Berlin Sculpture Network Granted 1.55 Million Euros

Federal Ministry of Education and Research Funds Joint Project of the National Collection of Classical Antiquities and the Institute for Classical Archaeology at Berlin’s Freie Universität

№ 203/2009 from Jul 23, 2009

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has granted financial support to the joint project "Berlin Sculpture Network Project for the Contextualization and Interpretation of Ancient Sculpture" as part of a wider campaign on the interpretive role played by the humanities. The grants amount to 1.55 million euros. The aim of the project is to reconstruct where and how the ancient sculptures of the Berlin collection were originally erected, and based on these findings, to derive practical links between the works as well as content-related findings.

Parts of the Berlin Sculpture Network project will deal with setting up a database that records all the sculptures, relevant archive documents, and current excavation data, as well as data of the plaster casts stored in the Berlin collections. The data will be made available in an online database. A selection of the research results will be presented to the wider public in a major exhibition held in 2011 in the Pergamon Museum. The exhibition will include the use of interactive 3D depictions of the ancient city of Pergamon's archaeological monuments. It is assumed that the virtual 3D model will be the first research tool that enables an up-to-date assessment of the inventory process as well as the reconstruction of the famous city of Pergamon, the surrounding landscape, and the placement of the Pergamon marble statues in their original context. The exhibition serves as a basis for the long-term development of new concepts for the presentation of special and permanent exhibitions of the National Collection of Classical Antiquities.

The Berlin Sculpture Network is a platform for scientific exchange between the project staff and the many specialists in and outside Berlin who carry out research in the field of Greek and Roman sculpture and make scholarly contributions to the project.

For further information, please contact:

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Scholl, National Museums in Berlin, Collection of Classical Antiquities (Project Coordinator), Tel.: +49 (0)30/2090-5200, Email:
  • Prof. Dr. Johanna Fabricius, Institute for Classical Archaeology, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30/838-54187, Email: