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Collecting and Display seminar 

A Matter of Access

Munich 22 & London 24 June, 2019 

This conference aims to extend the discussion of the nature and pertinence of collections by focusing on the spaces in which they were displayed and how access to those spaces was controlled. By examining how collections were displayed, used and presented and who had access to these spaces, we hope to develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of collections to their owners and of their significance to contemporaries.

The two sessions, one in Munich and one in London, cover three particular questions: the study of “advertising” collections, for example, by means of publications, such as that of the Giustiniani Collection; how the location itself might have been used to characterise the collection or bolster the status of the collector; how acccess to collections might be orchestrated or engineered.

To book please contact or you can register directly on eventbrite, A Matter of Access.

Conference schedule

Munich, Saturday 22 June, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Room 007, Zentnerstr. 31, 80798 München, Germany

 10.00 Registration and welcome

10:30 Orsolya Bubryák, Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The Kunstkammer of Johann Septimius Jörger in Nuremberg

11:00 Virginie Spenlé, Director, Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Inventarisierung und wissenschaftliche Bearbeitung des Bestandes. Leonhard Christoph Sturm (1669 – 1719) and an Ideal Architecture for Dynastic Collections

11:30 coffee

12:00 Mary Malloy, Fellow of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard. The Catalogue as Invitation: Recruiting Visitors to Collections in Seventeenth-Century Europe

12:30 Catherine Phillips, Independent Scholar. Paintings, Prints, Squirrels and Monkeys: Catherine the Great’s Hermitage

1:00 lunch

2:00 Paweł Ignaczak, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. A Parisian Collection in a Polish Castle – Lights and Shadows of a Prestigious Location in the Context of the Struggle for National Identity

2:30 Cecilia Riva, Collection Cataloguer, Palazzo Ducale, Venice. “A Well-known Subject for Photographic Reproduction”: the Layard Collection as an Example of Nineteenth-century Advertising

3:00 Sarah Coviello, Warburg Institute, London. A Scholar Collects, Exhibits, and Writes about it: the Personal Study Collections of 20th-Century Art Historians

3:30 tea

4:00 Maria Höger, research assistant Association – Friends of the Gugging House of Artists / Private Foundation – Gugging Artists / PHD student Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Gugging and “Art Brut” – Persisting “Heterotopia” of the art world?

4:30 Laura Humphreys, Curatorial Project Manager at the Science Museum in London. New Frontiers for the Science Museum Group Collection

5:00 Discussion 

5:30 drinks


London, Monday 24 June, Wolfson Room, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

9.30 Registration

9.45 Welcome and Introduction

10:00 Anne Harbers, Radboud University, The Netherlands. His & Her Royal Collections – the Synergies and Symbiosis of Selecting a Publicity Channel

10:30 Esmee Quodbach, Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library. To See or Not to See: The Visibility of the John G. Johnson Collection in Philadelphia, c.1880 to the Present

11:00 coffee

11.30 Julia Rössel, Research Assistant, “Kupferstichkabinett Online” of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. Displaying Print Collections: Location, Site, Practice

12:00 Anne Nellis Richter, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of Art, American University, Washington DC. ‘An Excess of Folly’: Townhouses as Public Art Galleries in Early Nineteenth Century London

12:30 Isobel Caroline MacDonald, University of Glasgow and The Burrell Collection. A Private Collection on Public Display: the Significance of (Sir) William Burrell’s (1861-1958) Loan Collection 

13.00 lunch

2:00 Alison Clarke, University of Liverpool and the National Gallery, London. In a Better Light: Agnew’s, Spatiality and Connoisseurial Practice, c.1875-1916

2:30 Rebecca Tilles, Associate Curator of 18th Century French & Western European Fine & Decorative Arts at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. The Homes and Collecting Display of Marjorie Merriweather Post

3.00 Laia Anguix, Northumbria University-Department of Arts. ‘In Deplorable Conditions and totally Inadequate for the Housing of the Collections’: Storage, Conservation and Access in Public Collections. The Case of the Laing Art Gallery (Newcastle)

3:30 Megakles Rogakos, independent art historian and exhibition curator. The Work of an ACG Art Curator

4.00 Round table discussion

5.00 pm drinks reception





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