Intro

Research is indispensable for the work of public museums. Collection, conservation, research, and education have been the defining four columns of museum activities for decades. The research conducted at the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD) draws on eclectic scientific methods and approaches and includes not only humanities such as art history, history, or ethnology but also various disciplines of natural sciences.

Research and Scientific Cooperation

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.

Untersuchung indischer Miniaturen
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Application Deadline: Dec 15

The Whole Life Academy: Open Call

Archives are the memory space of a society. How can marginalized realities be included in them? Based on this question, a congress will explore the Archiv der Avantgarden of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Master's and doctoral students from the arts, humanities and sciences, as well as artists, activists and experts from collections can apply to take part in the accompanying Whole Life Academy offering archive viewings, workshops and excursions.
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© AdA - Archiv der Avantgarden | photo: David Pinzer

Research Projects

Provenance Research, Registration and Inventory Project

Daphne

"Daphne" is a comprehensive and multi-year provenance research, registration and inventory project. A key instrument of the project is the museum’s database “Daphne”, which gave the project its name and which was developed to register all objects of the 1,2 million holdings. For the first time, thus making it a model project for all German museums, „Daphne“ allowed the systematic provenance research of all acquisitions since 1933.

Mitarbeiter, die sich Objektfotos anschauen
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Institutionelle Kooperationen

DRESDEN-concept

DRESDEN-concept is a collaboration of the TUD and strong partners from the fields of science and culture to show the excellence of research in Dresden. The cooperation with DRESDEN-concept aims at the following: the partners develop and utilise synergies in the areas of research, education, infrastructure and administration. They coordinate their discussions on scientific strategies and identify fields, where Dresden is leading internationally. They develop a shared strategy to win world-leading expects over.

Drei Personen sitzen nebeneinander
© 2016 André Wirsig

Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board advises the Dresden State Art Collections in fundamental scientific matters. The focus is on the development of the SKD, with special attention given to research and scientific collaborations, as well as networking within scientific communities. Duties primarily include advising and making recommendations on the planning of institution-wide research programmes, long-term collecting and exhibition strategies, and the SKD's general scientific direction.

Gruppenbild von Museumsdirektoren vor Eingang der Schlosskapelle
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Rückseite des Gemäldes Enthauptung der heiligen Reparata
© SKD, Foto: Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut

Provenance Research

"Daphne" is a comprehensive and multi-year provenance research, registration and inventory project. A key instrument of the project is the museum’s database “Daphne”, which gave the project its name and which was developed to register all objects of the 1,2 million holdings. For the first time, thus making it a model project for all German museums, „Daphne“ allowed the systematic provenance research of all acquisitions since 1933.

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Researcher

Application Deadline: Dec 31

CALL FOR PAPERS: JACOB BOEHME (1575–1624) AND THE TRANSNATIONAL RECEPTION OF HIS THOUGHT

In 2017 the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD) in Germany presented an exhibition on the thought of the mystical philosopher Jacob Boehme. From 25 August - 19 November 2017 around 30,000 people visited the exhibition, and many more learned about Boehme's philosophy through the very positive response of the media to the exhibition. As part of its ongoing engagement with Boehme, the SKD is planning a series of further exhibitions to take place in 2019 - 2020 in locations outside Germany. These exhibitions will highlight in particular the reception and transformation of Boehme's thought transnationally. A scholary conference will accompany or precede each of these exhibitions.

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© Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Amsterdam

Research Programs

The research programs Europe/World and Research Travels at the Depot, both designed for several years of duration, foster a broadened and discursive perspective on the SKD’s collections, which include the bounteous stocks of the Ethnographical Collections of Saxony (SES), through their diverse sub-projects and exhibitions. In cooperation with international partners questions that are relevant to the scientific discourse as well as society in general are developed and integrated into the academic and curatorial work at the SKD. Additionally, the organization of conferences and workshops hosted with us is intended to further intensify worldwide exchange.

Europa/Welt

Research Travels at the Depot

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Besucher betrachten Gemälde
© SKD, Foto: David Pinzer
Ausstellungsansicht Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

Study Programmes

18th - 29th September 2017

Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School 2017

The Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School’s two-week programme is an opportunity not only to take part in in-depth discussions with the various participating institutions and their representatives, but also to engage in an extensive exchange of ideas with renowned experts, scholars, and museum professionals. Parallel to this, the DSS-Lab will provide a creative space for participants to reflect upon their experiences and discuss further the ideas they have encountered.

Person hält eine Präsentation vor einer großer Runde
© 2016 André Wirsig

Curators' Academy - The Dresden State Art Collections' Summer School for Curatorial Studies

In 2010, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden established a specialized and intensive study course, today known as the Curators' Academy - The Dresden State Art Collections' Summer School for Curatorial Studies.

Eine Person erzählt anderen Personen etwas
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