Making Masterpieces. Art on Display in the Modern Museum
2016 - 2017 (September-December)
Alexandra Enzensberger has completed her PhD thesis “Das inszenierte Meisterwerk” – “Making Masterpieces. Art on Display in the Modern Museum” at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In her research she focuses on strategies of display in European art museums spanning the period from 1800 to the present. During her doctoral studies she received a scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation. She was a visiting student at Paris EHESS in 2011 and at Harvard in 2015. A specialist on the Museum Island in Berlin, she is currently preparing a publication on the display history of the “Bust of Nefertiti” (“Eyes on Nefertiti. A German story”).
This project examines the making of so-called “Masterpieces” in European Museums: how are masterpieces constructed by museums and what do masterpieces do with their museum? Four case studies (“The Nightwatch” by Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum, Michelangelo’s “David” in the Galleria dell’ Accademia, “The Nike of Samothrace” in the Louvre and the “Raphael Cartoons” in the Victoria & Albert Museum) approach this question and analyse how the meaning of the term “masterpiece” has changed over three centuries, from the 19th to the 21st century.