Notes from Potsdam: WPI’s Symposium ‘Reviving the Archive’ at the Museum Barberini

Session 2: Approaches to Accessibility: An International Endeavor, Part I with speakers Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck, Jane Bramwell and Sophie Derrot

On September 19, 2019, the Wildenstein Plattner Institute–in partnership with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (RKD), and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam–sponsored a symposium on the current state of art historical archives in Europe. Reviving the Archive: Material Records in the Digital Age brought together a diverse group of art historians, scholars, archivists, and curators for a day of panels and talks to address the demand for greater accessibility to archival materials. The surfeit of historically-valuable archival material which remains isolated and under restricted access is striking. The impetus for change is even more urgent in light of the increasing scrutiny on the provenance of individual works of art; facilitating access to information needs to be prioritized amongst the stewards of archival materials.

For more information and further presentation videos: Notes from Potsdam: WPI’s Symposium ‘Reviving the Archive’ at the Museum Barberini (Potsdam, September 19, 2019)


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