Preserving art historical documentation and advancing art historical scholarship
Founded in 2016, the Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI), headquartered in New York City, is dedicated to preserving art historical documentation and advancing art historical scholarship through the publication of catalogues raisonnés and digital archives. The institute benefits from the synergies brought about by the collaboration of the two WPI co-founders: the art expertise of Guy Wildenstein and the technical expertise of Hasso Plattner.
The WPI works in collaboration with the Fonds WPI, which holds their archival collection and manages their legacy projects, and Navigating.Art, which develops and maintains the Catalogue and Archiving Tool (CAT) that allows the WPI to share its digitized catalogues raisonnés and archival materials.
The WPI is currently working on digital catalogues raisonnés for the following artists:
- Eva Gonzalés
- Claude Monet
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Kees van Dongen
- Maurice de Vlaminck
- Romare Bearden
- Tom Wesselmann
As part of its mission to demonstrate the critical importance and relevance of archival research and its impact on cultural heritage, the WPI holds regular events featuring prominent scholars, curators and other experts in topics related to its research.
The WPI also publishes an Oral History series on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, featuring unprecedented firsthand accounts from art historians, archivists, gallerists, and others with close connections to WPI’s research projects.