Symposium, Workshop

Expressionism Revisited
Workshop 3: Wie schauen wir auf expressionistische Bilder von Menschen? (DE)

The following workshops are held exclusively on-site and will not be streamed online. However, participation in the hybrid Workshop 4 is possible via Zoom after registration.

Workshop 3: Wie schauen wir auf expressionistische Bilder von Menschen? (DE)

With Dr. Camilla Smith (University of Birmingham) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Langanke (Evangelische Hochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe)
Hosts: Dr. Meike Hoffmann (Freie Universität Berlin), Isabel Fischer (Brücke-Museum)

The workshop focuses depictions of figures and nudes by the Brücke artists from a contemporary perspective, exploring the themes of identity, origin, sexuality, and gender. What underlying conceptions of human beings are present in these artworks, and how do we approach them in today’s context? How can we envision a contemporary contextualization that moves beyond the historical discriminatory aspects?

Dr. Camilla Smith is an Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Department of Art History, Curating, and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham, where she currently serves as the Head of Department. Her areas of expertise include modern art from Germany and Austria, as well as Swiss culture of the 18th century. Articles on erotic print culture and drawings have been published in the Oxford Art Journal and Art History, and an article on Magnus Hirschfeld and his engagement with visual culture and art history will appear in the June issue of The Art Bulletin 2023. Her monograph on Jeanne Mammen, which explores the experience of producing art under the radar in Nazi Berlin, has been published by Bloomsbury.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Langanke (1972) studied Philosophy, Protestant Theology, and Modern German Literature at the Universities of Augsburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg. He received his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2002. After years in the private sector, he worked at the University of Greifswald from 2009 to 2019, where he obtained his habilitation in 2017. Since 2019, he has been a professor of Applied Ethics at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Westphalia-Lippe in Bochum. His main research interests lie in the areas of „Foundations of Ethics,” „Bioethics,” and „Ethics and Art.”

Dr. Meike Hoffmann is a lecturer in the field of Expressionism, Nazi art politics, and memorial culture at the Freie Universität Berlin. At the Department of Art History, she is the head of the following provenance research projects: Research Center „Entartete Kunst,“ Mosse Art Research Initiative (MARI), Abraham Adelsberger Art Research Project (AAARP). Her recent publications include: Meike Hoffmann / Dieter Scholz (eds.): Unmastered Past? Modernism in Nazi Germany. Art, Art Trade, Curatorial Practice, Berlin 2020; Meike Hoffmann and Aya Soika: Escape into Art? The Brücke Painters in the Nazi period, Munich 2019.

Isabel Fischer has been the Project Manager for Digital Transformation at the Brücke-Museum since July 2022, where she oversees various digital collection projects. Previously, she worked as a freelance staff member and led several projects at the Brücke-Museum, including the exhibition and publication project Max Kaus: Among Friends (2020), a pilot project for the critical examination and digitization of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff’s collection of works from colonial contexts (2021), and the editorial work for the exhibition newspaper 1910: Brücke. Art and Life (2022). From 2018 to 2020, she served as a research intern at the Brücke-Museum.

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