Exhibition : “Style BREAK?! West Berlin fights over a ceiling painting” (Potsdam, Charlottenburg Palace, 15.05.22 – 31.10.22)

The exhibition on Google Arts & Culture is dedicated to the role of modernism in the process of rebuilding Charlottenburg Palace. The focus is on the contemporary ceiling painting by the painter Hann Trier (1915-1999) from 1972 in the White Hall of the New Wing. This was preceded by many years of discussion about a possible reconstruction of the Baroque ceiling painting created by the Prussian court painter Antoine Pesne (1683-1757). The exhibition makes a contribution to the reconstruction debate that has been reignited since the fall of the Wall with building projects such as the Humboldt Forum in Berlin or, most recently, the Parade Apartment in Dresden Palace. Not only the new findings from archive materials from the 1940s to the 1970s and the discovery of the large designs for the ceiling painting allow an insight into the exciting period of reconstruction, but also interviews with contemporary witnesses.

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Exhibition on Appiani reconstitutes graphic oeuvre

The important fresco painter and founder of the Mainz Art Academy Joseph Ignaz Appiani (1706 – 1785) up to now has been little known as a draughtsman. And there are considerable gaps in his biography. However, in spring 2022 with the graphic art exhibition ‘An Appiani Adventure‘ the Wallraf will finally shine light into this darkness and invite visitors on a search for clues of an art historical nature. Recently, within the Cologne Museum’s graphic collection of c. 70,000 sheets, experts discovered an important body of work by Appiani that had until then been attributed to other artists. With this previously unknown treasure the Wallraf will for the first time pay extensive tribute to the Rococo artist as a draughtsman.

Call for Paper : “Les intérieurs historiques et le numérique – possibilités et limites des reconstructions virtuelles pour la recherche” (Paris, Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art Paris, 17 novembre 2022 ; château de Versailles, 18 novembre 2022)

La reconstruction virtuelle d’intérieurs historiques – de l’architecture en passant par la décoration murale et le mobilier jusqu’aux textiles – est un instrument de médiation culturelle qui a fait ses preuves ces dernières années, en particulier dans le monde des musées et des expositions, mais aussi dans les monuments historiques et en archéologie. Depuis une période récente, cet outil est en outre utilisé spécifiquement par la recherche en histoire et en histoire de l’art pour l’étude des intérieurs historiques. Les questions de proportions spatiales ou encore les unités architectoniques fondamentales sont ici au premier plan, l’accent étant souvent mis sur la possibilité de visiter virtuellement ces espaces, soit sur un écran 2D, soit avec un casque immersif.

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This notebook will be used to communicate and publish scientific and documentary resources throughout the ANR/DFG project “Une histoire croisée des plafonds peints : France-Allemagne, 1600-1800″/”Eine Verflechtungsgeschichte der Deckenmalerei in Frankreich und Deutschland 1600-1800” (coord. O. Bonfait and M. Burioni, Université de Bourgogne, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, 01/05/2022-30/04/2025).
This project proposes to study the historical, cultural, formal and technical phenomenon of the multiplication of painted and sculpted ceiling decorations in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. The French and German fields lend themselves to this investigation: they have been the subject of numerous case studies over the past twenty years and now call for a vast undertaking to systematize the corpus and enrich the questionnaire. The time is right: databases have been created on both sides of the Rhine in recent years and it is urgent to initiate a reflection in order to adopt common digital tools, in order to gain in relevance and interoperability. The Franco-German project will not replace current initiatives, but rather enrich them by creating the conditions for a common reflection that will materialize in the creation of a portal on French and German ceilings. In addition to the inventory of decorations that will feed this portal, there will be an in-depth study, in the form of a micro-history, of twenty decorations that are representative of the variety of typologies, of commissioners, of the trials and tribulations of design, of the organization of construction sites, of the function of decoration in the representation of power, of the conditions of its visual effectiveness, of its role in the evolution of forms and discourses. Finally, the 3D modeling of six sets, existing or disappeared, will offer a field of experimentation to answer questions such as the passage from two to three dimensions (from design to execution). Such modeling also ensures that a wider audience will be interested in these sets and will foster a better understanding of them. A series of workshops around three research axes will ensure and reinforce the problematization of the approach throughout the duration of the project.

Call for Paper: “Baroque Ceiling Painting: Theory & Praxis”

Baroque Ceiling Painting: Theory & Praxis

Czech Republic, Litomyšl, October 20–22, 2022

The Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno and the Studio of Wall Painting Restoration of the Faculty of Restoration, University of Pardubice, are preparing an international scientific Conference devoted to the problems of art theory and practice in the field of wall and ceiling painting of the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. The Conference is organized within the frame of the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE), with the support of the Czech Academy of Sciences, program Strategy AV21: Cultural Heritage as Part of European and Global Discourse.


Thematic headings

Baroque Ceiling Painting Gets Social and Cultural | social status of the artist, functioning of a workshop, artistic apprenticeship, artist & client, reception of ceiling paintings

II Materiality of the Image | historical materials, techniques and technologies in early modern treatises and monumental paintings

III Norm & Form | formal aspects of ceiling paintings in context of the artistic practice, designs, process, perspective, decoration, projection, colorit, anatomy, models, compositions, etc.

The Conference is opened to art historians, restorers and historians of techniques focused on history of early modern monumental paintings. The proposals of the papers including the title, a short abstract (up to one page), and a short biogram of the author are welcome until April 31, 2022, to: loudova@phil.muni.cz, & madl@udu.cas.cz

Martin Mádl,
Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Michaela Šeferisová Loudová,
Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno

Jan Vojtěchovský,
Faculty of Restoration, University of Pardubice, Litomyšl

CFP in PDF: CFP_BCP_Theory_Praxis_2022

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