14.-16. 1. 2019, conference: around 1800. Exhibiting Art as Research

Venue: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Werner-Otto-Saal, Glockengießerwall 5, 20095 Hamburg

The conference is dedicated to the exhibition series Kunst um 1800 (Art around 1800) realized at the Hamburger Kunsthalle from 1974 to 1981. This nine-part undertaking by the then director Werner Hofmann to visualise and write a different history of European Modernism was at the same time a research project, exhibition experiment, celebration of the visual arts, political statement – and has shaped the debates about scientific work in art museums in the German-speaking world for decades. The cycle also had a decisive influence on the practice of making exhibitions before the concept of curating became established. We would like to take a critical approach to this research-based and curatorial practice and in particular discuss central questions, concepts, concrete stagings and publications of Kunst um 1800 in relation to the history of art exhibitions.

around 1800. Exhibiting Art as Research is a joint research project of the Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar at the Universität Hamburg, the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and the Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Organised by Petra Lange-Berndt, Isabelle Lindermann and Dietmar Rübel





With generous support of the Liebelt Stiftung, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, and Hamburger Kunsthalle