Maren Manzl

Intermedialität im Werk von Gregory Crewdson
Ein Bildkünstler im Kontext von Malerei, Film und Fotografie

Born in 1962 in Brooklyn, photographer Gregory Crewdson stages large-format photographs with a view to the melancholic and alienated life in American suburbs. The main themes are apparently randomly captured scenes of interiors, front gardens, and street exits, in which the protagonists usually seem to be introverted. In addition to the presentation of Crewdson's complete oeuvre and the iconography of the images, the work primarily deals with and compares in detail references from the visual arts, photography, and film history. Crewdson's photographs are juxtaposed with works by Hopper, Eggleston, Wall and Sternfeld as well as films by Lynch, Spielberg and Hitchcock.

Heide Grape-Albers (Ed.)

Die holländischen und flämischen Gemälde des 17. Jahrhunderts

“Today more than 200 Dutch paintings, Flemish as well as Netherlandish, are held in the Landesgalerie; the focus of the collection clearly lies on the Netherlandish works of art represented in approximately 153 paintings. Among the Flemish examples are those of Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens, Frans Snyders and Anton van Dyck, the Netherlandish school is presented with an impressive selection of paintings by Rembrandt’s students such as Gerrit Dou, Arent de Gelder, Carel and Barend Fabritius or Nicolaes Maes.” (p. 12) – The catalogue published in 2000 is a completely revised edition of the catalogue by Gert von der Osten (1954).

ICOM Deutschland , Markus Walz (Eds.)

Museum: ausreichend. Die ‚untere Grenze‘ der Museumsdefinition
Tagungsband des Internationalen Bodensee-Symposiums 2018

Beiträge zur Museologie, Vol. 9

The quantity and diversity of museums is increasing; but what about “hard criteria” for differentiating museums and non-museums? The Austrian-German-Swiss conference “Bodensee-Symposium 2018” discussed interesting case studies of drawing this definitional line by outsourcing if the museum staff does not have certain competences, by clear renunciation of one of the five main tasks of museum work because the capacities of the museum are insufficient for realising this task, or by external assessment and certification if this institution fulfils the expected level of museum work (or not). This volume closes with reflections of the museum definition by representatives of institutions which are only similar to museums (a private art collection, university collections, a product archive of a commercial company).

María López-Fanjul y Díez del Corral (Ed.)

The Second Glance
All Forms of Love

The Second Glance is a new exhibition series that provides a multi-perspectival engagement with the permanent collection of the Bode Museum through themes of contemporary social relevance. The objects in the collections cover over 1,500 years of Europe’s artistic and cultural history, making them particularly well-suited for exhibition formats that deal with human identities and their artistic embodiment. "All Forms of Love", the first installment in the series, offers a second look at works that, in a variety of ways, provide access to the theme of the diversity of sexual identities.

Melanie Kraft

historia, narratio, exemplum
Jörg Breu d. Ä. und die Historienbilder für das Herzoghaus München

The Augsburg artist Jörg Breu the Elder (1475/80 - 1540) worked for numerous high-ranking clients, such as Maximilian I, the Fugger or the Ducal House Munich, from which one of his most prestigious commission went out: For the so-called history paintings he created the history of Lucretia and the Battle of Zama.
Based on these panels, the study focuses on the narrative strategy and the image theorem of Breu in the context of his œuvre, the commission, contemporaries such as Hans Burgkmair or Albrecht Altdorfer, and his relationship with the Munich court. For the first time, Breus' pictorial inventions are analyzed in order to make a hitherto neglected painter of the German Renaissance more tangible.

Katja Lembke (Ed.)

best of
111 Geschichten aus dem Weltenmuseum

Why are fish in the Pacific more colourful than their relatives in the North Sea or the Baltic? Were there dinosaurs in Lower Saxony? Where did the first humans live? How did globalisation begin and when did art start?
This book provides answers to many such questions. In 111 objects, you are taken on a journey through the WeltenMuseum whose collections are a reflection of our world. Transcending space and time, they tell stories – from 240 million years old sea lilies to the present inhabitants of land and sea, from the Gamelan orchestra from faraway Indonesia to the gold necklace from Isenbüttel, from the earliest artisan products by the first humans to the world’s largest collection of German impressionists. Wonderful photos and captivating texts speak to all generations, providing an introduction to the secrets of our continent.

Johannes Warda (Ed.)

Beyond Bauhaus
New Approaches to Architecture and Design Theory

The ever new preoccupation with the avant-garde movements of the 20th century is an integral part of the theoretical discourse of architecture, art and design. The authors of this volume take the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus as an occasion for a critical revision of its pedagogical concepts, gender policy and design theoretical implications. Finally, the contributions open up new perspectives on the increasingly hybridising fields of the design disciplines between virtual environments, the aesthetics of sustainable design, biotechnology and the question of a postcolonial ethic.

Heike Messemer

Digitale 3D-Modelle historischer Architektur
Entwicklung, Potentiale und Analyse eines neuen Bildmediums aus kunsthistorischer Perspektive

Computing in Art and Architecture, Vol. 3

Digital 3D models of historical architecture ➔ Development, potentials and analysis of a new visual medium from an art historical perspective for the first time offers a comprehensive historical overview of the genesis of digital architectural reconstructions from an art historical perspective. The central aim of the book is to show the potential of this new visual medium and research tool in the humanities and cultural sciences by means of an art-historical analysis of digital 3D models. Essential discourses, desiderata and needs for action in the areas of hypothesis visualization, documentation of the reconstruction process and long-term archiving are discussed. The book offers the scientific community a sound basis for locating digital 3D models of historical architecture in the context of possible research questions, essential needs for action and for initiating impulses for future projects.

Antonia Wagner

Feminismus und Konsum

Dissertationen der Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Vol. 2

Ist Konsumieren ein Symbol für gesellschaftliche Freiheiten? Oder (re-)produziert Konsum eine Geschlechterordnung, die ‚die Frau‘ auf ein Objekt männlichen Begehrens reduziert? Konsumieren ist Ausdruck von Lust, macht Arbeit und lebt durch Bilder. Die hier vorliegende differenzierte Betrachtung zeigt, wie widersprüchlich Weiblichkeit in Konsumkulturen konstruiert wird. Entsprechend zeigen sich feministische Positionen der 1960er bis 1980er Jahre kritisch gegenüber der Konsumkultur, reflektieren gleichwohl auch die potentielle Macht der Konsumentin und einer feministisch geprägten Konsumästhetik. Diese feministischen ästhetischen Haltungen gegenüber dem Kaufen, dem Benutzen, dem Betrachten oder dem Verzehren käuflicher Dinge werden anhand von Werken weiblicher Künstlerinnen wie Evelyne Axell, Nathalia LL, Martha Rosler, Christa Dichgans, Sanja Iveković und Judith Barry herausgearbeitet.

Ruth Sonja Simonis

Microstructures of global trade
Porcelain acquisitions through private trade networks for Augustus the Strong

In 1716, Italian officer Peter Robert Taparelli Count of Lagnasco was sent to The Hague by the Saxon-Polish Elector-King Augustus the Strong to purchase East Asian porcelain. The correspondence surrounding this undertaking is a thorough account of the trading situation in the Netherlands. The transcribed letters illustrate the availability of Asian goods, the competition among buyers, prices and trade networks, as well as the objects that were bought for the king. The publication examines the importance of individual merchants and their role in supplying the Saxon court with East Asian luxury goods.

Elke Seibert , Agathe Cabau , Markus A. Castor (Eds.)

Discovering/Uncovering the Modernity of Prehistory

Passages online, Vol. 5

The research field of prehistory and modernity is very topical in both French as well as German art history, though the traditions differ. In view of this historical situation, the conference’s goal (German Center for the History of Art Paris, 2017) was to raise awareness and initiate a dialog, which opened up new perspectives for all participants and generated innovative research. Prehistory, or primeval times, leads back to fundamental art historical questions: When did abstraction begin? What specific qualities of prehistoric artefacts contributed to solutions to artistic problems of the European avant-gardists like Picasso, Miró, Baumeister, Giacometti or Bataille? What is characteristic of prehistoric art as compared to other arts premiers? Work-related questions stood at the center of the discussions and revealed interdisciplinary connections and opened debates intended to inspire further research.

Andreas Bienert , Eva Emenlauer-Blömers , James R. Hemsley (Eds.)

Konferenzband EVA Berlin 2019. Elektronische Medien & Kunst, Kultur und Historie
26. Berliner Veranstaltung der internationalen EVA-Serie Electronic Media and Visual Arts

EVA Berlin, Vol. 26

“BASED ON TRUST! Culture in Virtual Environment” is the focus of this year’s conference. It alludes to the oscillating field of tension that has been opened up between data identity and the real presence of cultural heritage. Digital transformation has made available the collection objects in cyberspace. Concerts and performances are transmitted as datastreams, and education and learning is continuously improved by the use of the VR. Digital telepresence technologies, thus, expand the visibility of cultural heritage and generate new contexts, narratives and perspectives.
But how can we represent credibility and uniqueness of the material evidence of the objects in digital data streams? What technical requirements are associated with the creation of plausible and citable scenarios and atmospheres in VR? The claim «Based on Trust» refers to all areas of the «virtualization of the museum» in 2D, 3D, sound and video formats as well as in e-installations, explorative VR applications and AI. Authenticity and credibility are not self-evident at all in digital media. They require complex attribution processes and data curatorial expertise. The Berlin EVA Conference deals with these topics at the interface between memory institutions, public administrations, technology providers and information scientists.

María López-Fanjul y Díez del Corral (Ed.)

Der zweite Blick
Spielarten der Liebe

The Second Glance is a new exhibition series that provides a multi-perspectival engagement with the permanent collection of the Bode Museum through themes of contemporary social relevance. The objects in the collections cover over 1,500 years of Europe’s artistic and cultural history, making them particularly well-suited for exhibition formats that deal with human identities and their artistic embodiment. "All Forms of Love", the first installment in the series, offers a second look at works that, in a variety of ways, provide access to the theme of the diversity of sexual identities.

Maximiliane Mohl

Das Museum Fridericianum in Kassel
Museumsarchitektur, Sammlungspräsentation und Bildungsprogramm im Zeitalter der Aufklärung

Museums and museum visits? Something we take for granted in the 21st century! However, art has only been accessible for everyone, through museum collections, since the end of the 18th century – the beginning of the Enlightenment. A landmark in this democratization of art and museum access, was the construction of the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel, the first autonomous, solitary museum building on the European continent.

This work examines the eventful architectural history of the Museum Fridericianum, placing it in the context of the international architecture of early Classicism as well as within the political circumstances and the urban context of the time.

Miguel Helfrich , Christina Haak (Eds.)

Casting. A way to embrace the digital age in analogue fashion?
A symposium on the Gipsformerei of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin

2. revised edition

The Gipsformerei, the oldest establishment of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin still active today, will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in a few years time. The Gipsformerei’s forthcoming anniversary 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. Besides all the papers presented at the symposium the panel discussion and the final discussion are summarized in English and German at the end of the production.

Stephanie Herold , Anneli Randla , Ingrid Scheurmann (Eds.)

Renationalisierung oder Sharing Heritage?
Wo steht die Denkmalpflege im Euopäischen Kulturerbejahr 2018?

Veröffentlichungen des Arbeitskreises Theorie und Lehre der Denkmalpflege e.V., Vol. 28

„Überall in Europa erleben wir gegenwärtig deutliche Renationalisierungsbewegungen und eine Inanspruchnahme des kulturellen Erbes für Identitätsbildungsprozesse von Ländern und Regionen. Im Zuge dessen werden die Grenzen zu Anderen deutlicher als zuvor markiert und Fragen der Zugehörigkeit zum Erbe kritisch ventiliert (z.B. gehört der Islam zu Deutschland/Europa? müssen wir Grenzkontrollen reaktivieren? etc.). Diesem Trend suchen europäische Institutionen durch die Betonung gemeinsamer Werte und Traditionen entgegenzusteuern – nach der Deklaration von Faro 2005 gilt das nicht zuletzt für die Ausrufung des europäischen Kulturerbejahres, das 2018 unter dem Motto Sharing Heritage steht und zu einer Neu-Betrachtung des kulturellen Erbes unter Prämissen des Kulturtransfers und der Rezeption von Ideen auffordert. Grenzräume erfahren dabei als Austauschregionen, aber auch als potentielle Konfliktregionen eine besondere Beachtung. Denkmalpflege, Archäologie und Museologie sind durch die aktuellen Neubewertungen des kulturellen Erbes wie alle anderen sammelnden Fächer zu einer Positionsbestimmung herausgefordert.“

Ingrid Scheurmann

ICOM Deutschland , Deborah Tout-Smith (Eds.)

Museums, Borders and European Responsibility
One Hundred Years after the First World War

Beiträge zur Museologie, Vol. 8

Museums are the treasure troves of cultural heritage, places of remembrance and self-assurance. But whose stories are they telling, and why? What is remembered in museums, and what is forgotten?
One hundred years after the end of the First World War, museum practitioners and scholars from Europe and beyond reflect anew on the impacts of the war. They consider the central role museums play in the accurate and authentic representation of war, the shaping of commemoration and the preservation of war‘s legacy. They explore difficult issues including diverse and conflicting perspectives of war, political influence and the question of European responsibility.
They argue for the confident inclusion of critical voices and diverse perspectives, and deeper thinking about the impact of violence and dogma on European society.

Eva von Engelberg-Dočkal , Oliver Trepte (Eds.)

Stadtbilder Weimar
Städtische Ensembles und ihre Inszenierungen nach der politischen Wende

The result of a seminar held at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in the summer semester of 2018, this volume offers a discerning overview of architectural and urban development in Weimar after the political change. The common perception of the inner city as a still-intact historical centre is critically reflected upon. The extent of construction and its influence on present cityscapes is discussed based on the examination of several different areas. Beginning with the building activities of the 1990s, the articles discuss the creation of urban identity, especially Weimar’s role in the Model City Programme, as UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a European Cultural City in 1999. The main questions focus on dominant themes and defining identifying objects, particularly regarding modern architecture coexisting with the traditional motif of the classic city.

Judith Schulte

Der Vietnamkrieg im Fotoessay
Larry Burrows zwischen Propaganda und kritischer Kriegsfotografie

Photojournalism as was practiced during the Vietnam War is considered particularly direct and straight. Based on photographic essays by Larry Burrows, the study analyses the American representation of the war in Life Magazine and its subsequent reception in historical, media-scientific and art-historical contexts. Hereby, criteria and image patterns of authenticity are verified and checked.

The studies show a changing image of war, which is still strongly influenced by colonial pictorial patterns. Photography in the style of combat photography - later made into a principle in embedded journalism - can already be shown as a form of propaganda for the Vietnam War.

Landesmuseum Württemberg (Ed.)

Die Kunstkammer der Herzöge von Württemberg
Bestand, Geschichte, Kontext

Band 1

Wie viele Fürsten legten auch die Herzöge von Württemberg ab dem ausgehenden 16. Jahrhundert eine Kunstkammer an. Neben den kostbaren kunsthandwerklichen Arbeiten umfasste die Sammlung Exotica, magische Gegenstände, Bronzen, wissenschaftliche Instrumente, Miniaturen und vieles mehr.
Über 30 einführende Essays und mehr als 330 Objektbeschreibungen stellen die württembergische Kunstkammer, ihre Bestände und ihre wechselvolle Geschichte vor. Durch die ungewöhnlich reiche archivalische Überlieferung konnten der jeweilige Eingang der Objekte in die Kunstkammer, sowie die sich im Laufe der Zeit wandelnden Schwerpunkte der Sammlung rekonstruiert und deren Geschichte kontextualisiert werden.

Link zu Band 2 und Band 3.