Conference: Picture collections as food for thought (Florence, 7-8 Dec 16)

Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Palazzo Grifoni Budini
Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, December 7 (14:00-18:45)  & Dec. 8 (09:30-17:30), 2016

BILDERSAMMLUNGEN ALS DENKMATERIAL
Materialismen, Realismen, Kunst (1900–1960)

PICTURE COLLECTIONS AS FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Materialisms, Realisms, Art (1900–1960)

A materialistic theory of art evolved in the first half of the
twentieth century, one that was informed by Karl Marx’s historic
criticism but also drew upon contemporary art historical methodologies
and the emerging cultural sciences in order to broaden them. After
earlier approaches by Eduard Fuchs, it was Max Raphael, Walter Benjamin
and Frederick Antal in particular who addressed art’s economic and
social developmental conditions to use this as a foundation to develop
a materialistic concept of art. The workshop will consider various
material and pictorial collections of the twentieth century and map out
how these were compiled on the basis of theoretical assumptions and how
these assumptions reflected back on the collections. The selection of
objects and their arrangement as a working foundation should receive
just as much attention as the theories drawn from them. This will also
take into account biographical, historical and political circumstances
under which collections were established or even thwarted. Those
techniques, that came into being as alternatives due to persecution and
exile as well as political marginalization, will be juxtaposed with the
established instruments of knowledge generation. The workshop is
conceived as a critical approach to a historical field of which the
constellations, issues and problems have remained relevant in today’s
debates about “new” realism, materiality and objecthood.

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51
50122 Florenz

Organisation:
Carolin Behrmann
Minerva Research Project
The Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

Steffen Haug
Arbeitsstelle Aby Warburg-Edition
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte der Humboldt-Universität zu
Berlin

Website: www.khi.fi.it/5481471/

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