Einladung zum Torgespräch
Ladislav Kesner – “Warburg/Arnheim effect”
im Rahmen der Rudolf-Arnheim-Professur
am Montag, 17. Juni 2013 um 19.30 Uhr
im Max Liebermann Haus, Berlin-Mitte, Pariser Platz 7
Prof. Monika Grütters, Sprecherin des Vorstands Stiftung Brandenburger Tor
Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp, Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, HU Berlin
Rudolf Arnheim probably never met Aby Warburg and he never mentions him in his work, yet their respective work complements each other in some crucial aspects. One of them art historian, who called himself “psychohistorian”, the other psychologist with a deep passion for art, their personalities and ideas demonstrate possibilities for a productive interfacing between psychology and art history. Playing Warburg and Arnheim against each other may suggest ways of reinvigorating kunstwissenschaft´s troubled relation to psychology, exacerbated by the debasing and trivializing of human mind in poststructuralist and critical theory and by reductionism of neuroaesthetics. A fictional dialogue between the two of them might suggest a model of psychology of art and perception, in which Warburg´s temporal macroscale of historical events is connected to microscale of mental events studied by Arnheim.
Ladislav Kesner is associate professor at Department of Art History, Masaryk University Brno and a free-lance curator. He was a curator of Chinese art, head of Asian Art Department and deputy general director of the National Gallery in Prague. He pursued postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley and the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and was senior fellow at IFK Wien (2006) and fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2007-08).
Einladung Torgespräch – 17.6.13  (pdf)