The Gipsformerei (Replica Workshop) of the State Museum in Berlin is the largest institution of its kind in the world.
Since its founding in 1819, the Gipsformerei has collected over 7,000 different castings of original artwork from all eras and cultures of the world. The oldest piece is the 25,000-year-old Venus of Willendorf, the largest casting of the 42-meter-high Marcus Aurelius Column in Rome; the smallest is an Egyptian scarab the size of a fingernail. Many of the valuable castings come from originals that are now lost.
This collection makes the Gipsformerei a significant cultural and historical archive and a unique art manufacturer among the world’s museums.
The original museum replicas are taken largely from historical moulds and directly from the original.