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.

Antique Polychromy
In 2006 Glyptoteket launched a major research initiative dealing with the use of paint and other polychromy on antique sculpture. The project, which ran until the end of 2017, received support from the Carlsberg Foundation and the Kirsten and Freddie Johansen Foundation, which made possible the purchase of equipment and the appointment of archaeologists and conservators in central phases of the project. This initiative has been based in both a national and an international research network, and the research has, so far, led to a major special exhibition dealing with the theme at Glyptoteket in 2014, as well as a number of scholarly publications.

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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.

Degas’ Method
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.

The Library
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.

Library opening hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10.00-16-00
Friday: 10.00-15.00
Closed Saturday and Sunday

You can search for literature in Bibliotekets database.


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