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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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

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
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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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