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of the Histories of Anthropology

Andreas Lommel (1912-2005), an historian of oriental art who became an ethnologist and archaeologist, was part of Leo Frobenius’ circle of collaborators. His field experience at the dawn of the Second World War, while keeping Australian rock art as a priority, reveals his sensitivity towards Aboriginal populations. In the late 1940s Lommel obtained his first position at the Museum of Ethnology in Munich, which he directed and restaured after the war. Lommel made his mark on the history of anthropology by bringing non-European art, including the rock art of Australian Aborigines, to the public in complex and multifaceted exhibitions.

Keywords: Archaeology | Museology/museography | Scientific Expeditions | Second World War | National-Socialism | Archaeologist | Museum curator | 20th century | Germany | Australia | Comparison | Asian studies | Australian studies | Cultural history | Art history | Leo Frobenius

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