Conference: Aby Warburg 150. Work. Legacy. Promise.

13 June – 15 June 2016

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Conference celebrating the life, work and impact of Aby Warburg including a screening of Aby Warburg: Metamorphosis and Memory (60 minutes. 2016), a film by Judith Wechsler.

On 13-15 June 2016, the Warburg Institute celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Aby Warburg. At the centre of this commemoration is a conference dedicated to his work and heritage. It will reclaim the centrality of Warburg’s thought and vision not only for the London Institute but for the world of international scholarship. A large group of distinguished scholars will discuss the implications of his thought for the history of art, images and cultures. The aim will be not only to illuminate the past, but to reveal the potential of his writings for the debate about contemporary cultural differences as well.

NB: Registration for Sessions 4 & 5 (15th June) has closed, but places are still available for Sessions 1-3 (13th and 14th June). For any queries please email warburg@sas.ac.uk.

All sessions are available to view online via live streaming during the conference. Please click on the appropriate link to be redirected to the live stream:

 Monday 13 June (Day 1)

Tuesday 14 June (Day 2)

 Wednesday 15 June (Day 3)

For the live stream available from Germany (all sessions), please click on the following link:
Live stream from Germany

For more information and the programme of the conference, please visit the Warburg Institute website.

This conference is generously supported by the following organisations:

Max Kohler Stiftung
Martha Pulvermacher Stiftung
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research / Bilderfahrzeuge Project
Warburg-Haus

 

Conference: Botticelli

To coincide with the exhibition Botticelli Reimagined, this two-day international conference will explore our perception of Botticelli“s artistic practice, legacy and fame, as well as its impact and reception from fifteenth century to the present. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in collaboration with the Warburg Institute and the Bilderfahrzeuge, this event will bring together international scholars to consider how the art of the past remains a principal source for contemporary practice.

This conference is generously supported by the Kress Foundation and the Italian Embassy.

London, 13 & 14 May 2015, 10.30 – 17.00

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Botticelli Conference Programme (as pdf)

NB: This conference is taking place at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road

London SW7 2RL

Conference: Das verirrte Kunstwerk. Funktion und Rezeption vom Wege abgekommener ›Bilderfahrzeuge‹

Warburg-Haus, Heilwigstraße 116, 20249 Hamburg, 25.-26. April 2016

Jahreskonferenz des Forschungsverbundes »Bilderfahrzeuge – Warburg’s legacy and the future of iconology«

Organisiert von Uwe Fleckner, Elena Tolstichin und Isabella Woldt
Universität Hamburg, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar

PROGRAMM

25. April 2016

Entführte Kunst / Abducted art

11.00 Uhr
Begrüßung und Einführung
Uwe Fleckner / Elena Tolstichin

11.15 Uhr
Strangers in paradise
Die Verschleppung byzantinischer Seidenarbeiter nach Sizilien
Johannes von Müller

12 Uhr
Kaffeepause

12.30 Uhr
Kunst und Feldzug
Artefakte als Beute im Alten Orient
Babette Schnitzlein

13.15 Uhr
(News) Stories from the Middle East
Removed artefacts, recycling, and the ethical agenda against illicit trade
Mirjam Brusius

14.00 Uhr
Mittagspause

Missverstandene Bilder / Misunderstood images

15.00 Uhr
The naked fetish
Carl Einstein and the Western canon of African art
Uwe Fleckner

15.45 Uhr
White skin, black masks
The native/exotic in Brazilian Modernism
Rafael Cardoso

16.30
Kaffeepause

17.00
Verhängnisvolle Mobilität
Das »Goldene Zeitalter« der Bildtapisserie
Isabella Woldt

26. April 2016

Transfer – Transformation – Translation

10.15 Uhr
Konversionen der »Religio«
Rekonstruktion eines bildgestützten Diskurses
Elena Tolstichin

11.00 Uhr
Metamorphosis of ruins
Some reflections on reconstruction practices around 1900
Maria Teresa Costa

11.45 Uhr
Kaffeepause

12.15 Uhr
Translation processes in the religious art of the early modern period
The mission in New Spain
Margit Kern

13.00 Uhr
Looking at the New Hispanic folding screens’ many faces
Iconic translation and transformation
Emilie Carreón Blaine / Linda Báez Rubí

13.45 Uhr
Mittagspause

Verschobene Objekte / Displaced objects

15.15 Uhr
Moving sculptures
Southern Netherlandish alabasters in Central and Northern Europe
Aleksandra Lipinska

16.00 Uhr
Building the Alhambra abroad
The Alhambra cupola in Berlin and other moving parts
Anna McSweeney

16.45 Uhr
Kaffeepause

17.15 Uhr
Expatriates, diasporic or common goods?
Variations of Islamic arts on display
Eva-Maria Troelenberg

Keynote lecture

18.00 Uhr
Memory, nostalgia, repatriation
Political claims on antiquities
James Cuno

Um Anmeldung bis zum 10. April 2016 wird gebeten (eva.landmann@uni-hamburg.de).

Warburg on Tapestries

by Isabella Woldt

My research project in the Bilderfahrzeuge group focuses on tapestries as mobile vehicles. The main investigation concerns the reflecting of Petrarch’s “Trionfi” in tapestries and discusses the textile as an instrument of the transfer of ideas and cultural contexts by the manufacture of elaborate materials like gold thread into the tapestry, for instance. The project arises from many years of study on the works of the Hamburg art and cultural historian Aby Warburg. Moreover, the term “Bilderfahrzeuge” has its roots in Aby Warburg’s research on tapestries. The essay below should encompass Warburg’s main discourse on that topic.

The term “Bilderfahrzeuge”, meaning ‚image vehicle‘, refers to Aby Warburg’s research on the “afterlife of antiquity”. Warburg investigated the process of the migration of cultural elements as a material embodiment of the function of human memory. He observed how these cultural objects implement expressions that are the result of the human process of memorising, and how through perception these objects evoke a creative process in the human brain, which produces new thoughts. Warburg asked and investigated how that process was organised and which elements were the most influential in that practice of creation, and he called those elements the “pathos formula”. Weiterlesen

Adjø, Matisse! Abschiedsfeier für ein migrierendes Gemälde

Oslo Ausstellung

Es wird gemeinhin angenommen, dass ein Museum die letzte Station auf dem Wanderweg eines Kunstwerks ist; allerdings gibt es auch Fälle, in denen es zum Ausgangspunkt einer neuen Reise wird. Das kann zum einen freiwillig, durch Verkauf, geschehen, zum anderen auch unfreiwillig, durch Plünderung im Krieg oder durch Raub. Nicht selten muss ein Kunstwerk aber auch deswegen weiterziehen, weil es vor seinem Eintritt in die Sammlung ein Beutestück war. Bei der Dame in Blau vor einem Kamin (1937) von Henri Matisse war das der Fall. Als der Gründer des Henie Onstand Kunstsenters (HOK) in Oslo das Bild vor über 60 Jahren erwarb, Weiterlesen