Research in Museum Barberini

The Barberini Museum's exhibition programme is based on the collection of the founder and patron Hasso Plattner. The collection ranges from the Old Masters to contemporary art and focuses on Impressionism. Impressionism is also a major research interest of the museum. Exhibitions, symposia and catalogues address these issues. The lectures of the symposia are published in the respective exhibition catalogues.

At Present

Museum Barberini Publications

The Museum Barberini publishes an extensive catalog in English and German for each of its exhibitions. These are based on academic conferences that are held in the run-up to the exhibitions. International experts present and discuss the results of their research. The catalogues are richly illustrated.

Issues published

Van Gogh: Still Lifes (Prestel), November 2019

Baroque Pathways: The National Galleries Barberini Corsini in Rome (Prestel), July 2019

Picasso: The Late Work (Prestel), April 2019

Olympian Gods: From the Dresden Sculpture Collection (Prestel), November 2018

Color and Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross (Prestel), October 2018

Are Communists Allowed to Dream? (Prestel), April 2018

Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR (Prestel), December 2017

Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage (Prestel), October 2017

From Hopper to Rothko: Amerika's Road to Modern Art (Prestel), June 2017

Impressionism: The Art of Landscape (Prestel), January 2017

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The Museum Barberini publishes an extensive catalog in English and German for each of its exhibitions. These are based on academic conferences that are held in the run-up to the exhibitions. International experts present and discuss the results of their research. The catalogues are richly illustrated.

Issues published

Van Gogh: Still Lifes (Prestel), November 2019

Baroque Pathways: The National Galleries Barberini Corsini in Rome (Prestel), July 2019

Picasso: The Late Work (Prestel), April 2019

Olympian Gods: From the Dresden Sculpture Collection (Prestel), November 2018

Color and Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross (Prestel), October 2018

Are Communists Allowed to Dream? (Prestel), April 2018

Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR (Prestel), December 2017

Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage (Prestel), October 2017

From Hopper to Rothko: Amerika's Road to Modern Art (Prestel), June 2017

Impressionism: The Art of Landscape (Prestel), January 2017

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Past Conferences

Retrospect

  • September 19, 2019 | Conference
    Reviving the Archive: Material Records in the Digital Age

    As guardians of the collective memory, archives are vital for the future of art historical research. Access to archival information is of crucial importance for restitution and provenance research as well as in regard to the preservation of cultural heritage and of an artist’s legacy. Following the formation of the Presidential Advisory Commission for Holocaust Assets in 1998, several conferences have been devoted to this subject. However, with increasing demand for information in the digital age, European archival repositories must confront the broader challenges of making their material accessible. By utilizing the possibilities of digitization today, archival information worldwide can be systematized and crosslinked, allowing greater accessibility to these indispensable materials for scholars and researchers.

    This international conference provided case studies of archival re-discoveries, highlighted archives that are under-utilized and therefore a priority for concentration, and underscored the resources currently available to archive holders. The panels and discussions have been conducted in English.

    With:
    Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Museum Barberini
    Elizabeth Gorayeb, The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, New York
    Dr. Meike Hoffmann, Mosse Art Research Initiative, Freie Universität Berlin
    Agnes Peresztegi, Attorney, Looted Art Litigation, New York and Paris
    Dr. Victoria Noel-Johnson, Scholar and Historian, Rome
    Walter Feilchenfeldt, Dealer, Curator, and Scholar, Zurich
    Vivian Endicott Barnett, Curator and Scholar, New York
    Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck, Kunsthistorisches Institut, University of Cologne with
    Dr. Günter Herzog, Head of Archives, ZADIK, Cologne
    Jane Bramwell, Head of Library and Archive, Tate, London
    France Nerlich, Director, Département des études et de la recherche, INHA, Paris with
    Sophie Derrot, Curator, Service du Patrimoine, INHA, Paris
    Prof. Dr. Chris Stolwijk, General Director, RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague
    Christina Bartosh, PhD Candidate, University of Vienna
    Martin Lorenz, Director of Technology, Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Berlin
    Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, President & CEO, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam
    Christian Bartz, Chair of Internet Technologies & Systems, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam
    Prof. Dr. Ralf Krestel, Head of Web Science Research Group, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam

    A conference of the Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, New York, the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie,
    The Hague and the Museum Barberini, Potsdam.

  • June 6, 2019 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Rembrandt’s Orient: East-West Encounters in Dutch Art

    With Jan de Hond, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Michael Philipp, Museum Barberini, Potsdam; Gary Schwartz, guest curator of the exhibition, Maarssen; Erik Spaans, art historian, Amsterdam; Arnoud Vrolijk, curator, University Library, Leiden; Roelof van Gelder, historian, Amsterdam

    The idea of the Near and Far East were present in seventeenth century Amsterdam. Trade with Asia, Africa, and the Levant brought goods, writings, and knowledge to the Netherlands. Rembrandt and other painters of the Dutch Golden Age drew inspiration from the great variety of exotic motifs. This exhibition explores their engagement with non-European cultures and enquires into their view of the Orient.

  • January 25, 2019 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Olympian Gods: From the Dresden Sculpture Collection

    The exhibition Olympian Gods: From the Dresden Sculpture Collection presents masterpieces that will not have had a suitable home until they move into their new permanent location in the renovated Semperbau in the fall of 2019. The conference was held at the Museum Barberini to mark a new beginning for these works. It focussed on issues related to updating and revitalizing collections of works from classical antiquity. The conference also recognized the many years that Kordelia Knoll has served as director of the Dresden Collection of Antiquities.

    With
    Dr. Norbert Eschbach, Gießen
    Dr. Stephan Koja, Dresden
    Dr. Claudia Kryza-Gersch, Dresden
    Dr. Joachim Raeder, Kiel
    Prof. Dr. Andreas Scholl, Berlin
    Mag. Saskia Wetzig, Dresden


    In cooperation with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

  • January 16, 2019 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Monet: Places

    For his landscape paintings, Claude Monet (1840–1926) revisited the same places over and over again and completed extensive series of works at a single location. During his travels, he created numerous paintings at the Normandy coast, in Zaandam in the Netherlands, and in London and Venice. He was not interested in picturesque landmarks but in the changing light and weather conditions and the various effects they had on these places.

    With
    Marianne Mathieu, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
    Dr. James H.Rubin, Stony Brook University, New York
    George T.M. Shackelford, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
    Prof. Dr. Richard Thomson, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art
    Prof. Paul Tucker, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    Dr. Daniel Zamani, Museum Barberini, Potsdam


    In cooperation with the Denver Art Museum, where the exhibition will be shown under the title Claude Monet: Truth of Nature (October 20, 2019 to February 2, 2020).

  • December 5, 2018 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Van Gogh: Still Lifes

    The conference was dedicated to Van Gogh's development towards a freer, more intensive use of colour. From his first paintings to the colorful flower images of his later career, Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) repeatedly painted still lifes. In this genre, he could try out various media and alternatives – from depicting space using light and shadow to experiments with color. The first exhibition on this theme will present more than 20 paintings and use them to analyze the key stages in van Gogh’s life and work.

    With
    Sjraar van Heughten (Utrecht)
    Stefan Koldehoff (Cologne)
    Marije Vellekoop (Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam)
    Dr. Michael Philipp (Museum Barberini Potsdam)


    In cooperation with the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

  • October 17, 2018 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Baroque Pathways: The National Galleries Barberini Corsini in Rome

    The conference sat the stage for the forthcoming exhibition Baroque Pathways, which will bring masterpieces from the collections of the Barberini and Corsini palazzi in Rome to Potsdam in the summer of 2019. Rome was the cultural center of seventeenth century Europe not only for architecture, but also for the visual arts. Pope Urban VIII, a son of the Barberini family, was a patron to many of the painters and sculptors whose works will be presented in this exhibition.

    With
    Maurizia Cicconi
    Michele Di Monte
    Inés Richter-Musso
    Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schütze
    Dr. Franziska Windt


    Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini, Rome, in collaboration with the Museum Barberini, Potsdam

  • March 5, 2018 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Gerhard Richter: Abstraction

    Inspired by a new acquisition, the Museum Barberini presented the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Abstraction (June 30 – Oct. 21, 2018) in summer 2018. It followed the painter’s work from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition explored the relationship and significance of abstraction and subject matter, photography and painting in color, overpainting and priming.

    These topics have been addressed by Hubertus Butin, Dietmar Elger, Matthias Krüger, Ortrud Westheider, and Armin Zweite.

  • December 13, 2017 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Color and Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross

    In the 1880s a style of painting emerged from Impressionism. Known as Pointillism, it placed small brilliant dabs of paint next to each other, fragmenting reality into single bits of color. One of its most important representatives was Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910), who was a follower of anarchist principles promoting a Utopian society. In cooperation with the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, the Museum Barberini is currently showing the first retrospective of this Neo-Impressionist’s work in Germany. Talks by Marina Ferretti, Annette Haudequet, Monique Nonne, and others have presented this French artist in the context of European modernism.

  • April 24, 2017 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR

    In East Germany, art was subject to political policy. Numerous exhibitions in the past years have examined this ideological aspect of art. But what did artists see when they turned their critical gaze on their own self-image and their relationship to their state-mandated role? The exhibition Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR explored the various ways East German artists walked the fine line between their position as role models and their withdrawal from society, and between the collectivism prescribed by the state and their own creative individuality.

    The museum invited to its forth conference on April 24, 2017. Lectures and discussions introduced the exhibition Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR. The show could have been seen at the Museum Barberini from October 28, 2017 to February 4, 2018.

  • March 29, 2017 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage

    The museum invited to its third conference on March 29, 2017. Lectures and discussions introduced the exhibition Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage. The conference had been organized in cooperation with the Kunsthalle Bremen where the exhibition will be on display from September 30, 2017 to February 4, 2018. The show could have been seen at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam from February 24 to June 10, 2018.

  • November 21, 2016 | Conference on the Exhibition
    From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art

    The museum invited to its conference on November 21, 2016 in preparation for the exhibition From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art (June 17 to October 3, 2017). Lectures and discussions focused on the development of American art from impressionism to abstract expressionism.

    The spotlight was on The Phillips Collection (Washington D.C.), one of the most important private collections in the Unites States. The collector Duncan Phillips introduced artists such as Edward Hopper (1882–1967) and Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) to a broader public.

    Speakers were Susan Behrends Frank (The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.), Alexia Poth (Bauhaus-Archive, Dessau), Susanne Scharf (Universität Frankfurt), Ortrud Westheider (Museum Barberini, Potsdam), and Sylvia Yount (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).

  • June 28, 2016 | Conference on the Exhibition
    Impressionism: The Art of Landscape

    Impressionist landscapes are often seen as spontaneous and unplanned. However, even the most abstract images captured precise depictions of the scenery — a telling argument that counters an interpretation of impressionist works as arbitrary mood paintings. The first Museum Barberini conference addressed this exciting area on June 28, 2016.