Collecting & Display

International Research Forum (est. 2004)


collecting and display seminar 

A Matter of Access

Munich & London, 22 & 24 June, 2019

Conference Schedule


Munich, Saturday 22 June, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Room 007, Zentnerstr. 31, 80798 München, Germany


10.00 Registration and welcome

10:30 Orsolya Bubryák, Institue of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of SciencesThe Kunstkammer of Johann Septimius Jörger in Nurember

11:00 Virginie Spenlé, Director, Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Inventarisierung und wissenschaftliche Bearbeitung des Bestandes Leonhard Christoph Sturm (1669 – 1719) and an Ideal Architecture for Dynastic Collections

11:30 coffee

12:00 Mary Malloy, Fellow of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, HarvardThe Catalogue as Invitation: Recruiting Visitors to Collections in Seventeenth-Century Europe

12:30 Catherine Phillips, Independent Scholar                                                                                                                         Paintings, Prints, Squirrels and Monkeys: Catherine the Great’s Hermitage

1:00 lunch

2:00 Paweł Ignaczak, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw                                                                                                                          A Parisian Collection in a Polish Castle - Lights and Shadows of a Prestigious Location in the Context of the Struggle for National Identity

2:30 Cecilia Riva, Collection Cataloguer, Palazzo Ducale, Venice                                                                                                       “A Well-known Subject for Photographic Reproduction”: the Layard Collection as an Example of Nineteenth-century Advertising

3:00 Sarah Coviello, Warburg Institute, London                                                                                                                                   A Scholar Collects, Exhibits, and Writes about it: the Personal Study Collections of 20th-Century Art Historians

3:30 tea

4:00 Maria Höger, research assistant Association – Friends of the Gugging House of Artists / Private Foundation - Gugging Artists / PHD student Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna                                                                                                                             Gugging and “Art Brut” – Persisting “Heterotopia” of the art world?

4:30 Laura Humphreys, Curatorial Project Manager at the Science Museum in London                                                                 New Frontiers for the Science Museum Group Collection

5:00 Discussion

5:30 drinks

London, Monday 24 June, Wolfson Room, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

9.30 Registration                                                                                                                                                                            9.45 Welcome and Introduction 

10:00 Anne Harbers, Radboud University, The Netherlands                                                                                                             His & Her Royal Collections – the Synergies and Symbiosis of Selecting a Publicity Channel

10:30 Esmee Quodbach, Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection and Frick Reference Library                                                                                                                                                                                                  To See or Not to See: The Visibility of the John G. Johnson Collection in Philadelphia, c.1880 to the Present

11:00 coffee

11.30 Julia Rössel, Research Assistant, “Kupferstichkabinett Online” of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel                    Displaying Print Collections: Location, Site, Practice

12.00 Anne Nellis Richter, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of Art, American University, Washington DC                         'An Excess of Folly' Townhouses as Public Art Galleries in Early Nineteenth Century London

12:30 Isobel Caroline MacDonald, University of Glasgow and The Burrell Collection                                                                          A Private Collection on Public Display: the Significance of (Sir) William Burrell’s (1861-1958) Loan Collection

13.00 lunch

2:00 Alison Clarke, University of Liverpool and the National Gallery, London                                                                                      In a Better Light: Agnew’s, Spatiality and Connoisseurial Practice, c.1875-1916

2:30 Rebecca Tilles, Associate Curator of 18th Century French & Western European Fine & Decorative Arts at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens                                                                                                                                                                           The Homes and Collecting Display of Marjorie Merriweather Post 

3.00 Laia Anguix, Northumbria University-Department of Arts                                                                                                             ‘In Deplorable Conditions and totally Inadequate for the Housing of the Collections’: Storage, Conservation and Access in Public Collections. The Case of the Laing Art Gallery (Newcastle)

3:30 Megakles Rogakos, independent art historian and exhibition curator                                                                                       The Work of an ACG Art Curator

4.00 Round table discussion

5.00 pm drinks reception







 The Society for the History of Collecting has recently been formed to encourage communication among scholars in the field through its website and events.  The international forum Collecting and Display  will continue its activities, holding monthly seminars, organising conferences and publishing.  The two organisations are intended to be complementary.  To contact the Society please see its website or email


The Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU