Angela Fischel

Theme: Best Practices

Object-Based Research and the Growing Interest in the ‘Biographies of Things’ at the Staatlichte Museen zu Berlin

In the past years, the concept of research has changed – a change which also closely related to the most characteristic feature of museum research: object-based research. This is illustrated in examples from the research projects at our museums as the exhibition Parergon by Mariana Castillo Deball at the Hamburger Bahnhof (2014-15), where the artist investigated the “biographies of museum things”. Another example of this new interest in museum-objects is the field of provenance research, which became a topic of the Dahlem-Laboratory Exhibitions, the so-called Dahlem Lab, at the Ethnological Museums of Berlin from 2013-2015.

Angela Fischel studied Art History and Cultural Studies in Berlin and London and completed her doctoral thesis on “Drawings in Early Modern Science” in 2009, which was published as the book Natur im Bild. She has taught Art History at Humboldt-University, the University of Arts Berlin and the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Since 2015 she has worked as Coordinator of Research Projects at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.