CONF: Wilhelm von Bode and the Art Market (Bern, 8-9 Nov 18)

University of Bern
Institute for Art History, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art History
Hallerstrasse 6, Room 205
November 8 – 09, 2018

International Conference

Wilhelm von Bode and the Art Market


Thursday, 8 November 2018

Welcome and Introduction
Joanna Smalcerz, University of Bern

Session I: Bode and the Italian Art Market
Chair: Tabea Schindler, University of Bern

Patrizia Cappellini, Università degli Studi di Udine
‘Affari importanti’, ‘piccole cose’ and More. Wilhelm von Bode and the Art Market in Florence… Beyond Bardini

Michela Zurla, Complesso Museale Palazzo Ducale di Mantova
Wilhelm von Bode and the Italian Art Market: The Case of Genoa

16.30 Discussion

16.45 Coffee break

Session II: Bode the Tastemaker
Chair: Daniela C. Maier, University of Bern

Neville Rowley, Gemäldegalerie and Bode Museum, Staatliche Museen Berlin
‘Interessa a prezzo moderato’: Bode Buys Donatello

Esmée Quodbach, Center for the History of Collecting, The Frick Collection, New York
Wilhelm von Bode and Johannes Vermeer: Creating a Taste and a Market

Peter H. Fox, Tulane University, New Orleans
Wilhelm von Bode and the Renaissance of German Design

18.45 Discussion

20.00 Dinner

Friday, 9 November 2018

Session III: Bode’s Social Network in the Art Market
Chair: Nikola Doll, Kunstmuseum Bern

Paul Tucker, University of Florence
‘The Right Man in the Right Place’: Wilhelm Bode and Charles Fairfax Murray

Meike Hopp, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München / Technische Universität Berlin
Bode and Böhler: The Controversial Relationship Between a Museum Director and an Art Dealer

Catherine Scallen, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Wilhelm von Bode and Charles Sedelmeyer in 1882-1883: The Start of a Fateful Relationship

Petra Winter, Zentralarchiv der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin
‘The Prices Were Completely Crazy.’ – W. Bode’s and W.R. Valentiner’s Activities at the American Art Market Between 1908-1914

12.00 Discussion

12.15 Lunch

Session IV: Bode as a Bad Actor in the Marketplace
Chair: Joanna Smalcerz, University of Bern

14.00 Lynn Catterson, Columbia University, New York
Duped or Duplicitous? Bode & Bardini’s Madonna della Rosa

14.30 Sebastian Dohe, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
Malve Anna Falk, Independent Art Historian
Wilhelm von Bode and the Rise and Fall of the Grand Ducal Gallery of Oldenburg

15.00 Discussion

15.15 Coffee break

15.45 Final discussion

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CFP: Wilhelm von Bode and the Art Market (Bern, 8-9 Nov 18)

Department of Modern and Contemporary Art History Institute for Art History
University of Bern
08. – 09. November 2018

Deadline: Jul 31, 2018

Wilhelm von Bode and the Art Market

Wilhelm von Bode (1845-1929) belongs categorically to the group of the most influential actors in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century art market. Despite the fact that Bode’s international agency has long been recognized, it has not sustained a focused attention. Certain aspects have received due scrutiny, for instance the acquisitions for the Royal Museums in Berlin, as well as Bode’s complex relations to particular art dealers and private collectors. To completely understand Bode’s agency within the art marketplace, however, a more detailed and de-mystifying analysis is required. Thus, the aim of the conference is to dedicate exclusive attention to Bode’s involvement in the art trade and his multi-faceted role in the art marketplace of his time. Bode navigated the international art market by adopting different, often contradictory identities: he was an expert, a connoisseur and an advisor, but also a strategic buyer and a ruthless competitor. How did these roles intertwine? Where and when was he an innovator, a precursor, a pioneer or a rule-breaker? Continue reading “CFP: Wilhelm von Bode and the Art Market (Bern, 8-9 Nov 18)”