The Wildenstein Plattner Institute is honored to collaborate with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague, and the Museum Barberini, Potsdam on the following symposium this coming September:
Reviving the Archive:
Material Records in the Digital Age
Thursday, September 19th, 2019, 10am–7pm
at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany
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 will provide case studies of archival re-discoveries, highlight archives that are underutilized, and therefore a priority for concentration, and underscore the resources currently available to archive holders.
The panels and discussions will be conducted in English.
Admission is free. To RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The schedule is as follows: