For the museum staff, the gathering of new knowledge about Glyptoteket’s collection is constantly in focus, both in connection with current research and dissemination in house and through initiatives in the form of special exhibitions. Glyptoteket has also developed a number of research projects which occupy a number of full-time employees.
In 2004 with the support of the Carlsberg Foundation Glyptoteket began an ambitious research programme dealing with painting and other polychromy on ancient sculpture. The project, which continued until 2017, involved several full-time archaeologists and conservators for the entire period, also supported by an international research network. At the time of writing the research has so far led to two major special exhibitions on the theme at Glyptoteket (2004 and 2014) as well as a number of scientific publications.
The Digital Glyptotek
The Digital Glyptotek is a three-year post-doctoral project, the main purpose of which is to explore the place, potential and role of the digital media in a museological context. The project has a second purpose: to explore when and how digital technology can enrich the museum experience and the educational aspect in a sustainable way consistent with the organisation’s parameters, resources and work practice. The Digital Glyptotek is a joint venture between the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and the IT-University in Copenhagen and is financed by the Ny Carlsberg Foundation.
In 2013, and attracting considerable international attention, Glyptoteket presented the special exhibition, ”Degas’ Method.” The exhibition contained a good hundred works by the renowned French painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917) including drawings, graphic works and sculpture. Supported by the Carlsberg Foundation, Glyptoteket also invited a number of prominent international experts to Copenhagen to discuss Degas’ work practice, thus bringing about the participation of both conservators and art historians from other acknowledged museums and universities.
The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue are based on the research of Line Clausen Pedersen, Curator of the Glyptotek’s Modern Department. A number of prominent international scholars also made important contributions to the catalogue.
Glyptoteket possesses a research library which is open to the public. In addition to serving the museum’s archaeologists, art historians and conservators, the library is aimed especially at students and researchers within the fields of Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and the History of Art.
First and foremost, the collection of books contains museum publications such as object and exhibition catalogues from museums all over the world and comparable collections, but also monographs, conference reports and numerous periodicals dealing with Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and Danish and French Art of the 19th century.
The books in the library are not to be removed from the premises, but may be consulted in the museum’s reading room. Nor is it possible to make photocopies.
You can search for literature in Bibliotekets database, which is administered by The Danish Royal Library.
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