Visegrad Fund
Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig


In August of 2023, the VVP AVU team went on a three-day research trip to Leipzig as part of the Resonances project. As it was their final trip, they used the opportunity to study the broader context of the archival documents they researched during the past two years. Most of their time was spent at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) Library, the largest specialist library on Eastern and Central Europe located in Central Europe. This library is an excellent resource for research, not only in the field of art history but also in politics, economics, and sociology of the region. Therefore, it is an ideal place to identify and formulate the crucial findings of the Resonances project. Most of all, the VVP AVU team made good use of publications and exhibition catalogs that document the results of similar projects, as well as of the complete collection of the periodical Comparativ, which features innovative methods in transnational, transregional, and global history.


Apart from that, the members visited the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts and the GRASSI Museum of Ethnology, which are currently undergoing a critical transformation focused on the institution's collections and the related acquisition processes. As the final destination of their trip, they also visited the local Museum of Fine Arts (MdbK), which gave them the opportunity to gain a proper insight into GDR art, represented in the collection by over 500 singular works.