Art History. Thursday lectures

Lecture series of the Department of Art History

Global Perspectives on Art & Ecology

Series of talks in the winter term 2022/23

The causes of climate emergency are rooted in aesthetic perceptions and cultural habits that have not been challenged for hundreds of years. In the series of talks titled „Global Perspectives on Art and Ecology,“ art and science historians discuss how to identify such visual and cultural practices and negotiate art as an ecological transformative power. Renowned scholars such as Halyna Kohut (currently visiting research fellow at KIT), Nazar Kozak, and Oliver Hochadel will delve into ecocritical perspectives and art responses to ecological disasters.
The Power of Flowers: Сarpets, Nature and Genealogical Myths in the Eighteenth-Century Cossack Hetmanate
Halyna Kohut, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv Ukraine
Geoasthetics of the Wasteocene: Contemporary Artistic Research of Mexico City’s Lakes
Omar Olivares Sandoval, Universidad Autónoma de México
Animals on the Move. The Global Zoo in the Long Nineteenth Century
Oliver Hochadel, CSIC – Institución Milá y Fontanals (IMF), Barcelona
Kenji Yanobe's Atom Suit Project in Chornobyl: An Ecocritical and New Materialist Interpretation
Nazar Kozak, Ethnology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

The series continues in 2023.

Organized by the IKB – Institute of Art and Building History, Dr. Dr. Jesus Morcillo.
All events will be streamed via Zoom:

Institut Kunst- und Baugeschichte

The lecture series in the winter semester 2021/22


The diversity of objects and practices, of motivations and intentions, of intentions, purposes and addressees of visualization is becoming increasingly unmanageable, as is the multiplicity of its fields of application and impact - from architecture to medicine, from natural science to literature, history and art history. Paradoxically, however, the term "visualization" is usually used indiscriminately for all specific variants, moreover without taking into account the double meaning of visualization as the process and the image product of visualization.
The lecture series Topology of Visualization aims to respond to this persistent and increasing generalization and makes the diversity of visualization as an omnipresent cultural technique the object of investigation itself. The core question is: If there are many visualizations, how do we distinguish them? In four selected heterogeneous disciplinary contexts, the respective understandings, conditions and practices of visualization are addressed in order to locate specific configurations, conditions and comparative parameters that allow for the determination and naming of these different sites of action of visualization.

Organized by Erna Fiorentini.
Institute of Art and Architectural History - IKB at KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture

Online, Thursdays 18:00-19:30 h
(1 lecture and 30 min. discussion)

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Visualizing Knowledge: Formen, Forschungsresultate und Fallbeispiele / Visualizing Knowledge: Emergent Forms- Evidence from Research - Examples.
Prof. Dr. Martin Eppler
MCM-HSG Institute for Media and Communication Management
University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Visualisierung für Kultur, Kunst und Medizin / Visualization for Culture,Art and Medicine
J.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Kai Lawonn Visualization and Explorative Data Analysis Group - Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Kartographische Visualisierungen und Geschichtswissenschaft: Theoretisch-methodische Überlegungen und empirische Befunde am Beispiel der Flusskartographie im19. Jahrhundert / Cartographic Visualizations in History: Methodological Thoughts and the Example ofRiver Cartography in the 19th Century".
Dr. Nils Bennemann
Institute of History - Department of Humanities
University of Duisburg-Essen

Visualizing Climate and Climate Change. Historische und gegenwärtige Sichtbarmachungen von Wetterdaten aus bildwissenschaftlicher Sicht / Visualizing climate and climate change. Historical and current visualizations ofweatherdata from an images studies' perspective
Prof. Dr. Birgit Schneider
Professorship for Cultures of Knowledge and Media Environments
University of Potsdam

Lectures in winter semester 2019/20

Art History. Lectures on Thursday
From the screen to the monitor. Moving images in artistic contexts

The lectures take place on Thursdays at 6 p.m.
in lecture hall 9, Englerstraße 7, building 20.40 in Karlsruhe.

14 November 2019
Cultural Postproduction. Museum observations in contemporary video art.
Dr. Stefanie Stallschus (Berlin)

November 21, 2019
Moving and still images of Maria Lessing
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Edith Futscher (Vienna)

December 12, 2019
Producing together - broadcasting together. Collaboration in the video art of the 1960s and 1970s
Dr. Samantha Schramm (Stuttgart)

January 16, 2020
Hollis Framptons (nostalgia) (1971)
PD Dr. Henning Engelke (Marburg)

30 January 2020
Being Together: Performance and Collaboration in Susan Mogul's Video Works
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hanstein (Cologne)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),
Institute for Art and Architectural History, Department of Art History The series is supported by the KIT Department of Architecture.

Lectures in the summer semester 2019

Art and Law: "Original, Copy, and Forgery"
Lecture series in cooperation of the IKB (Prof. Dr. Oliver Jehle)
and the ZAR (Prof. Dr. Thomas Dreier)

06 June 2019, 7:00 p.m.
The forged "Sidereus Nuncius" Galileo - Galileis between original, facsimile and forgery
Prof. Dr. Henry KEAZOR (Heidelberg)

27 June 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Deception. Forgery and Plagiarism in the Structure of Aesthetic and Normative Expectations
PD Dr. Dr. Grischka PETR (Bonn)

04 July 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Forms of the Copy - From the Forgery to the Homage
Franziska BRINKMANN, M.A. (Karlsruhe)

11 July 2019, 19:00 hrs.
The crux with the original - a concept and its grey areas in art history and law"
Hubertus BUTIN (Berlin)

18 July 2019, 19:00
Artifact Copy
Dr. Amrei BAHR (Düsseldorf)

The lectures will take place on Thursdays at 19:00/19:30 hrs.
in lecture hall 9, Englerstraße 7, building 20.40 in Karlsruhe.

Admission free.


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),
Institute for Art and Architectural History, Department of Art History
The series is supported by the KIT Department of Architecture.

Lectures in winter semester 2018/19


Fig.: Odilon Redon: Female half figure with large flower and profile head (detail), c. 1890.

seeing thinking dreaming
French drawings from the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Drawings, with their light and fragile materials, are among the most fascinating works in art history: the artistic techniques and expressive possibilities are inexhaustible.
Drawings are the most immediate form of pictorial production; like no other art form, they create in the viewer a closeness to the imagination and the executing hand of the artist.

In France, since the 17th century, drawing has been academically demanded and practiced as the basis of every art form. Alongside painting, it developed into an independent art genre whose free forms of expression were valued by collectors and discussed in art theory.

The following lectures take place as a cooperation of the Department of Art History with the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe in the context of the 150th anniversary of art history at KIT (1868 - 2018).

November 15, 2018
Victor Hugo as a Draftsman
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Weltzien (Hanover)

November 22, 2018
The restorative gaze: Seeing and understanding drawing techniques of French masters
Prof. Dr. Irene Brückle (Stuttgart) and Rebecca Honold (Karlsruhe)

29 November 2018
Ingres, Géricault and Delacroix. Three contemporaneous forms of drawing
Prof. em. Dr. Werner Busch (Berlin)

13 December 2018
L'art des fous and the écriture automatique
Prof. Dr. Oliver Jehle (Karlsruhe)

January 10, 2019
Pastel: drawing or painting?
Prof. Dr. Carolin Meister (Karlsruhe) and Dr. Astrid Reuter (Karlsruhe)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Institute for Art and Architectural History
Department of Art History

Location: Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe(, Feuerbach Hall
in each case 19:00 o'clock

free admission

Lectures in the summer semester 2018

Of making visible and becoming visible

What is intended when something is to be made visible? How does this process work? What becomes visible in the end, and how? Does anything become visible at all? And if not, why?
The talks at IKB in the summer semester 2018 aim to reflect on these questions about the connection between intention, form and effect of visualization(s) from different disciplinary perspectives.
The focus is on the concepts, practices and cultures of illusion, simulation and deduction, and the absence of visibility.

On Making Visible and Getting Visible

What is intended, when something should be made visible? How does this process happen? What gets visible eventually, and how? Does something get visible at all? And if not, why?
The conversations at IKB in Summer Term 2018 reflect these questions about the interdependence of intention, form and agency of visualization(s) from different disciplinary vantage points.
The discussion will focus on concepts, practices and cultures of illusion, simulation, deduction and absence of visibility.

Relationship theatre: optical architectures and the matter of res extensa
Ulrike Haß (Institute for Theatre Studies, Ruhr University Bochum)

Making Invisible in the History of Scientific Visualization
Omar Nasim (Chair for the History of Science, University of Regensburg)

28.6.2018 (New date)
The Aesthetics of Obscurity: Unearthing state violence as a counter-forensic practice
Stefanos Levidis (Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths, London)

Limited vision: what dioramas show
Alexander Gall (Deutsches Museum, Munich)

"Am I in?" Visibility and invisibility in simulation and immersion
Claus Pias (Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media-ICAM, Leuphana University Lüneburg)

Institute for Art and Architectural History
Department of Art History
Prof. i.V. Dr. Dr. Erna Fiorentini

Thursdays, 18:00
Department of Architecture
Lecture Hall 9
Building 20.40
Englerstrasse 7
76131 Karlsruhe

Lectures in winter semester 2017/18

Curatorial Studies

In the lecture series Curatorial Studies, curators from various museums and institutions present their projects and activities. The series focuses on the museum as a field of work and future strategies for the development of visitor-oriented exhibitions.

How to become a curator of contemporary art in 10 steps. An instruction manual

Dr. Frank-Thorsten Moll

Director ikob Eupen (Belgium)


Prof. Dr. Barbara Welzel

Institute for Cultural Studies Essen

Seminar for Art and Art Studies,TU Dortmund

Art without Caviar. Curating in the Province

Dr. Velten Wagner

Director Museum and Cultural Officeof the city of Engen

Panel discussion on the exhibitionCézanne. Metamorphoses(28.10.2017–11.02.2018)

with Dr. Alexander Eiling (curator 19th-21st c.),Dr. Sibylle Brosi (Head of Art Education)and Florian Trott (press officer),Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Participatory museum work at the Historisches Museum Frankfurt

Dr. Angela Jannelli

Curator Historical MuseumFrankfurt on the Main

Mediation as curatorial practice

Daniela Bystron, M. A.,

Research Assistant,National Museums in Berlin, HamburgerBahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art


Institute for the History of Art and Architecture

Department of Art History

Prof. Dr. Oliver Jehle

Dr. Alice Anna Klaassen

Thursdays, 18:00

Department of Architecture

Lecture Hall 9

Building 20.40

Englerstrasse 7

76131 Karlsruhe

Lectures in the summer semester 2017

Kunstgeschichte Vortragsreihe

Focus on one of the most famous incunabula: Hartmann Schedel's Liber chronicarum
PD Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Reske (Mainz)

Asianist aesthetics and transcultural translation in the work of Agnes Martin
Dr. Mona Schieren (Bremen)

The gaze of the "Good European": Harry Graf Kessler and art around 1900
Prof. Dr. Alexandre Kostka (Strasbourg)

Success or failure of the Christian image in the service of 'spiritual conquest'? The Cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the 'New World'.
Dr. Raphaéle Preisinger (Bern)

Institute History of Art and Architecture
Department of Art History
Englerstrasse 7
D-76131 Karlsruhe

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Lectures in winter semester 2016/17

"The cultivated shabbiness of the trueborn Englishman".
Francis Bacon's spatial construction and the aesthetic concept of "Englishness"
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Weltzien (Hanover)

On the Afterlife of Reliquaries: Material Negotiations of the English Reformation
Dr. Christiane Hille (Munich)

Bodies in Sheaths. On the agency of love offerings at the English court around 1600
PD Dr. Marianne Koos (Fribourg)

Art, Technology, Naturalness around 1800
Dr. Jan von Brevern (Berlin )

Allegory as a Reversal Machine.
Anthonis Van Dyck paints Lady Venetia Digby

Prof. Dr. Karin Leonhard (Constance)

John Constable's Perspective Studies
Dr. Iris Wien (Berlin)

Füßli's "Nachtmahr". A Pathos Formula and its Consequences
Prof. Dr. Werner Busch (Berlin)

Potentials of Bad Weather
English landscape painting in the 19th century

Prof. Dr. Monika Wagner (Hamburg)

"It was a Madness to have his Prints".
The Rise and Dominance of English Prints and the Role of Rembrandt
Dr. Peter Scholz (State Gallery, Stuttgart)

Institute of Art and Architectural History
Department of Art History
Englerstrasse 7
D-76131 Karlsruhe

Website of the Department of Art History