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Research Newsletter                                                  1/2019

Dear readers,

Local, national and international collaborations are an important aspect of the research carried out at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. This newsletter presents new and renewed partnerships, joint research projects, and a new scholarship programme.

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Idealisierte Ansicht des Münz- und Antikenkabinetts im Berliner Schloss um 1695, Samuel Blesendorf, aus: Thesaurus Brandenburgicus selectus, Band 1, Berlin 1696 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek

Local Networks: The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Museum of Natural History Berlin cooperate on a project on the history of Berlin’s collections

The new project A Window onto Nature and Art: A historical-critical assessment of the Brandenburg-Prussian Kunstkammer aims to explore the ever-changing history of this collection, and paths that led the objects within it to the museums that currently house them. The Kunstkammer – which was founded in the sixteenth century and whose lifespan stretched well into the nineteenth – brought together objects from nature, the arts and science. Once housed in the Berlin Palace, it was the origin of the museum landscape of this city. The project is supported by the DFG. Read more.

Plants 4ALab

New Fellowship Programme “4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics”

The Berlin-based fellowship programme of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, in collaboration with the Humboldt University Berlin, the Forum Transregional Studies and other partners responds to the social challenges currently faced by the “museum” as an institution, where the museum is understood as a dynamic, constantly reconstructed social space of knowledge production and aesthetic practices. The programme starts in the autumn of 2019. Read more

v.l.n.r.: Thorsten Siegmann, Laura van Broekhoven, Jochen Haug, Christina Haak, Hermann Parzinger, Richard Ovenden, Xa Sturgis, Jörg Völlnagel, Barbara Schneider-Kempf, Moritz Wullen, Anne Trefethen, Janet Stott © Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin / H. Immel

SPK commits to deep partnership with University of Oxford

The University of Oxford and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz signed a Memorandum of Understanding during an official visit to Berlin by an Oxford delegation. The SPK and Oxford will work increasingly closely in a breadth of fields including curation, conservation, research, ethics, and public engagement. Read more

Restaurierung, Die Auferstehung Christi, Francesco Bissolo, um 1497 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / David von Becker

Material Analysis and Art History – Bellini plus: Research and restoration

Thanks to radio-diagnostic examinations, other forms of material analysis, and stereo-microscopic examinations, it is now possible to find out a great deal about the processes involved in a picture’s creation, and thus to discover the artist’s trade secrets. The Gemäldegalerie is devoting a studio exhibition to a group of paintings by the father and son Jacopo and Giovanni Bellini, their workshop and followers, which have rarely been displayed before. Read more

Die Rückseite von Paul Klee’s „Lebkuchenbild“ mit Provenienzhinweisen, Detail © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Andres Kilger

Provenance-Research on Display:  The Lives of Images.  Picasso – Klee – Braque – Matisse

This remarkable exhibition tells the stories of paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque. The Nationalgalerie and the Zentralarchiv at Museum Berggruen are presenting this exhibition to mark the end of a three-year provenance research project. Read more


Vorbilder – Nachbilder: Die fotografische Sammlung der Kunstakademie und der Kunstgewerbeschule in Berlin im künstlerischen Dialog, 1850 – 1932, symposium 16–17 May 2019

This conference focused on the archive of the Berlin University of the Arts and its collections of picture templates and models, which are unique in Germany. They served as models and teaching aids at predecessors of the art academy and the leading arts and crafts school in Berlin, which was affiliated with the Kunstgewerbe-Museum. Read more

What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe

Conference, 26–28 June 2019, Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

To mark its 20th anniversary, the MEK – Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is hosting the conference “What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe”. The conference focuses on blind spots: Which objects, narratives, methods and figures have been ignored (or received too little attention) and are missing in our museum’s depictions of contemporary daily lives and societies in Europe?  Read more

3. Connected Audience Conference, 4–6 April 2019 at the Kulturforum

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, KulturAgenda – Institute for Museums, Cultural Enterprises and Audiences, and The Institute for Learning Innovation presented a conference exploring the latest research in human emotions and the role they play in museum and cultural experiences. Read more



Unboxing Conservation: The Conservation and Restoration of Modern and Contemporary Art 

This lecture series at the Technische Universität Berlin is organised in cooperation with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin within the context of the MA Course in museum studies, which is a collaborative project between the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Technische Universität Berlin. The lectures take place every Wednesday at 6.15 p.m. in room A 053 (in the Architecture Building) of the TU Berlin. Concept and organisation: Carolin Bohlmann and Andrea Meyer. Read more




Außenräume in Innenräumen: Die musealen Raumkonzeptionen von Walter Andrae und Theodor Wiegand im Pergamonmuseum. Martin Maischberger, Barbara Feller (eds.), (Berliner Schriften zur Museumsforschung, vol. 37), Berlin 2018. Read more

Biografien der Bilder: Provenienzen im Museum Berggruen. Petra Winter, Doris Kachel, Sven Haase (eds.), Berlin 2019. Read more

Kulturlandschaft Syrien: Bewahren und Archivieren in Zeiten des Krieges. Berlin 2019. Read more

Elsa van Wezel: Die Besucher des Alten und Neuen Museums 1830-1880. (Berliner Schriften zur Museumforschung, vol. 36/1. Das Museum als öffentliche Institution) Berlin 2018. Read more


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