Conf/CfP - Museum Global? Multiple Perspectives on Art, 1904–1950, 21–22 January 2016, Germany

Publish Date: Sep 07, 2015

Deadline: Sep 27, 2015

Event Dates: from Jan 21, 2016 12:00 to Jan 22, 2016 12:00

Currently, profound societal upheavals require a repositioning of the concept of "ModernArt." As a museum, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is responding to the effectsof globalization and digitalization by devoting itself to the pressing theme of "globalism"and the challenges associated with it.With the project "museum global?" (2015–2017), the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen interrogates the grand narratives of Western modernism and its underlyingcanon. Through a research project conferences followed by exhibitions, and with a pointof departure in our own collection, strongly grounded in the epoch of classicalmodernism, and hence in the art of Europe and North America, "museum global?"focuses on the period between 1904 and 1950. The oldest works in the KunstsammlungNordrhein-Westfalen date from the early 20th century. A historical prelude is supplied byHenri Matisse's small format painting Le goûter (Le golfe de Saint-Tropez) (1904). Thecollection's core is formed by an ensemble of works by Paul Klee, an artist who wasdefamed as "degenerate" by the National Socialists and dismissed in 1933 from histeaching position at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. In 1961, the acquisition of the Kleecollection by the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a move intended as a kind ofpolitical atonement, led to the museum's foundation as a public institution.
The aim of the research project "museum global?" is from a contemporary perspective acritical interrogation of our own collection and the re-illumination of its history withreference to the period from 1904 to 1950. In search of diverse voices and for othernarratives of modernity exemplary artworks from non-European regions become evidentand will be analyzed, along with their contexts of production, with the intention ofcontributing to a revision of earlier perspectives. Special attention is devoted to thecontinuous transformation and development of the use of language and of terms such as"international," "global," "universal," "cosmopolitan," and "worldwide," and of "classicalmodernism,” “rural modernism," "local modernism," or “Tropical modernism” and their  changing meanings. The project will culminate in autumn of 2017 in a concludingexhibition that will simultaneously present the collection from a newly-won perspectivewhile showcasing exemplary positions and phenomena from the focus period of 1904–1950.A preparatory, academic conference will be held on January 21–22, 2016 at theKunstsammlung (in German and English with simultaneous translation). This event isdesigned to bring together scholars who concentrate on regional phenomena and artisticand intellectual tendencies that are situated beyond, parallel, or in opposition to the so-called "modern" art scene in central Europe and North America. The introductory panelwill be devoted to a revision of the modernist canon and its historiography. The mainemphasis of the conference will be selected case studies that exemplify internationalexchanges via artists and artworks during the above-named time period.
We are hereby issuing an invitation to potential participants to give 30 minute talks basedon research related to the following aspects:- Questioning the narrative of modernist art history, in particular of Paris as a
center of artistic activity during the first half of the 20th century;
- attempts to open up perspectives onto contemporanean artistic phenomena worldwide;
- examinations of hitherto little-discussed artistic practices and local art historiography worldwide;
 - considerations of local artists and artist's groups situated beyond the art scenes of Europe and North America;
 - transcontinental artistic networks and collaborations;
 - influential intellectual tendencies, ideas, discoveries, concepts, and fashions that interconnect different regions;
 - art world protagonists and intermediators that have shaped dialogue and networks worldwide, thereby mediating between cultures and regions;
- current theoretical positions that, aware of the results of postcolonial studies,reflect critically on concepts such as "exoticism," "primitivism," or"Orientalism";
 - considerations of the relevant political, societal, and historical conditions,including specific historical examples, i.e. concerning mobility and travel ofartists during the period as well as of trade routes and the circumstances of eile;
- interdisciplinary examinations of intersections between the visual and appliedarts, literature/poetry, music, theater, dance, photography, and film.Please submit abstracts of your contribution (300–500 words, in German or English) anda brief biography by September 27, 2015 to Travelcosts for lecturers will be covered by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Honorariawill be offered as well.Given the large number of thematic foci for the period, for which research efforts havebarely begun in the global context, this conference attempts explicitly to stimulateexchanges between scholars. For this purpose, and on our initiative, the research interest"global modern art museum" has been set up at, and will hopefully serveas a common platform.Please signal your interest in conference participation at in October of 2015, you will receive information concerning the conferenceprogram.This research project of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – in whose frameworkthe conference is being organized – is sponsored by the Kulturstiftung desBundes/German Federal Cultural Foundation.KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALENK20 GRABBEPLATZ
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