The KHM-Museumsverband is Austria’s biggest museum group and comprises the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Weltmuseum Vienna and the Theatermuseum Vienna. Since the museums were established as separate legal entities in 2000, the KHM-Museumsverband, like all other federal museums, has reported to the Chancellor of the Republic of Austria. The legal form is that of a scientific institution under public law. Supervisory activities are carried out by the Minister for Art and Culture, the Constitution and Media at the Federal Chancellery. The statutory remit of the KHM-Museumsverband is to expand its collections and to preserve, study, document and display the collections as well as to educate the public about them.
The KHM-Museumsverband is Austria’s largest non-university research institution for the history of art and related disciplines. Basic research is conducted in many disciplines including art history, archaeology, numismatics, cultural and social anthropology, theatre studies etc. Alongside their normal work of managing exhibitions and running the museums, curators, restorers and scholars are engaged in researching and documenting the outstanding collections of almost four million artefacts. Current research projects reflect the varied spectrum and form an indispensable basis for exhibitions, publications and education in our museums. In 2014 the KHM-Museumsverband employed some 700 people, 30% of whom were engaged exclusively in scholarly work.
Rotraut Krall (Dr)