Between Materiality, Transportability and Narration (Jerusalem Project)
Sacred Landscapes, in particular deserts and mountains are liminal spaces and also places of aesthetic production or response. Their dimensions are material, narrative and iconic, and they are connected to monumental sacred sites. The long-term Jerusalem project is concerned with all these aspects and analyses the ways in which they are intertwined.
The Aesthetics of Marble
The project combines geo-aesthetics with an exploration of the metaphorical and transmaterial dimension of marble. The historical focus spans from Late Antiquity to the twenty-first century, looking at certain “marble moments”, mostly in the history of architecture, such as Roman and Byzantine wall decoration, early Omayyad art, Venetian medieval marble cladding, Roman baroque chapels, and the early twentieth century rethinking of wall decoration.
A Heritage Observatory of Socialist Worlds
This project focuses on the artistic, visual, and material culture of the former Soviet Union and Socialist worlds. Reflecting on the profoundly different realities of the States that were part of the Soviet sphere, as well as on the historiography and narratives, including ideological ones, that have affected issues of museography, restoration, protection and valorization, the project contributes to the understanding of architecture, art and heritage in the twentieth century.
The Art of Containment
The Art of Containment is a long-term collaborative research project concerned with all kinds of vessels and containers, their materiality, shape and decoration, their functions and agency, their biographies and itineraries. The project is the next step in the research focus on concepts and theories, relations and constellations of image and object (Ding/Bild).
Aesthetics, Art, and Architecture in the Caucasus (Georgia Project)
While most debates regarding intercultural dynamics between Christianity, Islam and Judaism are concerned with the Mediterranean, this project is concentrating on the art and architecture of South Caucasus, an under these premises hardly studied region comprising Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as Georgian and Armenian heritage in Eastern Turkey.
Heritage, Art History, Tourism (H.A.T.)
H.A.T. was launched in 2019 as a platform for transdisciplinary conversations and research on the entanglement between heritage, art history, and tourism in a global horizon. The project is concerned with landscapes and territory, and with historical and contemporary dynamics of archaeology, architecture, site management and exploitation.
Studies on the Photography, Laboratory, and Archival Practice of Anton Hautmann around 1860
Anton Hautmann, who was born in Munich in 1821, settled in Florence as a sculptor in 1849, where he was also active as a photographer from 1858 until his death in 1862. As one of the pioneers of stereoscopic photography, he is best known for his views of Florentine architecture and the cityscape.
Ethics and Architecture
The spectrum of questions posed by the relation between ethics and architecture is broad. It spans all the way from the reception of Vitruvius and Aristotle in the Trecento, to reflections on the moral dimension of architecture in the eighteenth century, right down to current theories and practices of building.
GAP – Graffiti Art in Prison
GAP – Graffiti Art in Prison connects Palazzo Chiaramonte (Steri) in Palermo with artistic expression in prisons today. This interdisciplinary project, funded by the EU Program Erasmus+, incorporates scientific research, didactic and artistic programs, and social engagement.
The Space of Childhood: The Adler Collection between Architecture, Art, History, Pedagogy and Creativity
This project studies a recent donation to the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense in Milan: the unpublished correspondence of the architects Hedwig Feldmann and Hans Edward Adler, dating back to their stay in the USSR from 1930 to 1933, as well as their collection of 257 Soviet children’s books, most of which were published between the 1920s and 1933.
The Ligurian Complex. Case Studies in Ecology and Aesthetics
The project examines the complex overlaying and interpenetration of horizontal, vertical, or entangled spaces in Liguria, which are a challenge for an art historical investigation of both the production of landscape, terraforming, the interaction of human and non-human factors, and their aesthetics.
Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology
Der Forschungsverbund hat zum Ziel, die Migration von Bildern, Artefakten und Ideen aus einer interdisziplinären Perspektive zu erforschen. Dabei geht es besonders um Beziehungen zwischen Kulturen, die sich in Zeit und Ort, Sprache, Religion und politischer Ordnung unterscheiden, und um die theoretischen Implikationen von solchen Migrations-, Transformations- und Interaktionsprozessen.
Ecology and Aesthetics. Environmental Approaches in Art History (e/ae)
Ecological and aesthetic theories are intertwined in multiple ways. The project opens a dialogue with archeology, anthropology and history of science concerned with the "anthropocene", rethinking the nature/culture divide in a transcultural perspective, including notions of heritage and sustainability, creation and consumption.
Objects of Migration, Photo-Objects of Art History: Encounters in an Archive
Objects of Migration, Photo-Objects of Art History: Encounters in an Archive is a joint project by the Photothek and the artist Massimo Ricciardo. It links questions of the archive with burning issues of global migration, rhetorics of value and cultural heritage.
The Photographers’ Sales Catalogue Collection of the Photothek
Photographers’ Sales Catalogues are essential sources for the study of professional photographers, photographic ateliers as well as the photographs themselves since they contain important information concerning techniques, circulation, dating and attribution.
CENOBIUM - Un progetto per la rappresentazione multimediale dei capitelli di chiostro romanici nell’ambito mediterraneo
CENOBIUM intende contribuire all'analisi delle complesse dinamiche degli scambi artistici nel XII e XIII secolo avvalendosi di fotografie digitali in alta definizione, video, scansioni in 3D nonché di una pagina web interattiva.
Storia dell'arte transregionale. Attori, spazi, ecologie dal XIII secolo ad oggi
In questa unità la ricerca è focalizzata sulla storia dell'arte e delle pratiche estetiche in una prospettiva transregionale ed ecologica. Ponendo l'accento sulla materialità dell'arte e delle pratiche artistiche, essa va ad investigare le opere d'arte in relazione al loro luogo, spazio, ambiente.
„La duplice polarità estetica e storica“ – Methode, Ästhetik und Funktion der Fotografien im Werk der Restauratorin Barbara Schleicher
Die international renommierte Restauratorin Barbara Schleicher (*1937) war in den Jahren 1960–2014 vor allem für Denkmalbehörden, Kirchen und Museen in der Toskana tätig.