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The database covers as comprehensively as possible catalogues of exhibitions of modern art on the European Continent for the years between 1905 and 1915, but only in regard to paintings and drawings. Sculptures, prints, applied/decorative art, etc. are not included (and usually listed as “other medium”). They total at roughly 180.000 catalogue entries (150.000 without the “other medium” entries).
- Which catalogues have been entered?
1.1 Exhibitions in Gordon’s ‘Modern Art Exhibitions 1900-1916’
Our starting point are the catalogues in Donald E. Gordon, Modern Art Exhibitions 1900-1916, Munich 1974 that fell in our timeframe (1905-1915). Gordon selected 426 artists he considered ‘modern’ and listed their works if mentioned in exhibition catalogues in a total of 851 exhibitions. In contrast to Gordon, we not only included the entries of these 426 but of all the artists who took part in these exhibitions.
1.2 Additional exhibitions
We tried to include all exhibitions held in any of the institutions who seem to be important for modern artists in our time frame: e.g. galleries such as Durand-Ruel, Bernheim-Jeune, Paul Cassirer, Der Sturm, and artist associations such as the Secessions of Berlin, Munich and Vienna, the Hagenbund, der Moderne Bund, Neue Secession Berlin, and New English Art Club.
- Exhibitions without catalogue entries
Verifiable exhibitions for which either no catalogue is traceable or for which we were not able to obtain a catalogue as of now are still shown in the database. These will appear in the lists of exhibitions as any other but will not have any information to view. Their status will also be marked as “pending”. We are always thankful for information on where to obtain catalogues we are missing and should you have access to or be privy to the location of a catalogue we are missing, please contact us at email@example.com.
- How information was transferred
The database contains three different types of fields:
a. Fields named “as in catalogue”:Text is an exact transcription from the source material. Added text is shown in square brackets “”.
b. Fields named “according to catalogue”:The information value has been transferred from the source, but standardized in order to make working with the data easier.
c. Open fields (e.g. General Notes): Text which is transcribed directly from the source is presented in quotation marks.
Detailed Guidelines to our data entry can be found here.
- Biographical information about artists
We linked every creator (=artist) to Getty ULAN and/or the GND (whenever no matching artist could be found, a new profile was created, it will be added to ULAN). This enables a normed search despite different spellings of artist names and it allows for inclusion of additional biographical data not included in the catalogues (i.e. for filtering within searches in the database).
- Catalogue reproductions
Due to questions of copyright, we regret not to be able to include reproductions of the exhibitions catalogues and/or of artworks. As this changed in the course of the project, all remarks in the notes of entries or exhibitions concerning the place to see reproductions are to be disregarded.
To handle with care
- Fulltext search: please be aware that results listed from a search via the fulltext search bar include data not only from exhibition titles, artist names, catalogue entries, organizing body or venue, but also texts such as prefaces. Therefore, this search can in some cases be overwhelmingly broad. For more precise searches we advise the use of filters.
- Organizing bodies: organizing bodies have mostly been compiled by deduction from the catalogues. Persons and/or institutions involved in the organizing of exhibitions are not always mentioned in the catalogue. Therefore their naming can be incomplete or erroneous.
- Although many catalogues have been entered into the database, the dataset is not yet complete. Among the biggest gaps it is worth mentioning most of the Salons de la Société des Artistes Indépendants and the Salons de la Société du Salon d’Automne (Paris). We are doing our best to incorporate step by step as many of the missing catalogues by the end of 2019.
- We did as thorough a job as possible in including all possible data from the exhibition catalogues into the database. As of now, not all this information is shown on the frontend (still missing are for example: type of exhibition, whether ‘Other Mediums’ are listed, if members are listed, if addresses of members and participants are listed, if the catalogue structure has been altered). We are working on making it all visible, and filterable wherever possible.
- Exhibitions without catalogue entries: in order for those not to falsify your data and results, an option will be added to exclude these exhibitions from your search results. Please bear with us while we install this function.
- Cities: in the advanced search, the cities will get their own tab, in order to filter them as per the results shown. Please bear with us while we install this function.
- Venues: a ordering option by solo and group exhibitions will be added to the list of venues in the Browse Search.
- Exhibiting Cities: statistics will be added to this section of the Browse Search.
- Colour of pins on maps: we are working on unifying the colour of the pins on all maps, in order for one colour always to represent the same idea (i.e. black = place of death; green = place of birth; blue = location of an exhibition etc.)
- Graphics: some graphic display, such as font sizes and types, can still vary. We are working on unifying them as we go along.
- Select/Deselect all: in the list views, the “select/deselect all” box cannot be used yet, we are working on fixing this issue.
- Number of results displayed: not everywhere is it yet possible to choose how many results per page you are shown. We are working on implementing this throughout the database’s many different pages.