Applied Arts in British Exile from 1933

Changing Visual and Material Culture

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Edited by Marian Malet, Rachel Dickson, Sarah MacDougall and Anna Nyburg

Yearbook Volume 19 continues an investigation which began with Arts in Exile in Britain 1933-45 (Volume 6, 2004). Twelve chapters, ten in English and two in German, address and analyse the significant contribution of émigrés across the applied arts, embracing mainstream practices such as photography, architecture, advertising, graphics, printing, textiles and illustration, alongside less well known fields of animation, typography and puppetry. New research adds to narratives surrounding familiar émigré names such as Oskar Kokoschka and Wolf Suschitzky, while revealing previously hidden contributions from lesser known practitioners. Overall, the volume provides a valuable addition to the understanding of the applied arts in Britain from the 1930s onwards, particularly highlighting difficulties faced by refugees attempting to continue fractured careers in a new homeland.

Contributors are: Rachel Dickson, Burcu Dogramaci, Deirdre Fernand, Fran Lloyd, David Low, John March, Sarah MacDougall, Anna Nyburg, Pauline Paucker, Ines Schlenker, Wilfried Weinke, and Julia Winckler.

Das Buch als Entwurf

Textgattungen in der Geschichte der Architekturtheorie. Ein Handbuch

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Edited by Dietrich Erben

In achtzehn Studien beschreiben die VerfasserInnen die Art des Redens sowie die Formen der bildlichen Mitteilungen über die Architektur und analysieren so die kommunikativen Bedingungen der Architekturtheorie. Erstmals werden in einem historischen Überblick von der Renaissance bis zur Gegenwart die verschiedenen Textgattungen wie Traktat, Dialog, Kommentar, Essay, Antikenpublikation, Ausstellungskatalog oder Architekturzeitschrift in ihrer Bedeutung als „Verträge“ zwischen den Autoren und dem Publikum in unterschiedlichen Gesellschaftskontexten systematisch untersucht.
Bei der Wahl einer bestimmten Textgattung handelt es sich nicht nur um eine wesentliche Entwurfsentscheidung von Seiten des Autors. In ihr bilden sich sowohl Traditionsbindungen als auch Innovationsschübe in der Architekturtheorie ab. Damit fungieren Textgattungen in der Architekturtheorie selbst als Agenten der Wissensproduktion, sie zeigen die kontinuierliche Weiterentwicklung und die Anpassung der Theorie an jeweils aktuelle Erfordernisse des Bauens an. Textgattungen befördern die Modernisierung der Architekturtheorie – dieser zentralen These widmet sich das vorliegende Handbuch.

Bayern, München

100 Jahre Freistaat. Eine Raumverfälschung

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Edited by Stephan Trüby, Verena Hartbaum, University of Looking Good and c/o now

Im Jahr 2018 feierte Bayern das hundertjährige Bestehen seines Freistaats; Zeit, sich an die Münchner Räterepublik und die sozialistischen Ursprünge dieses Landes zu erinnern; Zeit, die konservativen wie auch die emanzipatorischen Momente des Freistaates zu rekapitulieren; Zeit auch, die Raum- und Architekturproduktion Bayerns und seiner Hauptstadt München genauer unter die Lupe zu nehmen.

Bayern, München untersucht anlässlich des hundertjährigen Bestehen des Freistaats das Städtische im Ländlichen sowie das Ländliche im Städtischen – und entfaltet ein kulturgeschichtliches Panorama, das die Höhen und Tiefen des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts, das „Zeitalter der Extreme“ (Eric Hobsbawm), aus weiß-blauer Perspektive nachvollziehbar macht. Als Grand Tour durch die „Vorstufe zum Paradies“ (Horst Seehofer) aufgebaut, rücken auch vermeintlich abseitige Orte wie Dingolfing, Ingolstadt, Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz oder Schweinfurt in den Blick, ebenso die „Pyramiden Bayerns“, nämlich die Architekturen des Rhein-Main-Donau-Kanals. Spekulative Projekte, die an der „University of Looking Good“ und bei c/o now entstanden, betreiben „Raumverfälschungen“ (Gustav Landauer) gegen bayerische „Dahoamigkeiten“ – und Künstler und Freistaat-Experten wie Stephan Dillemuth, Thomas Meinecke, Michaela Mélian, Andreas Neumeister, Christopher Roth oder Hito Steyerl gewähren Einblicke in ein Bayern, München, die nicht zuletzt aktuelle Themen wie Rechtspopulismus und Separatismus um prononcierte Diskussionsbeiträge bereichern.

Pirro Ligorio’s Worlds

Antiquarianism, Classical Erudition and the Visual Arts in the Late Renaissance

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Edited by Fernando Loffredo and Ginette Vagenheim

Pirro Ligorio’s Worlds brings renowned Ligorio specialists into conversation with emerging young scholars, on various aspects of the artistic, antiquarian and intellectual production of one of the most fascinating and learned antiquaries in the prestigious entourage of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. The book takes a more nuanced approach to the complex topic of Ligorio’s ‘forgeries’, investigating them in relation to previously neglected aspects of his life and work.

A Companion to Medieval Toledo

Reconsidering the Canons

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Edited by Yasmine Beale-Rivaya and Jason Busic

A Companion to Medieval Toledo. Reconsidering the Canons explores the limits of “Convivencia” through new and problematized readings of material familiar to specialists and offers a thoughtful initiation for the non-specialist into the historical, cultural, and religious complexity of the iconic city of Toledo. The volume seeks to understand the history and cultural heritage of the city as a result of fluctuating coexistence. Divided into three themed sections,- the essays consider additional material, new transcriptions, and perspectives that contribute to more nuanced understandings of traditional texts or events. The volume places this cultural history and these new readings into current scholarly debates and invites its readers to do the same.

Forts, Castles and Society in West Africa

Gold Coast and Dahomey, 1450-1960

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Edited by John Kwadwo Osei-Tutu

Long regarded as disturbing remnants of the Atlantic slave trade, the European forts and castles of West Africa have attained iconic positions as universally significant historical monuments and world heritage tourist destinations. This volume of original contributions by leading Africanists presents extensive new historical views of the forts in Ghana and Benin, providing both impetus and a scholarly basis for further research and fresh debate about their historical and geographical contexts; their role in the slave trade; the economic and political connections, centred on the forts, between the Europeans and local African polities; and their place in variously focused heritage studies and endeavours.

Contributors are Hermann W. von Hesse, Daniel Hopkins, Jon Olav Hove, Ole Justesen, Ineke van Kessel, Robin Law, John Kwadwo Osei-Tutu, Jarle Simensen, Selena Axelrod Winsnes†, Larry Yarak.

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Edited by Karl A.E. Enenkel and Konrad Adriaan Ottenheym

This volume explores the various strategies by which appropriate pasts were construed in scholarship, literature, art, and architecture in order to create “national”, regional, or local identities in late medieval and early modern Europe. Because authority was based on lineage, political and territorial claims were underpinned by historical arguments, either true or otherwise. Literature, scholarship, art, and architecture were pivotal media that were used to give evidence of the impressive old lineage of states, regions, or families. These claims were related not only to classical antiquity but also to other periods that were regarded as antiquities, such as the Middle Ages, especially the chivalric age. The authors of this volume analyse these intriguing early modern constructions of “antiquity” and investigate the ways in which they were applied in political, intellectual and artistic contexts in the period of 1400–1700.

Contributors include: Barbara Arciszewska, Bianca De Divitiis, Karl Enenkel, Hubertus Günther, Thomas Haye, Harald Hendrix, Stephan Hoppe, Marc Laureys, Frédérique Lemerle, Coen Maas, Anne-Françoise Morel, Kristoffer Neville, Konrad Ottenheym, Yves Pauwels, Christian Peters, Christoph Pieper, David Rijser, Bernd Roling, Nuno Senos, Paul Smith, Pieter Vlaardingerbroek, and Matthew Walker.

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Angelica Groom

The book examines the roles that rare and exotic animals played in the cultural self-fashioning and the political imaging of the Medici court during the family’s reign, first as Dukes of Florence (1532-1569) and subsequently as Grand Dukes of Tuscany (1569-1737). The book opens with an examination of global practices in zoological collecting and cultural uses of animals. The Medici’s activities as collectors of exotic species, the menageries they established and their deployment of animals in the ceremonial life of the court and in their art are examined in relation to this wider global perspective. The book seeks to nuance the myth promoted by the Medici themselves that theirs was the most successful princely serraglio in early modern Europe.  

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Edited by Isabelle Roussel-Gillet and Évelyne Thoizet

Dirigé par Roussel-Gillet et Evelyne Thoizet, La miniature, dispositif artistique et modèle épistémologique s’interroge sur les nouvelles fonctions de la miniature à la croisée des arts, de l’architecture, de la littérature, des sciences et des techniques, depuis le début des années 1960. Ludique, cognitive, didactique, la miniature permet d’abord d’approcher, de comprendre et de dominer la complexité du réel (maquette, modèle réduit, maison de poupée, diorama, aquarium, etc.) mais elle constitue aussi une œuvre d’art à part entière qui change notre rapport au monde et modifie notre regard. Contrairement au fragment et au détail, souvent étudiés, elle représente l’objet dans sa totalité en changeant d’échelle, et ouvre la connaissance et l’imagination à de nouveaux mondes.

Co-edited by Isabelle Roussel-Gillet and Evelyne Thoizet, La miniature, dispositif artistique et modèle épistémologique focuses on the new functions of the miniature at the crossroads of visual arts, architecture, literature, technology and sciences since the early 1960s. Playful, cognitive or didactic, the miniature (as model, dollhouse, aquarium, diorama…) allows us to approach, understand and perhaps dominate a complex reality. Many contemporary artists consider the miniature as a fully-fledged work of art which changes our relationships with the world and modifies our perception. Contrary to the often-studied detail, ornament or fragment, the miniature provides a complete vision of the depicted object in a different scale, and opens knowledge and imagination to new worlds.

Ambrogio Leone's De Nola, Venice 1514

Humanism and Antiquarian Culture in Renaissance Southern Italy

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Edited by Bianca de Divitiis, Fulvio Lenzo and Lorenzo Miletti

This volume offers the first comprehensive study of the De Nola (Venice 1514), a hitherto underappreciated Latin text written by the Nolan humanist and physician Ambrogio Leone. Furnished with four pioneering engravings made with the help of the Venetian artist Girolamo Mocetto, the De Nola is an impressively rich and multifaceted text, which contains an antiquarian (and celebratory) study of the city of Nola in the Kingdom of Naples. By describing antiquities, inscriptions, and buildings, as well as social and religious phenomena, the De Nola offers a precious window into a southern Italian Renaissance city, and constitutes a refined example of sixteenth-century antiquarianism. The work is analysed in a multidisciplinary approach, encompassing art and architectural history, antiquarianism, literature, social history, and anthropology.