With its 20.000 hand drawings and print graphics, the graphic collection in the Landesmuseum Hannover provides an excellent insight into the manifold events of European art history from the late Middle Ages to the early 20. Century.
Hundreds of Dürer's works, as his famous Hieronymus in the case, numerous Italian drawings, including a sketch sheet from the circle of Leonardo da Vinci, hundreds of works Rembrandt, the epochal Caprichos of Francisco de Goya, a landscape Camille Pissarro and hundreds of drawings and graphics by Max Liebermann, Max Slevogts and Lovis Corinths are examples of the artistic richness of our Kupferstichkabinett.
In order to make this treasure more accessible to science and the visitor, we are currently working on the digital development of our entire graphic inventory. Each sheet is taken individually from its archive box, recorded statistically, examined conservatively and digitally photographed. At the same time, the data of the old manuscript inventory cards will be recreated in digital form. In a second step, the information about the plant and its image are merged into a database. On the basis thus created, the final art historical appreciation of the works of art takes place in a catalog as well as their conservatory support.
In small temporary exhibitions, we present selected sheets, and on request, the visitors to the otherwise carefully stored in cabinets works are presented to study and enjoyment. The described conservation and art historical development and a rearrangement of the leaves will allow the visitor of the Kupferstichkabinett to browse through his collections of artists, artistic landscapes and epochs.
The Hanoverian art collection of the imperial count and illegitimate son of King George II, Johann Ludwig Wallmoden-Gimborn (1736-1811), counted until its dissolution in an auction in the year 1818 to the most important in northern Germany. In the context of the big Niedersächsische Landesausstellung of the 17. May until the 5. October 2014 led the Landesmuseum Hannover around 200 years after their dispersion across Europe and North America for the first time parts of the Wallmoden Gallery back together in Hannover. It provided a fascinating insight into the feudal collection system of the late Ancien Régime, at the epochal threshold for the construction of bourgeois Hanoverian collections by Bernhard Hausmann or August and Hermann Kestner, and thus relates to a key moment in Lower Saxony's art and cultural history. At the same time, the Wallmoden-Galerie does not only point far beyond Germany due to its auction-related dispersion. Wallmoden, who militarily participated in the - initially futile - defense of the campaigns of Napoleon's revolutionary army, was advised in his 1760er in the purchase decisions of John Joachim Winckelmann (1717 -1768), the 1763 of Pope Clement XIII. appointed superintendent of antiquities in Rome.
KENOM is about the joint development of an infrastructure for a "Virtual Coin Cabinet" - covering countries and types of collections. The four pillars of the web-based and illustrated database to be developed are collection modules for coins, medals, paper money and found coins. Various partners from Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt cooperate to enter and prepare the test data for different subject areas from antiquity, the Middle Ages, modern times, medal science, paper money history and fundnumismatics: the University Coin Cabinet Göttingen in the Archaeological Institute, the Fundmünzenarchiv Thuringian State Archeology in Weimar, the former Royal Coin Cabinet in the Landesmuseum Hannover, the State Coin Cabinet Saxony-Anhalt of the Moritzburg Foundation in Halle / Saale and the paper money collection of the Schleswig-Holstein State Library in Kiel. Various previous experiences of cooperation partners including the Münzkabinett in Hanover, the Gitta Kastner Foundation in the Numismatic Commission of Lands in the Federal Republic of Germany, the catalog of the Numismatic Commission and the network headquarters of the Göttingen Library Network with the networking of libraries and other cultural institutions (eg Portal Heritage Lower Saxony). Another partner in the development is the Programmfabrik Berlin with an application of the easydb software.
The goal of the DFG project KENOM is to significantly increase the digital presence of scientifically processed coin collections and to enable the development of numerous other collections permanently by providing appropriate tools. The broad cross-border networking of collections in Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Thuringia as well as the integration of different types of collections will ensure a broad spectrum of reusability. In the project, an infrastructure will be developed and a continuous workflow will be defined, which will allow even small institutions without trained numismatists with reasonable effort to provide online inventory information on the newly developed platform. Upon completion, the project should allow convenient access via a 'Virtual Coin Cabinet' to the magazine holdings that were previously only available to selected specialists. Independently of this, a contribution to the digitization of large volumes of material will be made in order to increase the presence of the German collections both nationally - among others in the upcoming German Digital Library - and internationally - in the Europeana. (Common Library Network)