The Museum of Utopia and Everyday Life regards itself as a public, cooperative store of history: researchers, curators, students, artists and anyone interested in history, from all fields, are invited to investigate the museum’s cultural and art-historical inventory and develop projects out of it. Workshops, summer schools and universities are core aspects of the museum’s work.
With its collections, the Museum of Utopia and Everyday Life preserves a broad range of sources on material and visual culture, which can be used for external research purposes. The existing collections and the study library with historical and current specialist literature can be used for research and study purposes following prior arrangement.
The Museum of Utopia and Everyday Lifeis involved in joint projects on cultural and contemporary historical research.
From 2009-2012, the Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR collaborated with the Cologne Institute of Conservation Studies on the project “Bewahren der DDR-Alltagskultur aus Plaste” (“Preserving Everyday GDR Culture Made of Plastics”).
From 2013, the museum collaborated with the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam on the project “Materielle Kultur als soziales Gedächtnis einer Gesellschaft. Der Sammlungsbestand des Dokumentationszentrums Alltagskultur der DDR als Quelle für zeitgeschichtliche Forschung” (“Material Culture as the Social Memory of a Society. The Collection of the Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR – A Source of Historical Research”).
(For further information, see: ZZF Potsdam).
Cooperation with universities, museums and research facilities above all encourage the digital documentation of the art collection and enable their broad-based reception.
The cooperative project “Bildatlas: Kunst in der DDR” (“Image Atlas: Art in the GDR”, 2009 to 2012 led to the academic and digital documentation of the paintings in the Beeskow Art Archive, which was combined with the general inventory (2015 to 2019) to form the basis of further research.