Brücke-Museum considers itself to be an academic research institution. It initiates and supports projects that are dedicated to the artists’ group Brücke and the museum’s environment, or those projects which explore interdisciplinary and contemporary perspectives on the museum.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries concerning academic matters:

Current Research Projects

Various Answers: Language, Knowledge, Narration
Duration: January–December 2021

With the Various Answers project, the Brücke-Museum is developing new digital forms of mediation and knowledge production as participatory process. For some time now, the Brücke-Museum is working on opening up to more diverse perspectives and points of view. This project also aims to promote individual access to art and to focus on exchange with the visitors.

Together with users, amateurs and experts, discussions will take place about language, knowledge and narratives in museums, which will result in collective productions of text and story-telling. The aim is to create and provide accessible text material and diverse information for the Collection online and for exhibitions in a multi-perspective and multilingual manner.

The project Various Answers is developed as part of “dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.

Project management: Daniela Bystron
Academic assistance: Judith Kirchner

Highlighting Contexts – Finding Connections – Showing Developement
Extension of the digitized collection by watercolours, prints and drawings of the Brücke artists from 1905 to 1913

Duration: January–December 2020

After the paintings of the Brücke artists were digitised in a first step in 2018, the digital collection of the Brücke Museum will now be expanded to include works on paper - watercolours, prints and drawings - from the period 1905 to 1913.

Compared to the popular paintings, the works on paper are often perceived as subordinate – only because they are less well known. Their digitalisation and online presentation is a major contribution to changing this. The works on paper form a large part of the museum’s collection and represent the diversity of techniques, formats and pictorial ideas of the Brücke artists, which can now be directly experienced by the public.

As part of a project funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and digiS, around 1000 works on paper will be digitised and presented online. For our users of the digital collection, new and sometimes unusual contexts will be revealed, connections made in terms of content and form, and developments of the individual artists will be shown.

Project coordination: Isabel Fischer
Project assistance: Christiane Remm
Curator of Data: Michael Höppe
Project partner: Forschungs- und Kompetenzzentrum Digitalisierung Berlin (digiS)

Broadening the Horizon: Investigation of Paper Works from the Collection of Brücke-Museum
Duration: Januar 2020–Juli 2022

Within the framework of an initially one-year project, 130 works on paper will be examined. The focus is on works of art acquired from two German private collections. On Facebook and Instagram we will report on the progress and challenges of the provenance research of drawings and watercolours.

Project management: Lisa Marei Schmidt
Academic assistance: Nadine Bauer
Supported by the German Lost Art Foundation, Magdeburg

Systematic Examination of the Provenance of Paintings, Sculptures, Stained Glass and a Drawing from Brücke-Museum
Duration: November 2018–October 2019

During this one-year project, forty-two paintings, fifteen sculptures, two stained-glass works and one drawing will be examined related to their provenance between the years of 1933 to 1945. This project will be followed by further research of the works on paper and the collection’s ethnographic objects. An intensive exchange with other provenance researchers and the integration of the research results into the museums records and its’ work are the core aims of the project. Throughout the project updates will be published on Facebook and Instagram.

Project management: Lisa Marei Schmidt
Academic assistance: Nadine Bauer
Supported by the German Lost Art Foundation, Magdeburg

Digitisation of All the Paintings at Brücke-Museum
Duration: April 2018–February 2019

As part of a project funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Brücke-Museum has digitised the entire collection of paintings, comprising around 300 works, and will soon make them available online. After the project has been completed, the data will also be made available via the German Digital Library (DDB).

Project management: Lisa Marei Schmidt
Project coordination: Jennifer Rasch
Project assistance: Michael Höppe
Project partner: Forschungs- und Kompetenzzentrum Digitalisierung Berlin (digiS)

Sometimes Unanswerable: Student-Centred Research at Brücke-Museum
Duration: September 2018–August 2019

Of what relevance is the artists’ group Brücke today? How can these artists and their work relate to the everyday life of young people? Are there social and political analogies to be made with the present? How can Brücke art be recontextualised in today’s Berlin? What previously unexplored perspectives can be found in the museum? And how can young people become involved and contribute with their questions, ideas and points of view to the museum and its works?

For this project, we use a process-oriented, student-centred, participatory approach which is closely aligned to the museum’s own practice: conducting research, asking questions, seeking methods and strategies to suggest possible answers, inviting experts and holding interviews. Sometimes Unanswerable deliberately begins with asking young people personal questions related to theis biographical and cultural backgrounds, interests and tendencies. Support is provided by museum staff, teachers and experts invited by the students themselves.

Project management: Daniela Bystron
Project assistance: Nora Hogrefe
Artistic project direction: Markus Strieder, Karen Winzer
School supervision: Grit Wöhlert
Cooperation partner: Kurt-Tucholsky-Schule, Berlin

Sponsored by Berlin Project Funds for Cultural Education.