CONFERENCE: Marxism(s) in Art Historiography

Date(s) - 31/01/2020 - 02/02/2020

HU Hauptgebäude, Senatssaal
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CONFERENCE: Marxism(s) in Art Historiography

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Program: Program – Marxism

Friday Jan 31
2.00 p.m.         WELCOME / INTRODUCTION

2.30-3.30 p.m.     KEYNOTE 1

Krista Kodres –   Committed Writing. Making Sense of Albrecht Dürer’s Art on the Both Sides of the Berlin Wall


Milena Bartlova  – Construction of Marxist Humanism in Czech Art History

Piotr Juszkiewicz  – From Plekhanov to ·voung Marx’ and the Frankfurt School. Marxist Impulses in Polish Art History [1949-1990]

Karla Lebhaft – Parallelsand Differences in Art Theory and Marxist-Humanist Thought in Post-Stalinist Yugoslavia


7.00-9.00 p.m.         EVENING LECTURE

Horst Bredekamp –   The German Escalation: Emigration, Resistance, Division. Image Science from the Spirit of 1970


Saturday Feb 1
9.00-10.00 a.m.

Warren Carter –   Different Marxist Histories of Art Post-1968. O.K. Werckmeister and T.J. Clark

10.30 a.m.-1.00 p.m.  CONCEPTUALIZING ART

Dominic Rahtz – Marx’s 1857 ‘lntroduction’ and the Social History of Art

Boris Röhrl – Sympathy with Modern Art. Marxist Art Theory and Art History in Post-War ltaly

Antje Kempe – Working on the Past. The Reorientation of the Socialist Theory of Heritage in the 1970s

Marina Dmitrieva – In Search of Collective Consciousness. Folk Art Studies in the Soviet Union in the 1970s

2.30-5.00 p.m.

Marica Antonucci  – Towards a Historiography of ltalian Marxist Art. The Case of Renato Guttuso

Kirill Chunikhin  – Criticizing the Unseen. Soviet Marxism and American Art during the Cold War

Luiz Renato Martins – Notes on Modernisation, from the Periphery. On David Craven’s ‘Alternative Modernism’

Mathilde Arnoux – On the Shift of Relevance from Product to Method of Production.
Eugen Blume’s Engagement with Action Art in the GOR


 5.30-7.30 p.m.

BOOK PRESENTATION – Venue: Medientheater, Georgenstraße 47

Krista Kodres I Kristina Jöekalda  – A Socialist Realist History? Writing Art History in the Post-War Decades [2019]

Hilde Heynen I Sebastiaan Loosen – Marxism and Architectural  Theory  across  the  East-West  Divide. A Reflection [Special Collection in: Architectural Histories 2019]

7.30 p.m.

Reception Venue: Atrium Georgenstraße 47


Sunday Feb 2
9.00-11.00 a.m.         ENTANGLING WITH POLITICS

Stanistaw Welbel –   Marxist Art Theory as an Art History Research Method in Post-War Poland

Katarzyna Cytlak –   In Defense of Mar xism . Jose Carlos Mariategui’s Concept of Art and lts Contemporary Translations in Latin American Artistic Production, Art Theory, and Criticism

Noemi de Haro Garcia –   Marxist Infiltration, Art Criticism and Art History during Francoism
and the Transition to Democracy in Spain

11.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m.         OVERCOMING DIVISON

Agata Pietrasik –   The People’s Museum. Marxist Art History and lnstitutional Practice in Communist Poland

Nikolas Drosos –   Against the Division of Artistic Labour.
The Trope of the Synthesis of the Arts in Soviet Art Histories

Marina Gerber –   Art as Free Time in the Soviet Art Theory After 1956

2.00-3.00 p.m.



The conference is a cooperation of :
Chair for Art History of Eastern Europe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Estonian Academy of Arts Tallinn, Department Culture and Imagination
Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig

Organizers :
Katja Bernhardt (Berlin), Krista Kodres (Tallinn), Marina Dmitrieva (Leipzig), Kristina Jõekalda (Tallinn),
Antje Kempe (Greifswald), Beata Hock (Leipzig), Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė (Flensburg)