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 2006 the Glyptotek initiated a research programme dealing with paint and other polychromy on antique sculpture. The project has acquired support from the Kirsten and Freddy Johansen Foundation for the purchase of important equipment and in several cases from the Carlsberg Foundation in the appointment of archaeologists and conservators for the central phase of the project. This research programme is based on a national and international research network, and the research has so far led to a major special exhibition on the subject at the Glyptotek in 2014 together with numerous scientific publications. In the period 2018-2020, under the title Sensing the Ancient World, the project is expanding its focus to include studies of the role played by sound, light and fragrance in ancient art.
The Digital Glyptotek
The Digital Glyptotek was a three-year postdoctoral project (2015-18) the purpose of which was to explore the place, potential and emphasis of the digital media in a museum context. The project was also designed to investigate when and how digital technology can enrich the museum experience and presentation in a sustainable manner in harmony with the organisation’s framework, resources and work practice. The Digital Glyptotek was a collaboration between the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and the IT University in Copenhagen and was financed by the Ny Carlsberg Foundation. The project has been of considerable significance for the Glyptotek’s development of special exhibitions and plans for the permanent collection, and it has also translated into action in a number of articles in professional journals, both in Denmark and abroad.
Since 2013 the Glyptotek has focused on the French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and his work methods in the fields of drawing, graphics and sculpture. Research has been carried out and communicated through exhibitions, international seminars and publications, and the work has also borne fruit in the form of a PhD dissertation about Degas’ method, which was accepted by Copenhagen University in 2018. The project will continue in a collaboration with international figures within the research into technical art history, one centre for this being The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.
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:
Closed Saturday and Sunday
You can search for literature in Bibliotekets database.