Digital tool

To make this process more transparent, a digital tool is being developed in a partnership between the University of Amsterdam, the Kröller-Müller Museum and Wiel’s Simple Solutions. This DIAL for Complex Artworks: a Digital Index of an Artwork’s Life is intended to make professionals in the creative industry more aware of the impact of their own actions on the artworks for which they are responsible. Thus, this research contributes to the critical thinking and sustainable insight into the preservation of complex contemporary artworks.

Case studies

The following artworks from the Kröller-Müller collection are among those included in the research as case studies:
Pierre Huyghe, La Saison des Fêtes, 2010 (realization in 2016)
Bart van der Leck, Mining industry, 1914-1915 (stained glass window)
Stanley Brouwn, Project for the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, 1976

DIAL for Complex Artworks is a KIEM (Knowledge Information Mapping) project within the NWO Creative Industry research programme. Head of Research: Dr Sanneke Stigter, University of Amsterdam; Public Partner: Susanne Kensche, Kröller-Müller Museum; Private Partner: Wiel Seuskens, Wiel’s Simple Solutions.

For information in English, see under research on the website of the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of the University of Amsterdam.


The first developments in the project will be presented during the SBMK-day 2017 on Friday 17 November at the Van Abbemuseum. More information and programme (in Dutch).

Image: Pierre Huyghe, La Saison des Fêtes, 2010 (excecution 2016), photo: Walter Herfst