museum global?

Variétés - Le Surréalisme en 1929, 1929, (known as the Surrealist map of the world), prints, illustrated books, photomechanical reproduction, letterpress

Multiple Perspectives on Art, 1904-1950

Since the late 1990s, there has been a growing interest in the notion of Western Modernism reviewed from a global perspective, questioning a term, which is traditionally attributed to the art movements developed in Paris, Vienna and later New York in the twentieth century. Within the framework of the project museum global the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, a museum with a strong focus on art of this period and type, takes a critical look at the construct of Western Modernism and challenges established narratives. The project is scheduled to run for three years (2015 – 2017) and is supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. A first highlight of the project museum global is the international conference (January 20 to 22, 2016), which deals with the determining role of nation states, colonization and new communication technologies in the formation of cultural concepts and art historiography.

The conference museum global? Multiple Perspectives on Art, 1904–1950 brings together contributions discussing questions about the emergence of artistic practices in exchange and/or in confrontation with Western Modernism in places outside Europe or North America. The studies focus on transfer processes between cultural entities and on changing forms of art production – investigating the repercussions of and reciprocal cultural entanglements in the construction of Western Modernism and at the same time highlighting the art worlds of countries outside Europe and North America. Mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, which led to the Western art canon and in turn caused artistic reactions, become visible. The conference aims to challenge the different concepts of modernism established by regions and cultures and discusses them in a global context with the possible result that the widespread notion of Western Modernism as an allegedly genuine European theme can be deconstructed.

The project museum global is envisaged as a collaborative enterprise between the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context of Heidelberg University and will lead to an exhibition in 2017, which aims to present the artworks of the collection of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, in a global context.



Multiple Perspektiven auf Kunst, 1904–1950 
Multiple Perspectives on Art, 1904–1950

January 20 - 22, 2016

The conference was streamed live via youtube.
After a short period of editing, we will publish the recordings on this site again.

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Team "Museum Global"


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