Research Forum for German Visual Culture
The Research Forum for German Visual Culture (RFGVC) is a network organisation that exists under the auspices of the Visual Arts Research Institute, Edinburgh (VARIE) based at the University of Edinburgh, and involving VARIE consortium partners - Edinburgh College of Art, the National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums Scotland, National Library of Scotland, University of Glasgow, and the University of St Andrews, as well as other partner institutions in the UK and abroad.
The RFGVC is inter- and multi- disciplinary, inter-school, inter-institutional, and international in orientation. The scope of research interest encompasses Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and while the central focus is likely to be on modern and contemporary visual culture, the forum does not exclude coverage of earlier periods.
In the first instance, the forum is designed to cohere and draw upon the considerable expertise and research networks of Germanists based in Scottish academic and art institutions, and to create various opportunities for knowledge transfer. Beyond this goal, it is intended as a key research exchange point encouraging Anglo-American-German relations within a matrix of international research institutions, centres, associations, and societies.
The RFGVC will encourage contact between British, American, and German art historians and curators, fostering and contributing to the development of national and international collaborative, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research by means of seminars, conferences, colloquia, and lectures. In due course, the RFGVC will also develop an active programme of film screenings and other events.
Dürer, Holbein and the Art of the Northern RenaissanceThursday 6 October 2011, 11am
- 7.30pmHawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery (Gardens Entrance)
To complement the exhibitions Dürer and his contemporaries: Dürer’s Fame, and The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein, is a symposium exploring Northern Renaissance art in context. The talks will focus on Albrecht Dürer – his work, impact and fame - and his German and Netherlandish contemporaries.
Speakers: Kate Heard and Lucy Whitaker, Royal Collection; Dr Tico Seifert, Scottish National Gallery; Dr Thomas Schauerte, Albrecht Dürer House and Graphic Collection, Nuremberg; David Taylor, Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Dr Tom Tolley, University of Edinburgh.
Symposium includes visits to both exhibitions.
August Sander and Weimar GermanyFriday 13 May 2011, 10am
- 4pmHawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex, Edinburgh
This one-day symposium is a collaboration between the National Galleries of Scotland and the VARIE Research Forum for German Visual Culture at the University of Edinburgh. It attempts to address from multiple perspectives the cultural significance and legacy of August Sander’s hugely ambitious and methodical photographic analysis of the people of Weimar Germany.
Dürer's Fame: his prints and their critical receptionFriday 11 March 2011, 5.15pmLecture Room 1, 20 Chambers Street
Talk by Dr Tico Seifert (National Gallery of Scotland).
A Last Wave to Expressionism: Berlin Dada and the CarnivalesqueThursday 10 February 2011, 5.15pmLecture Room 1, 20 Chambers Street
Talk by Dr Christian Weikop (Visiting Lecturer, History of Art, University of Edinburgh).
Launch of the Research Forum for German Visual CultureWednesday 27 April 2011, 9.36amTalbot Rice Gallery
Launch of the Research Forum, with a welcome from Pat Fisher, Principal Curator of Talbot Rice Gallery, followed by an introduction to the Research Forum by Dr Christian Weikop, University of Edinburgh and culminating in a short lecture on Rosemarie Trockel by Dr Sabine Kriebel, University College Cork.
Speer's work in Nazi BerlinFriday 26 November 2010, 1.10pmCommon Room, Minto House
Talk by Prof Iain Boyd Whyte (Architecture, University of Edinburgh).
Research Forum for German Visual Culture
20 Chambers Street Edinburgh
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4119
This article was published on Oct 4, 2011