Together with cooperation partners, the Archives work on indexing, researching, conserving, digitising and publishing the holdings in their collections.
In a conservation project funded by the BKM, the book covers designed by John Heartfield from his bequest library are being restored, protected from further degradation and secured in their appearance.more
Provenance Research on the Holdings of Paintings and Sculpture in the Akademie der Künste Art Collection
Provenance research is one of the fundamental tasks of museums, libraries and archives. In October 2017, this responsibility led the Akademie der Künste to organise a research project to systematically investigate the provenance of those pre-1945 works in the painting and sculpture collection which came into the Akademie's possession after 1933.more
The personal papers and artistic estate of John Heartfield, comprising a total of around 6200 items, are considered the best-known holding in the Akademie der Künste's Art Collection. Not only do these items include original photomontages and designs for book covers and posters, but also stage and costume designs as well as Heartfield's collection of materials. Thanks to generous funding by the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, this indexing project is making the entire holdings publicly accessible.more
For decades, index cards listing individual art works as well as bundles of papers (portfolios, etc.) were the primary finding aid for Art Collection staff and visitors. To facilitate the digital indexing of the holdings, an external service was commissioned to scan the pre-sorted index cards.more