Dr. Seraina Renz

Wissenschaftliche Assistentin

Interessi di ricerca

  • Transregional Art History
  • Art History of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Cold War Studies
  • Performance Art

Research Project

Crossing the Borders. Exchange in Art during the Cold War

Pubblicazioni (Selezione)

  • "Erzählung und Zeit in Hans Josephsohns Reliefs", in Gestundete Zeit. 100 Jahre Hans Josephsohn, a cura di Claudia Keller e Bärbel Küster, Zürich 2020, pp. 98–105.
  • "Wiederholen, verfremden, ausbrechen. Zeitlichkeit in der (post–)sowjetischen Kunst. Rezension zur Ausstellung Russia.Timeless 4.10.19–6.1.20 / DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prag", in 21. Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual, 1, 1 (2020), pp. 233–250. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11588/xxi.2020.1.73147
  • Kunst als Entscheidung. Performance- und Konzeptkunst der 1970er Jahre am Studentischen Kulturzentrum Belgrad, München 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11588/arthistoricum.847
  • "Im Blick des Tieres. Adorno und Derrida zur Tierfrage", in Kritische Berichte, 2 (2017), pp. 55–64 (con Demian Berger).
  • "'Art and Revolution'. The Student Cultural Center in Belgrade as a Place between Afrmation and Critique", kunsttexte.de/ostblick, 3 (2014), Special issue Mythmaking Eastern Europe. Art in Response, a cura di Mateusz Kapustka. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18452/7564

Curriculum vitae

Seraina Renz is an art historian and curator. Her research and teaching focus is on art from Central Europe. She is particularly interested in performance and conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as in the artistic exchange and transfer of ideas that took place across bloc borders during the Cold War. Before taking up the position of Research Assistant at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in 2021, she was an adjunct lecturer at various universities and colleges (including Université de Fribourg, University of Zurich, Zurich University of the Arts, Bern University of the Arts). In 2016–2019, she was a research assistant at the Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Zurich. She completed her PhD in 2015 as part of the research project Conflicting Identities – Politics of Representation and Counterculture in Yugoslavia during the Cold War with Philip Ursprung (ETH Zurich, 2013 –2016), and the monograph was published in 2018 under the title Kunst als Entscheidung. Performance– und Konzeptkunst der 1970er Jahre am Studentischen Kulturzentrum Belgrad. One of her research interests, which she has pursued since receiving her PhD, is the relationship between humans and animals in contemporary art and philosophy. In addition to her academic work, she has co–curated several exhibitions, including at the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Stadtgalerie Bern. 

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