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22 May 2022

on-site / virtual

Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich

Öffentliche Veranstaltung

Exhibition Opening: "Honeymoon?" - The ‘Hans Paasche Collection’ from East Africa

Workspace Series "5 Questions on the Collection"

To the source of the Nile with 60 porters: this is how Hans and Ellen Paasche travel through the East African Great Lakes Region in 1909/1910. They bring back hundreds of objects from their honeymoon. For Hans Paasche it is not his first time in East Africa. A few years earlier, as a German naval officer, he was involved in the fight against insurgents in the colony of German East Africa. Already during that time he collected objects. The Paasches’ collection came to Zurich in 1922.

While much is known about the Paasches' biography and views, not least through Hans Paasche's publications, very little is known  about the exact origin of the objects and the people to whom they once belonged. How did Hans and Ellen Paasche meet these people? Which objects come from their honeymoon, which ones did Hans Paasche collect as a colonial soldier? And what significance do the objects have today for the descendants of their creators? The workshop exhibition provides insights into current research between ethnology, provenance research and collaboration with experts from the region of origin.

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