CONF: The Formation and Development of New Markets (London, 30-31 May 19)

Royal Academy London and School of the Arts, Kingston University, May 30- 31, 2019. Registration deadline: May 28, 2019.

Tools for the Future: The Formation and Development of New Markets

As the art market in Europe has developed, there have been many instances where new areas of collecting have emerged onto the market, very often reaching record-breaking prices. This workshop focuses on examples of this type of new market, whether in the primary or secondary sector, the aim being to analyse and understand the mechanisms by which a particular ‘product’ enters the market, gains authority and thus becomes collectable. In studying the evolution of these markets, the complex relationships between the different agents interacting with each other to create, support and sustain the taste or fashion for these works provide evidence of how art markets function, whether today or in the past. Papers examine the processes by which new markets are validated and question whether this is a necessary part of acceptance and stability, or whether in the contemporary art market, this is no longer necessary; another question that links past and present markets is the question of investment and whether it a factor in creating new markets. Underpinning many of these questions lies the issue of information and how important is accessibility to that information in the market.



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CFP: Photographic circulations in the 19th and 20th centuries (Paris, 19-20 Mar 20)

Jeu de Paume Museum, March 19 – 20, 2020
Deadline: Jun 15, 2019

The Silver Atlantic. Photographic circulations in the 19th and 20th centuries
International Symposium

A symposium organized by the Theory and History of Modern Arts and Literatures Center (THALIM), the Cultural History of Contemporary Societies Center (CHCSC), the Languages Arts and Music Synergies Center (SLAM) and the Jeu de Paume Museum, in conjunction with the National Research Agency project Transatlantic Cultures.

Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris, March 19-20, 2020

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CONF: What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe, 26-28 June, Berlin

On the occasion of its 20th birthday the MEK – Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin hosts the conference “What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe”. The conference focuses on blank spots: Which objects, narratives, methods and actors have not been paid any (or enough) attention to and are missing in our museum reflections on contemporary daily lives and societies in Europe? Numerous European collections and museums with objects of everyday life are going through processes of transformation – from historical folklore, national and sometimes ethnically oriented to contemporary, European and transculturally designed institutions. In this process, the historical collections are both a blessing and a curse: They form the basis of existence for these museum types – but the collections themselves and/or their ‘traditional’ narrative framings do not sufficiently represent current social developments or complex pasts. How can these museums adequately account for new sociopolitical contexts, especially against the background of present theoretical debates, which conceptualize things, actors, spaces and routes as closely entangled? In addition, the political “European project” is being increasingly called into question and conflicting ideas about European identity/identities and cultural heritage are being strongly communicated in many arenas. What social role do museums – and especially the (former) folklore museums – want to play in these debates of Europe in transition? How can a reinterpretation and contemporization of collections and exhibitions through (post-)migratory, queer, decolonial, fugitive, dis/abled or other marginalized lenses be established in mainstream museum work?

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CONF: Impressionism Around the World (Philadelphia, 12-14 Apr 19)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, April 12 – 14, 2019


Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Auditorium

organized by André Dombrowski (University of Pennsylvania), Kathleen Foster and Jennifer Thompson (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

How did a quintessentially French art movement like Impressionism become an international phenomenon and global success around the year 1900? Why were its attempts to condense representation so completely into the here and now, into an experiential moment, a flicker of light, and the material conditions of painting such a favorite with audiences of highly disparate nationalities, traditions, religions, political regimes, and imperial ambitions? Leading scholars explore Impressionism’s global reach at the turn of the twentieth century, focusing on the style’s infatuation with speed and commodity culture, mass travel, the telegraph, the moving image, and thus the complete re-organization of modern global time and space these innovations set in motion.

REGISTRATION for this event required (Registration is free and open to the public):

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CONF: Dynamics of Mediterranean Artistic Interaction (Valletta, 10 Apr 19)

Valletta campus, University of Malta, Malta, April 10, 2019

“Dynamics of Mediterranean Artistic Interaction in the Late Medieval and Renaissance Periods” will once again be the theme of the second edition of the international conference being organised by the University of Malta’s Department of Art and Art History to be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th April 2019 at the Auditorium of the University of Malta Valletta Campus.

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CFP: Decoding the Arts of Islam in the West 1880-1945 (Zurich, 14-15 May 20)

Museum Rietberg Zürich / Kunsthaus Zürich
Deadline: May 31, 2019

Geometry and Colour: Decoding the Arts of Islam in the West 1880–1945

Organizers: Sandra Gianfreda (Kunsthaus Zürich), Francine Giese (Universität Zürich), Ariane Varela Braga (Universität Zürich) and Axel Langer (Museum Rietberg Zürich)

Keynote Speaker: Rémi Labrusse (Université Paris Nanterre)

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CONF: Rekonstruktion des ‘Fuehrerbau-Diebstahls’ (Muenchen, 8 May 19)

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Vortragssaal Raum 242, II. OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 10, 80333 München, 08.05.2019

Kolloquium: Provenienz- und Sammlungsforschung (XI) – Die Rekonstruktion des ‚Führerbau-Diebstahls‘

Seit 2010 veranstaltet das Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI) regelmäßig Kolloquien zur Provenienz- und Sammlungsforschung. Das diesjährige Kolloquium legt den Schwerpunkt auf das Projekt “Die Rekonstruktion des ‘Führerbau-Diebstahls’ Ende April 1945 und Recherchen zum Verbleib der Objekte” am Zentralinstitut in München.


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