Using the Database

What to find

As explained in more detail in the section “Content of the database”, the database contains the data of exhibited paintings and drawings in modern art exhibitions that took place between 1905 and 1915 and for which an exhibition catalogue was published.


What is the difference between the “Browse” and “Advanced Search” options?

While the browse option lets you skim through the different sections of the database (exhibitions, artists, catalogue entries, venues, organizing bodies…) with a few filtering options available in each section, the advanced search enables you to combine searches across the 5 sections and apply numerous filters at once. Results in both searches can be displayed in the form of lists, statistics and maps.


What is the “My Data” section for?

The “My Data” section enables you to create an account by setting a username and password in order to be able to save customized searches and/or filtered search results.


What statistics, analysis- and visualisation tools does DoME offer?

DoME provides a large set of analysis and visualization tools which deliver results on specific issues – such as pie charts to illustrate gender or age distribution, matrices to answer the question of which nationalities have exhibited how many works in which countries, or bar Charts in order to clarify how many exhibitions have taken place per year or per month. In each case the different tools are displayed under the index Statistics.


Historical addresses on contemporary maps?

Be aware that addresses of venues, organising bodies and artists given in the database are historical addresses (with the exception of addresses of catalogue holding institutions). Therefore, all pins on maps are only accurate to the city level, not the street level, as locations are likely to have changed since the 1905-1915 period. In order to avoid confusion as much as possible, a zoom limit has been applied to the maps so as not to show a specific location on the map. Maps cannot be downloaded. If using screenshots of the maps, please remember to include the map’s quotation (lower right hand corner).

Similarly, nationalities given in the database reflect the country borders of the early 21st century. Therefore, an artist like Malevich, born in Kiev (former Russian Empire), will be listed as Ukrainian, not Russian.


Which calendar (Gregorian vs. Julian) do the given dates correspond to?

All given dates (except those which explicitly state otherwise) correspond to the Gregorian calendar. Thus, e.g. the dates of the Russian exhibition catalogues, which are mostly based on the Julian calendar, have been converted.


Can I export the raw data?

An export in raw data format (csv/Excel) of all data, whether filtered and/or combined between sections or not, is possible at all times. An export of the raw data might enable its even more customized use.


What download options are available in DoME?

All search results are downloadable in the form of lists, statistical visualisations and raw data, in several file formats via the ” ≡ “ symbol, located in the right-hand corner of each visualisation (e.g. PNG, JPEG, PDF, SVG etc.). Maps cannot be downloaded.


By what standards and rules was the data entered into the DoME?

The standards as per which the data has been entered into the database as well as the rules by which the various fields have been filled in can be found here.


How do I quote (re)searches and results in/from DoME?

Please be aware that the database is still in an ongoing updating process, results may therefore change on an almost daily basis. We suggest quoting data/results as follows: “DoME, insert URL, accessed on DATE.” Additionally, a quotation recommendation is made at the bottom of every entry which also includes the date it was last modified.

If using screenshots of the maps, please remember to include the map’s quotation (lower right hand corner).


Why are some exhibitions incomplete or “empty”?

DoME contains about 100 exhibitions for which the existence of a catalogue is not certain. These have been marked as “no catalogue available”. As it is possible that no catalogue was published, no further details could have been added pertaining to these exhibitions. Other exhibitions were left empty as the published catalogue could not be located or entered before the end of the project. In some cases, some information was added from secondary sources, in which cases a note will cite those sources accordingly. Please be aware that if included in your searches, those incomplete or “empty” exhibitions might distort your statistical results.


What do I do if the database shows an error message or I have a question or suggestion for DoME?

In case of malfunctioning of the database or questions regarding its content and/or functions, feel free to get in touch with the project team via or the form prepared in the “Contact” section.