17. 1. 2019, 17.00 pm, opening event: around 1800. Exhibiting Art as Research

Venue: Warburg-Haus, Heilwigstraße 116, 20249 Hamburg

We would like to cordially invite you to the opening event of the joint research project “around 1800: Exhibiting Art as Research” of the Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar at Universität Hamburg, the Chair of Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and the Hamburger Kunsthalle on Thursday, 17 January 2019 at Warburg-Haus.

The project is dedicated to the nine-part exhibition series with the programmatic title “Art around 1800”, which was realized from 1974 to 1981 at the Hamburger Kunsthalle under the direction of Werner Hofmann. This undertaking to visualize and write a different history of European modernism was simultaneously a research project, an exhibition experiment, a celebration of the visual arts, a political statement – and determined the debates about research in art museums for decades. The cycle also shaped the practice of exhibition making in a paradigmatic way before the concept of curating established itself.

To date, there has been a lack of discussion of the museum and scientific processes of “Art around 1800” in art history and Bildwissenschaften, as well as of current research and projects on the history of the art exhibition. Especially in English-speaking countries, exhibition series and catalogues are largely unknown: The Hamburg cycle became a desideratum after 1990, of all things with the advent of Curatorial Studies. With the beginning of the double anniversary year 2019 – 100 years of the University of Hamburg and 150 years of the Hamburger Kunsthalle – we would therefore like to engage in detail and from a critical angle with the exhibition as scientific practice and in particular with the methodology of “Art around 1800”. In addition, in the summer semester of 2019 the research group will organize a lecture series at the Universität Hamburg and an international conference at the Hamburger Kunsthalle from November 14 to 16, 2019.



17.00 pm

Christoph Vogtherr, Hamburger Kunsthalle



Isabelle Lindermann, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Universität Hamburg



17.15 pm

Petra Lange-Berndt, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Universität Hamburg

„Die Musealisierung entmündigt die Kunst“

Von den Prozessen kuratorischer Forschung


17.45 pm

Dietmar Rübel, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich

In 1800, um 1800 und um 1800 herum

Ein- und Ausgänge aus der Moderne




18.30 pm

Charlotte Klonk, Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Zeitgenosse oder Wegbereiter der Moderne?

Die Turner-Rezeption in Deutschland und England in den 1970er Jahren


Drinks reception


Organised by Prof. Dr. Petra Lange-Berndt, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Universität Hamburg & Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rübel, Lehrstuhl für Kunstgeschichte an der Akademie der Künste Munich

Please contact isabelle.lindermann@uni-hamburg.de in order to register

With generous support of the Liebelt Stiftung, Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Universität Hamburg

Image: Suzanne Treister, MI3 (Machine Intelligence 3): William Blake, Jerusalem (ca. 1800–1820), 2018, (c) the artist