We are delighted to announce the first International Conference on Dimensions of Israeli and Jewish Art. The Conference will take place from July 1 – 3, 2013 at MutterHaus in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth.
The history of Israeli art is as young as the history of the State of Israel. The cultural development of the state and its art, however, goes back a long time and is rooted mainly in Europe. Influenced by waves of immigration and the accompanying cultural imports, the present-day definition of Israeli culture is, in a sense, “European Jewish”.
Modernism in Europe questioned how the term Jewish art was to be defined. One of the many questions that this conference will raise is to what extent the different forms in which Jewish art manifested itself can be seen as predecessors of modern and contemporary Israeli art.
Research in the fields of Jewish and Israeli art demonstrate that the classical criteria and delimitations of traditional art history do not suffice to describe and analyse this complex definition of art. They have to be complemented with interdisciplinary methods. The conference will address both theoretical questions and practical approaches. In addition to theoretical lectures a wide variety of art professionals such as curators, museum personnel, artists will address these issues as well as the contemporary art scene and art market in panel discussions.
The conference will focus on the following questions:
- How is Jewish art described and how can we redefine Jewish art in the light of contemporary art development? Does a contemporary Jewish art exist?
- What is the narrative of Israeli art history? When does it start?
- What is the relationship of Israeli art history with European art history?
- How do Israeli artists deal with the topics of Jewish and Israeli identity?
The terms “Memory and Journey” describe a chronology from the past via the present to the future. The conference aims to provide an overview of the topics and fields of research on Israeli art by reviewing the historical processes and looking at current developments. It seeks to address both scholars who are conducting research as well as those who work in the arts and the art market.
Inna Goudz, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
Friederike Stangier, University of Basel
Inna Goudz studied art history, history, English and Jewish studies at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. She writes her Ph.D. thesis about Jewish Artists during German Expressionism. The Development of the Term “Jewish Art”. Currently she works at the NRW Kultursekretariat in Wuppertal.
Friederike Stangier studied art history, media sciences and Jewish studies at the University of Basel. She wrote her master thesis about The Internationalization process of the Israeli Art Market in Tel Aviv. Currently she is working in an art gallery in Cologne.