When you enter the reconstructed Royal Palace, situated opposite of the museums of ‘the Great Civilisations’, pass its foyer with an overwhelming display styled like a chamber of curiosity, learn about the glories of Western science and explorers, move up several floors until you find the exhibitions of the Ethnologisches Museum – what room to manoeuvre does one have to challenge all of these framings?

Troubling Colonial Epistemologies in Berlin’s Ethnologisches Museum: Provenance Research and the Humboldt Forum