Research

Research into Austrian art history is one of the key objectives of the Belvedere. The federal museum is defined as a scientific institution under public law. In practice, this translates into three focal areas: the curators' applied research, the Research Center’s activities in cataloging and processing key source documents of Austrian art history, and the restoration of the objects in the collection. The latter’s preservation and care are performed based on new scientific findings and technological analyses.

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Josef Dobrowsky, Lehrstunde, 1934 © Belvedere, Wien
Research Center
© Belvedere, Wien

The Research Center for Austrian Art in the Belvedere combines the classic museum tasks of collection, preserving and research in one place, creating new synergies in this way. The extensive holdings provide a unique overview of Austrian art from the fourteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Users of the Research Center can consult the collections and also take advantage of the expertise of the staff in the Archive, Library, Picture Archive and Digital Collections. The material contained and studied in these departments is extensively available in databases.

Visitors can also make use, for a fee, of a research service. In addition, the Research Center departments will undertake specific research on aspects of art history as far as possible.

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Contact

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Address

Research Center
Rennweg 4
1030 Vienna
Austria

 

 

Opening hours

Tue, Thu
12 am - 5 pm
Wed, Fri
10 am - 3 pm

 

July & August

Tuesday to Thursday 10 am to 3 pm

December 24 to January 6

closed

 

Free use

A copying machine is available, which enables the production of copies for a fee or the free production and storage of scans on USB.

 

 

Getting there

Tram 71

Station "Am Heumarkt"

Tram D

Station "Gußhaustraße"

 

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Curatorial Research
Carl Goebel d. J., Der Stammbaumsaal, 1888, © Belvedere, Wien

Curatorial research activities form the foundation for the presentation of the collection and for numerous exhibitions in the Belvedere. The groundwork rests on the scientific examination of the museum's collection, which spans from the Middle Ages to contemporary art. In keeping with current discourses on various periods of art history, the latest scientific findings are incorporated into comprehensive exhibitions, special work presentations, conferences, and publications.

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Restoration
Schaurestaurierung
© Belvedere, Wien

The Belvedere’s restoration and conservation department is dedicated to the preservation and care, restoration, and technological research into the art and cultural assets of the Belvedere’s collection, which ranges from the Middle Ages to contemporary art. Its mission is to record and preserve objects of historical and cultural significance. Conserving these irreplaceable originals requires a methodical and scientific approach in order to shed light on the historical, stylistic, iconographical, technological, and material aspects of the artworks. With this in mind, the Belvedere’s conservators devise appropriate strategies. On average, the department conserves and restores 150 paintings and frames each year, and frames and mounts between 100 and 150 graphic works.

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Research Projects
Publications
Werkverzeichnis Marc Adrian
Werkverzeichnis Marc Adrian
Foto: Ouriel Morgensztern, © Belvedere, Wien

As a center of excellence for the research and preservation of Austrian art, more and more the Belvedere is being given and documenting the estates of Austrian artists. By continuously expanding, deepening, and digitizing this key source material, the Research Center is performing important foundational work. Within this context, one focus of scholarly research is the publication of the Belvedere Catalogues Raisonnés series.

More about Catalogues Raisonnés

Catalogues Raisonnés Online

Catalogues Raisonnés Print

 

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Research Events
Digitale Konferenz © Der Knopfdrücker

The Belvedere routinely organizes conferences, seminars, symposia, and workshops. A key objective is to promote an interdisciplinary approach and foster national and international collaboration with universities and cultural and other academic institutions. 

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