Kategorie: Bilderfahrzeuge

Das Projekt „Bilderfahrzeuge – Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology“ widmet sich der Erforschung der Wanderung von Bildern, Objekte, Waren und Texten, kurz gesagt der Wanderung von Ideen in einem breiten historischen und geografischen Kontext. Das Projekt wird gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung und von der Max Weber Stiftung in Kooperation ausgeführt. Arbeitsschwerpunkt ist das Warburg Institute in London, weitere Mitglieder des Forschungsverbunds sind das Deutsche Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris, die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, das Kunsthistorische Institut in Florenz und das Warburg Haus der Universität Hamburg.

Portrait-Images of Maharajas of Marwar in Garden Landscapes

A row of trees, colourful and seasonal flowers, and a flock of ducks gliding by on a lake beyond the trees can be said to function as agents of emotion enhancing the figure of the Maharaja of Marwar seated on a terrace.
How do illustrations with historic Maharajas shown in luxurious, green landscapes express emotions, and where do these lie? Does their expression in the form of bountiful nature visualised in the image produce “felt” emotions in the viewer?

Annual Bilderfahrzeuge Conference 2023: “Disincarnate: Art Histories of Nationhood Past, Present, and Future” 

Thursday 9th & Friday 10th March 2023
Woburn Suite, Senate House, University of London

A programme will be published shortly. Registration opens 25 January 2023 via the Warburg Institute Events pages.


Organised by the members of the sub group Art & Nationhood, Andreas Beyer (Basel), Alexandra Marraccini (London), C. Oliver O’Donnell (London) and Judith Rottenburg (Berlin).

WWith further contributions by Indie Choudhury (Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Jennifer Chuong (Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.), Ambra D’Antone (Bilderfahrzeuge, London), Will Jennings (UCL Bartlett School, London), Fred Scharmen (Morgan State University, Baltimore), Hannah Spahn (FU Berlin), Elvan Zabunyan (Université de Rennes), Martin Zimmermann (LMU, München) and keynote by Tim Barringer (Yale University, New Haven, Conn.).

New Event: Amerindian Art Histories and Archaeologies: A KHI – UCL Symposium on Material Transformations in the Indigenous Americas

Please see below for details of a new Symposium, co-organised by our Bilderfahrzeuge colleague Sanja Savkic Sebek.

01 – 22 February 2023

In the framework of Department Gerhard Wolf and the “4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics” (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut), in collaboration with UCL Institute of Archaeology.
Organized by Sanja Savkic Sebek (KHI in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Bat-ami Artzi (CSoC, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; former 4A_Lab Fellow) & Elizabeth Baquedano (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

(Photo)graphic ethos formula: Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Panel 72

During  the course of the exhibition “Bilderatlas Mnemosyne – Das Original” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin questions, arose not only about the content, but also about the mediality and materiality of the atlas. The problematic concept of the original threatens to create a new cult of genius around Aby Warburg. But perhaps, considering that tattoos of his face are already traveling across the world, perhaps this has already happened. Beyond that, however, the term “original” is in danger of developing a new aura, that now even encompasses the selected reproductions of the master. One can only imagine what Walter Benjamin would say.

News: “Language and Chinese Art History”

We are pleased to congratulate Mingyuan Hu, whose article “Language and Chinese Art History” has won the 2022 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) prize for the best scholarly article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art. Read the judges’ comments in full on the website of the AAANZ

Johann Gottfried Schadow. Embracing Forms

Entering the exhibition about the German Neo-Classical sculptor Gottfried Schadow (1764 – 1850) at the Berlin Nationalgalerie, a visitor may expect to find at its centre the famous group of the two Prussian Princesses Luise and Friederike (1796 – 1797). Today this is Schadow’s best known work, save, one might argue, the Quadriga on top of the Brandenburg Gate, the reception of which, however, often dissolves into that of the monument it crowns. 

Event: Bridging Boundaries. Iran: Kunst, Politik und Kooperationen.

Die derzeitigen Proteste und Revolutionsbestrebungen in Iran, angeführt durch eine junge Generation, die für Freiheit und Menschenrechte einsteht, erfordern universelle Aufmerksamkeit. Die Freiheit der iranischen Bevölkerung sollte nicht nur aufgrund geopolitischer und wirtschaftlicher Interessen von globaler Bewandtnis sein, sondern vor allem auch aus humanistischer Sicht verfolgt werden, um auf die Umsetzung universeller Menschenrechte, Entscheidung- und Meinungsfreiheit sowie das Recht am eigenen Körper hinzuarbeiten.

Bilderfahrzeuge Conference: “Mobile Memories”

Annual Conference of the International Research Project »Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology«

10 – 11 November 2022

Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Louisenstraße 56, Festsaal.

Organised by Dipanwita Donde, Anita Hosseini, Sanja Savkic-Sebek, Gerhard Wolf and Ning Yao.

New Exhibition: “Füssli, the Realm of Dreams and the Fantastic” at Musée Jacquemart-André

16 September 2022 – 23 January 2023
Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris


In autumn 2022, the Musée Jacquemart-André will hold an exhibition devoted to the oeuvre of the Swiss-born British painter, Henry Fuseli (Johann Heinrich Füssli, 1741–1825). Comprising sixty works from public and private collections, the itinerary will present the most emblematic of works by Füssli, the artist of the imaginary and the sublime. From Shakespearean themes to representations of dreams, nightmares, and apparitions, and mythological and Biblical illustrations, Füssli forged a new aesthetic that shifted between reality and the fantastic.


Aby Warburgs Bilderkosmos. “Eine Art Weltkrieg” von Anselm Franke und Erhard Schüttpelz

Der unscheinbar daherkommende Band Eine Art Weltkrieg von Anselm Franke und Erhard Schüttpelz (Spector Books 2021) unternimmt den Versuch, den „meistgelesene[n] Text Warburgs und der Kunstgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts“ (S. 14), namentlich Aby Warburgs sogenanntes Schlangenritual, und die sich seither um diese Ausführungen rankenden – oder sollte man sagen: schlängelnden? – Diskurse wie Bilddiskkurse neu einzuordnen.

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