Art and Feminism in Italy in the 1970s

Field Seminar
As part of the Italian Council 11 project Now We Have Seen. Women and Art in the Seventies in Italy, a thematic tour is organized at the exhibition Cooking Cleaning Caring. Care Work in the Arts since 1960, held at the Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop in cooperation with the Institute of Art History at the Ruhr University Bochum and curated by Linda Walther and Friederike Sigler with Monja Drossmann and Tonia Andresen. [more]

Datathink 2024 / AI & Cities: Sampling the Past, Interpreting the Present in Future Tense

Winter school exploring emerging intersections of artificial intelligence, machine learning, urban studies, urban landscape, and architectural and urban history. Apply by Feb 5 [more]

Gernsheim Study Days: Exploring Rome through Drawing in the 16th Century

Gernsheim Study Days
In 1532, the painter Maarten van Heemskerck (1498–1574) set out on a journey from Haarlem to Rome. A collection of 94 sheets with about 160 drawings in the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett provides a visual testimony to his five-year stay – it is one of the most extensive by an artist traveling to Rome in the 16th century. [more]

Brazilian Art and the Return to Painting in the 1980s

Research Seminar
Reviewing the samba school processions during the 1987 carnival in Rio de Janeiro, art critic Frederico Morais cited Achilles Bonito Oliva. The Italian art critic and curator had been in Brazil only a few days before, and caused outrage with certain derisory comments about the local culture; notably, that Brazilian art was inextricably associated with samba. In the review Morais proposed a reversal of sorts, not least due to his questioning the implied hierarchy between ‘high art’ and popular culture. [more]

«Romano nell’animo e nel volto». Il paradigma del Duce

Research Seminar
Mussolini fu assimilato a molti grandi personaggi della Roma antica. Ma egli apparve soprattutto come la reincarnazione stessa del tipo romano. Nelle arti e nelle parole scritte e pronunciate, il Duce era la presenza rassicurante del genio della stirpe millenaria nell’Italia fascista. [more]

Mediterranean Paths for Architecture. Malta and the European Community of the Order of Saint John

Research Seminar
The cosmopolitan context of the Maltese archipelago, its community and its architecture, offer privileged examples of the international circulations of knowledge, models, and ideas of architecture in early modern Europe. [more]

In-Between: the Scylla and Charybdis of Official and non-official in the Late Soviet Epoch

Research Seminar
The discussion of Soviet culture often revolves around triggering division into the official and the non-official, which simplifies our knowledge about the distribution of images at that period, omitting their existence in-between the extremities of allowed and forbidden. The research seminar will address these problematic dichotomies on the materials of different realms across the former Soviet space — from architecture to photography. [more]
Narratore, poeta, critico d’arte e pittore. Drammaturgo, regista e anche attore. Giovanni Testori è stato un autore complesso e prolifico, di cui rimane ancora molto da approfondire. Il seminario offre un’occasione per indagare la connessione tra il Testori drammaturgo e il critico d’arte, partendo dalle riflessioni teoriche sul teatro contenute nel saggio del 1968 “Il ventre del teatro”. [more]

Cult/Space/Presence of Images. A Workshop on the Art and Cultural Historical Impulses of Hans Belting

The aim of this workshop, a sequel to the one held last year in Brno, is to further illuminate and classify the contribution of Hans Belting (1935–2023) to art history, visual and cultural studies and to reflect on its significance. [more]

Drapery in Italian Premodern Art, between Nature and Artifice

Research Seminar
Cloth is a highly malleable material with almost limitless expressive potential. Its soft readiness to receive form allows it to transform into any number of abstract shapes in relief, providing the human eye with pleasurable diversion from figuration and introducing volume to whichever surface it adorns. Drapery – the representation of free-falling cloth characterised by its folds – presented a unique set of challenges for artists in premodern Italy, where the imitation of nature and authorial assertion both emerged as primary artistic goals. [more]

Constantinople Modern: Avant-Garde Arts in Occupied Istanbul, 1918-1923

Research Seminar
This talk explores modernist painters, writers, and musicians active in Istanbul during the city’s occupation by British, French, and Italian forces between 1918 and 1923, asking how foreign occupation and the international cultural climate of the period contributed to the creation of an avantgarde. [more]
The Kupferstichkabinett Berlin owns two spectacular albums with around 160 drawings by the Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck (1498–1574), executed in Rome between 1532 and 1536/37. During these years he wandered through the city, visited collections of antiquities, made pilgrimages to the holy sites, and filled his sketchbook with drawings. [more]
A category of objects that exists entirely as a function of violence, the term ‘loot’ describes a relationship of possession, if not more specifically of dispossession. Neither an historically nor materially specific typology of artifacts, loot is instead primarily a legal category that cuts across place and time. And while it is also not an art-historical classification, it is one with which the discipline of art history must constantly contend, given its repercussions for what is accessible, where, and in what condition. [more]
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