Anna Schäffler

Anna Schäffler

Junior Fellow
Freie Universität Berlin

In Residence

November 2018 – April 2019

Research Project

Dealing with the legacy of contemporary artists requires new models for conservation and preservation. In my research project I explore the posthumous caring for artists’ estates in its artistic, cultural, economic, legal, and political dimensions and situate these historically. I investigate the consequences of an expanded preservation outside and beyond existing memory institutions such as museums, archives, libraries, a process that will ultimately amount to tectonic changes in Western memory culture. In doing so I also study the more general potential of this decentralization of knowledge in “networks of care” with private and civil stakeholders.

Research Interest

  • History and theory of conservation and restoration
  • Practices and processes of preservation, archiving and exhibiting
  • Time, temporality and contemporaneity of art
  • Methods of observation and mediation
  • Art sociology, economy and politics


„Out of the Box. Preservation on Display“, in: The Explicit Material. Material and Object Inquiries on the Intersection of Academic, Curatorial and Conservation Studies, Hanna Hölling/Francesca Bewer/Katharina Ammann (Eds.), Studies in Art and Materiality, Brill (forthcoming).

„Erhalten Ausstellen“, in: In Obhut. Anhand von Anna Oppermann, Marktgemeinde Lustenau, 2018.

„move – align – avoid. Vom Schwarm als Prinzip und Phänomen“ (mit Friederike Schäfer), in: Is This Where It Ends? Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof 2011-2014, Isabelle Busch/Franziska Solte (Eds.), Hamburg 2015.

„Variation & Interpretation. Zum posthumen Aufbau installativer Kunstwerke“, in: kunsttexte. de/Gegenwart, Skulptur des 21. Jahrhunderts“, No. 4, 2014.


Anna Schäffler

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