Work database

Drawing: Annegrete Riebesel, Design: Stefanie Demmel

An important step in the preservation of artists’ estates is the digital documentation of what is worth preserving. To this end, the BBK Saxony-Anhalt launched the “Saxony-Anhalt Visual Arts Database” in fall 2017. This is where the bequests and estates of visual artists from Saxony-Anhalt are recorded. This gives artists from Saxony-Anhalt the opportunity to present themselves and their work on the Internet: for the art trade, museums, researchers – and anyone interested in art.


Course work database 2024

The BBK Saxony-Anhalt has been operating the “Visual Arts Database Saxony-Anhalt” since 2017. It publishes catalogs raisonnés and lists of estates of female visual artists with a connection to Saxony-Anhalt. The work database informs the public – including curators and researchers, for example – about the life’s work of individual female artists and reflects the […]


Silke Trekel: Fluss, 2013 (Foto: Christoph Sandig)
Silke Trekel: Fluss, 2013 (Foto: Christoph Sandig)

Publications November 2023

In November 2023, the BBK Saxony-Anhalt published 6 new directories in the Saxony-Anhalt Visual Arts Database! Over the course of 2023, the participating artists took part in a three-part course run by Halle-based art historian Katharina Lorenz, who was commissioned by the BBK to introduce them to the use of the database.


Christiane Budig: Symbiose I, 2014
Christiane Budig: Symbiose I, 2014

Publications December 2022

In December 2022, the Berufsverband Bildender Künstler Sachsen-Anhalt published the directories of 4 visual artists from Halle (Saale) online. For the first time since the existence of the work database, members of the BBK Saxony-Anhalt created their own directories. They have provided information on their careers, exhibitions, awards and publications and have included photographs and […]


Screenshot Werkdatenbank Bildende Kunst Sachsen-Anhalt, 2024
Screenshot Werkdatenbank Bildende Kunst Sachsen-Anhalt, 2024

New design and new filter functions for the 2021 works database

The design of the Saxony-Anhalt Visual Arts Database was revised in 2021 and was created by Pepe Jürgens in collaboration with Daniel Burckhardt. The “BBK POP (Professional Online Presence)” project was funded by the “KULTUR.GEMEINSCHAFTEN” program of the Kulturstiftung der Länder as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.


Benno Butter:
Benno Butter: New York, um 1957 (Foto: Andreas Butter)

Publications September 2021

In September 2021, the multi-year pilot project Werk-Datenbank Bildende Kunst Sachsen-Anhalt came to a successful conclusion with the publication of 3 further directories:


Harald Döring: Krebs, 1978
Harald Döring: Krebs, 1978

Publications 2020

From spring 2019, directories were included via an open tender by the BBK Saxony-Anhalt. In July 2019, a five-member expert jury consisting of representatives of the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt, the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, the Feininger-Galerie Quedlinburg and independent art scholars selected 11 bequests or estates of visual artists from 21 submitted applications for inclusion in the “Werk-Datenbank […]


Eva Mahn: O.T. (aus der Serie "Töpferkleider"), 1982
Eva Mahn: “O.T.” (aus der Serie “Töpferkleider”), 1982

Publications 2018

The first three directories of the work database were selected for publication by the board of the BBK Saxony-Anhalt in consultation with the BBK Saxony-Anhalt working group on artists’ estates. These were released in November 2018 by State Secretary for Culture Dr. Gunnar Schellenberger during a press conference at the State Chancellery and Ministry of […]


Pilot project plant database 2018 to 2021

In the pilot phase of the project from 2018 to 2021, selected directories were entered into the works database, covering a range of artistic genres, generations and regional distribution within Saxony-Anhalt. The pilot phase was financed by the Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt as part of the “Digital Heritage” program. The first three directories were compiled by project […]