The three-year “Intersections” project, coordinated by Francesca Iannelli, Francesco Campana and Gabriele Tomasi at IISG in Villa Sciarra (Rome, Italy), is structured as follows:

the first year (2023-24) will be devoted to the “real museum” and first and foremost to the analysis and critical evaluation of the most important museum concepts elaborated in early 19th century Germany. In this sense essential will be a reflection on the “Museumsstreit” that accompanied the design of the Altes Museum in Berlin until its opening in 1830. An attempt will then be made to consider additional museum conceptions in early nineteenth-century Germany, such as the Glyptothek in Munich. Of such theoretical/design elaborations, the relevance for the contemporary museum will then be assessed, finally reflecting on the different ways of understanding the museum institution between the real and the virtual in our times.

In the second year (2024-25) we will focus on (a) reconstructing Hegel’s direct and indirect influence on this debate, both through personal contacts with Museumsstreit referents (e.g., with Hirt, Waagen, von Rumohr) and through his legendary Berlin Lectures on Aesthetics; (b) tracing in Hegel’s philosophy of art a conception of the museum; and (c) mapping the museum institutions visited by Hegel.

This material will finally feed into the third year (2025-26) of the Intersections project in the ‘virtual museum’ of Hegel’s Aesthetics, called the “Hegelian Intersection Museum”.