May, 8-11 2013
Jacobs University, Bremen
A century has now passed since art patrons, collectors, and the general public were confronted for the first time with the “non-objective” compositions of artists such as Robert Delaunay, Wassily Kandinsky, František Kupka, Kazimir Malevich, and Piet Mondrian. The continued evolution of abstract art throughout the twentieth century led to changes in our understanding of the production, meaning, and reception of art in aesthetics and art history. It influenced the discourse in fields such as philosophy, psychology, history, cultural and media studies, and even politics.
The conference will examine the role that abstract art has played in visual art and culture of the last one hundred years, with a particular focus on its contemporary contextualization in art history, philosophy, and cultural studies. Considering historical examples of artistic practice from the early pioneers of abstraction to late modernism, discussion will center on theoretical and critical narratives that seek to explore new perspectives on the legacy of abstraction in the visual arts. From metaphysical considerations and philosophical reflections to debates about interculturality and global perspectives on abstract art, we are interested in looking back at one hundred years of abstraction in the visual arts from a contemporary viewpoint that acknowledges and is informed by the many social, economic, cultural, and political aspects of artistic practice.
The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Isabel Wünsche, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen.
The full program is available here: https://jacobs-university.de/100-years-of-abstract-art/conference_program
To register for the conference please visit:
End of Registration: April 28, 2013
Registration fee for the entire event: 100€/50€*
Daily rate: 30€/15€*
(*reduced rate for graduates)
For information on our venue, maps and directions, please visit: https://jacobs-university.de/100-years-of-abstract-art/conference_registration-guest
Art and Art History
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus Ring 1, Research IV
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