of collectors and artists, many of whom were Jewish, who were coerced into parting from their works of art. The research also brought to light stories about the transfer of the Stedelijk collection to a huge bunker in the dunes near Castricum (together with almost 500 collections including that of the Royal Family, the heirs of Van Gogh and many Jewish collectors) and art gifted to the museum by Jewish collectors and artists after the war. Another fascinating tale tells of the museum’s involvement in helping to recuperate stolen art after by the ‘Monuments Men’ after Holland was liberated. These incredible narratives are told through a presentation including a selection of famous and lesser-known works from the collection, alongside archival material and documentation.

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