Besuch chinesischer Wissenschaftler im Kunstgewerbemuseum | © Foto Jingbo Li

Research network

Research, curatorial, and scientific staff at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are bound together within in a wide network. They take part in scores of interdisciplinary research endeavours through national and international partnerships with other museums, as well as universities, colleges, academies, and other research institutions. Our collection departments have set up several programmes to facilitate the exchange of their own staff with curators and conservators from all over the world.



The cultural exchange programme with the National Museum of China has enabled young Chinese and German staff at the participating museums to go on professional leave of several months, spent at the partner institutions.

The exhibition ‘The Art of the Enlightenment’ went on show at the National Museum of China in 2011 and 2012. As part of its lengthy preparations, a professional cultural exchange programme was launched between the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich. Additional partners in the training project were the Centre of Advanced Learning at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Hochschule für Technik und Wissenschaft Berlin. The project, which ran from 2010 to 2012, saw twelve German and Chinese members of staff take part in the museum training scheme each year. They became acquainted with the respective partner institutions and their collections and shared ideas and practices with foreign colleagues. In 2013 started a new programme: the Museum Experts Exchange Programme. Modifications have been made to the areas it covers and it has been expanded to include more partners.



The Staatliche Museen is currently working on a new staff exchange programme with Chinese museums. The project’s main German partners are again the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich, now with the Goethe-Institut also on board. The programme will bring together employees working on similar projects or in comparable departments and allow them to share experience and undergo further professional training.

This new exchange programme draws on previous experiences with the National Museum of China in Beijing and is being developed in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the German Foreign Office. The programme aims to offer museum staff the opportunity to discuss important ideas with colleagues from the respective partner country. Beyond this, the programme aims to create a platform for constructive dialogue about art and museum-related issues in general and open up opportunities for future cooperation. In 2014 conservators from Berlin, Dresden, and Munich will be swapping ideas and know-how with their counterparts in China.

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has joined forces with the Met to launch a staff exchange programme in which participants spend three weeks working at the partner institution. The programme aims to foster museum research and collaboration at the two ‘universal’ museums.

Very few institutions across the globe boast collections of such diversity and scope as the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The Met is one of the world’s largest universal museums, making it an ideal partner for the Staatliche Museen in terms of staff training. The aim of the programme is to intensify contacts and collaboration between the two organizations at staff level, promote collection-related research and academic exchange.

Each year, one or two curators get to spend a three-week stay in a collection or department at the partner institution. Participants have the opportunity to pursue private research projects of their choosing, to learn more about each other’s collections, and to share ideas and practices with counterparts. In addition, the Berlin curators have the chance to visit other collections in the United States that they deem of relevance to research.

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has joined forces with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, and the Goethe-Institut in developing plans for a scientific exchange programme with Indian partners in the field of restoration and conservation. Focusing on each of the museums’ collections, the programme will entail various collaborations in the form of research trips, workshops, and training courses. The project aims to support the conservation and restoration of Indian cultural artefacts in the medium and long-term.

Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, an initial exchange between Indian and German organizations took place in 2011 and 2012. The programme is currently under development based on these initial encounters and consultations.