The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) have been ranking for years among the group of museums, in which research is intensively conducted and for which international scientific exchange is eminent. The great variety of diverse research projects, which are embedded in the museum's structure or in which employees of the museum are involved in, reflect the diversity and profoundness of our scientific activities.
The intensive discussion about the importance and future of the humanities directs the focus to universities as institutions of humanistic research and teaching. On the other hand, museums as research and educational settings play a minor role in the public perception. However, research is an essential element of the public museum. Collecting, conserving, researching, and educating have been defined for years as the four columns of museum work. In the museums, the spectrum of research approaches and methods is rather broad, including not only the humanities, such as art history, history, ethnology, or folklore, but also natural scientific fields. Researching to the state of arts means researching interdisciplinary. Not only are museums centres of humanistic competence, but also are they forums of exchange between humanities and natural sciences.
An overview of selected research projects is meant to show the areas, in which research is conducted in the separate museums as well as overall. Furthermore, contacting researchers and research teams shall be simplified.