Regal mit Büchern und Zeitschriften
© SKD, Foto: David Pinzer

Research at AdA 2

Research and science are of utmost importance in the Archiv der Avantgarden. Due to its uniqe structure and density, our collection is an ideal basis to explore the artistic avantgardes of the 20th century. The countless utopias and incredible entanglements between different artists are visible in the archive. AdA is a vivid space of scientific exchange, where we activate and implement new concepts and methods. We invite fellows and guest researchers, who approach our collection with interdisciplanary and transcultural mindsets. With our lectures and workshops we regularly present our work to a wider public.

AdA International Fellows

AdA invites international research fellows and artists for research residencies.

Fellows 2020

August 2020 - November 2020

Michela Lupieri

“Ideas in the air” is a research project which belongs to the broader framework of researches Lupieri is currently working on with her PhD.

July 2020 - December 2020

Assaf Gruber

Gruber researches in the Archive of Avant-garde historical materials for his new film series "The Transient Witness". The project explores the common features and necessary distinctions between art collections, archives, and the various material and cultural substrata that enable their existence.

© Assaf Gruber

Fellows 2019

July 2019 - November 2019

Fine Kugler

Fine Kugler researches interdependencies between museum and private commercial exhibition practice.

Ausstellungsraum des Künstlers El Lissitsky in Dresden
© Alexander Paul Walther, Repro: Andreas Diesend.
August 2019 - November 2019

Megan Hoetger

Megan Hoetger (USA) is researching on the relationship between underground cultural production and the women’s movements in West and East Germany between 1973 to 1985.

Research projects at AdA

AdA supports international research projects in closer and broader relation to the Archiv der Avantgarden. Besides their own research activities (e.g. in cooperation with other institutions of the SKD or with academic and research institutions), these are mostly projects secured by third-party funding. Partners are research institutions, museums and universities in Germany and abroad.


Forschung 2018/19


Cultural scientist and curator Anna-Lena Werner explores the artistic networks of the 20th century through the collections of invitations at AdA. Her project is part of a collaboration with Freie Universität Berlin and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

Forschungsprojekt 2019/20


In his research project, cultural scientist and journalist Christian Demand questions notions of "contemporary living" in the 1960s , that oscillated between absolute privacy on the one hand and social standards on the other. Traces of this notion visible throughout our collection.

© Christian Demand
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