Since 2013, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung – BMBF) has funded the international research project 'Bilderfahrzeuge – Warburg's Legacy and the Future of Iconology', which is dedicated to art historical and cultural historical research.
The Warburg Institute at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, serves as the project’s central hub in collaboration with the Max Weber Stiftung, the Universität Hamburg / Warburg-Haus, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, and the Universität Basel. Following a highly successful first phase of the project, the BMBF will provide a further round of funding for another five years (until 2023) of €6.3 million.
The project’s central aim is to investigate the migration of images, objects, texts and ideas across geographical and chronological borders. The work of the German-Jewish cultural and art historian Aby Warburg (1866–1929) and his Library of Cultural Studies (Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg - KBW) will remain at the heart of the research. New emphases during the second phase include 'political iconology: images as agents in the political sphere,' 'global image vehicles and migrating memories', and 'art and nation'.