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New: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, Thomas Kirchner, Déborah Laks and Nele Putz (Hrsg.): Les Arts à Paris après la Libération. Temps et Temporalités

The 2. volume of Passages online sheds new light on the Parisian art world after the Second World War, its protagonists, inter(national) dimensions and aesthetic challenges. It assembles a selection of contributions of the annual congress 2014/15 held at the German Center for Art History Paris as well as further results of research undertaken during that same year. Besides questions of historiography the publication focuses on case studies in which renowned artists like Giacometti, Picasso and Brassaï are analized. Furthermore, new protagonists, institutions and media are introduced and innovative perspectives developed. The volume thus makes a valuable contribution to the reevaluation of art of the postwar period.


New: Janneke Schoene: Beuys’ Hut. Performance und autofiktionale Subjektivität

The exegetical Beuys-reception assumes that he is an ‘authentic’ artist and that a certain immediacy defines his performance. The study, on the other hand, shows by analysing the tatar-legend as a narrative story, some autobiographical documents, performances and medialisations as well as the Beuys-retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 1979 as a platform for the artistic staging that Beuys is an auto-fictional figure, which exposes its artificiality, constructiveness and fictionality. Thus, the irony of Beuys’ performance becomes apparent as a comment on the role and significance of the artist, that he maintained so offensively at the same time.


New: Sigrid Ruby: Mit Macht verbunden. Bilder der Favoritin im Frankreich der Renaissance

The mistresses of the French Kings shape our impression of life within the royal court of the early modern times – a life full of glamour, affairs and intrigues, animated by beautiful women that possessed power and influence. This study focuses on the clarification of this impression from an art-historical perspective, and analyses depictions of the “beloved one” in different mediums and art genres throughout the period of the French renaissance. Two historical figures find themselves at the center of our attention, namely Anne de Pisseleu (1508-80?) and Diane de Poitiers (1500-1566).


New: Henry Keazor (Hrsg.), Film Plakat Kunst. Dietrich Lehmann und der Heidelberger Filmclub der 50er Jahre

In the 1950s the Dietrich Lehmann (1929-2014) did create a series of hand-painted film posters for the student film club at the university of Heidelberg. Hereby, the impressive effect this film club had did reach out way beyond Heidelberg into post-war Federal Germany. The catalogue, which accompanies the eponymous exhibition at the University Museum in Heidelberg, contextualises Lehmann’s posters within the history and the development of the genre of the film poster and discusses in articles as well as in the individual entries the history of the Heidelberg film club as well as that of the German film clubs in general. Moreover, the history of film and the personality of Dietrich Lehmann are examined.


New: Michael Falser, Wilfried Lipp (Eds.), A Future for Our Past. The 40th anniversary of European Architectural Heritage Year (1975–2015)

Under the motto A Future for Our Past, the European Architectural Heritage Year of 1975 was the most important and successful campaign of its time for the preservation and valorisation of architectural heritage in Europe. Its programmatic approaches and conceptual ideas are of high importance for the present, and motivate new interpretations for the future. With more than 40 contributions this publication is the first comprehensive appraisal of 1975 European Architectural Heritage Year for its 40th anniversary in 2015.


New: Birgit Franz, Gerhard Vinken (Eds.), Das Digitale und die Denkmalpflege. Bestandserfassung – Denkmalvermittlung – Datenarchivierung – Rekonstruktion verlorener Objekte

The “digitial revolution” has already been in full progress now. Digital applications have opened new perspectives for historic preservation such as the interactive visualisation of bygone conditions, the monitoring of endangered sites and artefacts or the complex networking of heterogeneous bodies of knowledge. At the same time, limitations and unsolved problems of applying digital technologies become evident; for instance the sustainability of rapidly growing amounts of data has been recognized as a critical issue.


New: Marius Lausch, Sprechende Bilder. Architektur, Glasmalerei und Ikonographie der Kathedrale Saint-Étienne in Auxerre

It took generations for the Cathedral of Auxerre to be completed and yet the building shows a remarkable homogeneity. Along with the architecture, particularly the numerous cycles of images deserve recognition. These "talking Pictures" are not merely decorative elements but integral components of the bishop`s church. It is the interaction between many singular pieces of art by which the Cathedral Saint-Étienne conveys a realistic impression of the complexity of medieval sacral buildings and the religiousness of an urban society in the 13th century.


New: Renaissance · Barock · Aufklärung. Kunst und Kultur vom 16. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert, hrsg. von Daniel Hess und Dagmar Hirschfelder

This title accompanies the permanent exhibition at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum on art and cultural history of the German-speaking world during the 16th to 18th centuries. The exhibition has been on display since 2010. It features about 1,000 exhibits in 33 rooms and addresses central themes of the early modern period such as collecting and presenting, the reception of antiquity and nature studies, the correlation between art and religion and the changing image of humanity. The complementing publication includes papers that deal with these key themes in a detailed manner. It also comprises a scientific catalogue of all exhibits.


New: Vom Streit zum Bild. Bildpolemik und andere Waffen der Künstler, hrsg. von Doris H. Lehmann

How do visual artists argue with one another and how do they use their works as weapons? This question was the subject of the congress 'From argument to image – visual polemics and other artists' weapons, organised by the DFG project 'The argumentative strategies of visual artists in the modern era'. The essays encourage a debate on the artistic argument as a phenomenon and the creative potential it unleashes. The examples of such clashes include attacks on rivals, critics and patrons.


New: Versailles, edited by Th. W. Gaehtgens, Markus A. Castor, F. Bussmann and Christophe Henry

The new series “Passages online” starts with the collected volume Versailles produced by the German Forum for Art History in Paris. It examines the influence of one of the most splendidly representative achievements of the early modern period upon the European courts of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Palace of Versailles was a showroom which made French luxury items known, and desired, far beyond the borders of France, drawing the attention of all regents of the time, and although numerous forms and ideas were borrowed by the artists and craftsmen who settled in the various European courts, the persistence of local traditions should not be under-estimated.


New: All volumes of the Eva-Conferences online

All volumes of the Eva-Conferences are on ART-Books. The EVA-Conferences are an international forum for users, developers and other stakeholders in electronic documentation and communication technologies for the cultural sector. With venues in Berlin, Florence, London, Saint Petersburg and Jerusalem, the conferences present ambitious digitization projects dealing with cultural heritage, network-based research and mediation collaborations as well as information technology services for museums, libraries and archives.


New: Das Phänomen Skatesticker. Bildrezeptionen und Kunstadaptionen in der Skateboardszene

Das Phänomen Skatesticker focuses on graphically designed stickers distributed by skate labels (manufacturers of skateboards and accessories). Originally, they were produced for advertising purposes only, but have now become icons for the scene. Our visual research approach allows us to analyse and recognise the complex image motifs, which often adapt the visual arts, in these graphic design items and their increasingly autonomous function as visual media for a scene.


New: Kunstrecht. Normen, Gesetze und Vorschriften

Art law has evolved into being an independent and important discipline within the constantly growing art market. The new German Kulturgutschutzgesetz (Act to Protect German Cultural Property) exemplarily shows this growing importance. Kunstrecht. Normen, Gesetze und Vorschriften by N. Kemle combines both applicable German legislation, european guidelines and regulations, international conventions (e.g. the Washington Principles, UNIDROIT) and ethical principles of different art trade associations in one volume.


New: Mimetische Praktiken in der neueren Architektur

In 2016, the convention "Resemblance: Processes and Forms" was held at the library of the Werner Oechslin foundation in Einsiedeln. This volume is a collection of papers contributed to the convention and two additional articles by the editors. The focus was set on researching the methods of generating similarity in recent architecture and was organised by the projects encompassed by the DFG-SNF-research group "Media and Mimesis."


New: Glances into Fugitive Lives

The starting point of this publication is the presentation daHEIM: Glances into Fugitive Lives realized in Berlin by the Museum Europäischer Kulturen with the artist barbara caveng and the initiative KUNSTASYL in 2016/17. Against the background of the situation of immigrants fleeing to Europe since 2015, it highlights the experiences and dreams of its protagonists from a residential hostel in the Berlin district of Spandau. Twelve authors from Europe, North and South America describe individual migration experiences, looking back as far as the 19th century from 2016.


Series of events Open Access at noon: Publishing with the Heidelberg University

On occasion of the open acces week, 24-30 October 2016, the University Library invites you in your lunch break to inform you about the various publishing options Heidelberg University offers. Start: 1 pm in the manuscript reading room (round chamber) of the library.


New: Le Chant du cygne. Die Gazette des Beaux-Arts und die französische Reproduktionsgraphik in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts

This study of French reproduction prints is based on the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, an art magazine founded in 1859 and one of the most important of its kind in the nineteenth century. Reproduction prints were published in it until 1927, and original works of printmaking until 1933; printmaking was also the subject of numerous articles.


New: Casting. A way to embrace the digital age in analogue fashion?

In 2019 the Gipsformerei will be celebrating its 200th anniversary which is a welcome opportunity for us to address the following question: How can an institution whose core activity lies in traditional handcrafted production hold its own in the face of technical innovation? The publication addresses that question and adds an interesting cross-section on the current research debate.


New: EVA Berlin - Elektronische Medien & Kunst, Kultur, Historie

Fifteen volumes of EVA-Conference papers have been published so far in print and are successively made available online and in Open Access. The EVA-Conferences are an international forum for users, developers and other stakeholders in electronic documentation and communication technologies for the cultural sector.

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