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Arts criticism: cross-perspectives between France, the FRG and the GDR in the 1960-1980’s

La critique d'arts : regards croisés entre la France, la RFA et la RDA dans les années 1960-1980

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Published on Friday, January 06, 2017 by João Fernandes

Summary

This colloquium is devoted to arts criticism through an interdisciplinary approach in a transnational perspective between France, the FRG and the GDR in the 1960-1980's. This is about a question of German critical reception of French art and vice versa, and of a differentiation of this reception according to several artistic fields. 

Announcement

International colloquium
  • Berlin, Centre Marc Bloch, June 16-17, 2017
  • Paris, the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA), September 26-27, 2017

Argument

The book Perspectives croisées. La critique d’art franco-allemande 1870-1945 published in 2009 focuses on imbalance in the Franco-German artistic relationship to the detriment of Germany. France and Germany are both together in a complex relationship, full of rivalry in every aspect. What about the situation in the period between the 1960s and the 1980’s? How would this imbalance continue and how could it be modulated through a tripartite relationship between France, the FRG and the GDR? During the immediate postwar period was the artistic scene in occupied Germany dominated by the French cultural policy: what about the following years?

The Franco-German relations continued to evolve in the establishment of two German states ideologically and culturally opposed, during the Cold War. Consequently, East Germany had limited diplomatic relations with West Germany and France until 1973. Then, what is the role of art criticism in these cultural relations?

This colloquium is devoted to arts criticism through an interdisciplinary approach, including fine arts, as well as decorative arts, cinema, photography, architecture, literature, theatre or dance. If the idea of a French-German imbalance in critical reception mainly concerns first and foremost fine arts, this approach should be tempered by other disciplines. For instance, the French admired German theatre and music for centuries. Thus, on one hand, this is about a question of German critical reception of French art and vice versa, and of a differentiation of this reception according to several artistic fields.

This proliferation of critics will lead to a comparison between the three states and an examination of the place of interdisciplinary in the Franco-German relationship. Did the criticism favour certain disciplines in cultural transfers, but also in the heightening of ideological divergences?

Furthermore, this study must be viewed in the context of « Franco-German friendship » between France and the FRG, and the division of Europe in two blocs, symbolised by the two German states.

The place dedicated to the critics’ individual demarches and approaches in the field of arts and literature will be discussed. Leading figures like German art critics Will Grohmann or Wilhelm Hausenstein have played a crucial role in Franco-German cultural relationship. As for the French, we can also quote: Bernard Lamarche-Vadel, Michel Ragon, Pierre Restany or Michel Tapié. The latter were linked to gallerists, they wrote for reviews and introduced German artists in France and French artists in Germany.

In the end, it will finally be possible to take distance from the notion of cultural transfer and adopt a comparative approach about the practice itself of art criticism in France, the FRG and the GDR.

Main themes

Submissions that develop applications of these broad themes are especially welcome:

  • The place of criticism in the Franco-German rapprochement
  • The dissemination of ideas between France, the FRG and the GDR
  • The development of criticism in each discipline in the 1960-1980’s
  • Similarities and divergences in the arts criticism of the three states
  • Critical dialogues between France and the FRG, between the two German states
  • Relevance and limits of an interdisciplinary comparison applied to criticism

Submission of papers

We invite confirmed researchers and young researchers to submit their abstracts of 300-400 words with a title and some keywords to colloque.critique2017@gmail.com no later than January 29, 2017.

Please include a short biography (30-50 words), as well as your current institutional affiliation and contact information for consideration.

The contributions can be submitted in French, German or English.

Conference presentations are 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. In addition, it will take place either in Paris or in Berlin, regarding the topics retained. A publication is planned.

Organizing Committee

  • Axelle Fariat (PhD, University of Strasbourg)
  • Morgane Walter (PhD Student, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne ; Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin).

Scientific Committee

  • Florence Baillet (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle – CEREG)
  • Philippe Dagen (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – HiCSA)
  • Axelle Fariat (Université de Strasbourg – ACCRA)
  • Marie Gispert (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – HiCSA)
  • Sibylle Goepper (Université Lyon 3 Jean Moulin – IETT)
  • Richard Leeman (Université Bordeaux Montaigne – CLARE)
  • Caroline Moine (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – CHCSC)
  • Dorothea Schöne (Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin)
  • Morgane Walter (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin)
  • Dorothee Wimmer (Technische Universität, Berlin)

Places

  • Centre Marc Bloch, Salle Germaine Tillion - Friedrichstrasse 91
    Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany (10117)
  • Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art - 2 rue Vivienne
    Paris, France (75002)

Date(s)

  • Monday, January 30, 2017

Keywords

  • critique, interdisciplinarité, beaux-arts, cinéma, littérature, architecture, photographie, théâtre, danse, culture, relations franco-allemandes, théorie critique, France, Allemagne, RFA, RDA, politique, mur de Berlin, Guerre Froide

Contact(s)

  • Morgane Walter
    courriel : morgane_walter [at] hotmail [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Morgane Walter
    courriel : morgane_walter [at] hotmail [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Arts criticism: cross-perspectives between France, the FRG and the GDR in the 1960-1980’s », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, January 06, 2017, https://calenda.org/389103

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