Terms of Art

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Under the heading Kunstbegriffe (German: terms of art), this series of lectures programmatically addresses the central concepts of art. The goal of the series, held in cooperation with the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts and Landesverband Bildende Künste e.V., is to bring together artists, art historians, art students and the interested public to enlarge upon our mutual categories and fundamental concepts of art and to question them in a global context. Professionals from the fields of art theory and exhibitions are invited to deliver a lecture on selected fundamental concepts of art, examining the terms against the background of their own genesis and use in specific historical situations. Is a term such as avant-gardism still current in contemporary art? What are the roots for our understanding of abstraction today and how have they developed historically in terms of East and West? How are traditional genres such as „portrait“ or „landscape“ presented in contemporary art and media art? How has the fine arts‘ handling of materiality changed and what epistemic conclusions can we draw from this transition? What understanding underlies the term curating? And what are the potentials of collective? In the form of lectures, these terms are presented in their sometimes forgotten, often controversial range of meanings, past and present, analyzing their current relevance in a global context. The goal of this series of lectures and subsequent discussion is to excite a broad public debate. The lectures are held at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in the new lecture hall, Günztstraße 34. The academy was programmatically chosen as a common place of discourse on current questions relating to art. The lectures also afford the opportunity to converse with the speakers.


Past Events:

27. November 2018


Poka-Yio (Künstler und Kurator, Athen)

Poka-Yio is an artist and curator, based in Athen. Together with Stefanie Hessler and Kostis Stafylakis he curates the current 6th Athens Biennale ANTI. This edition of the Biennial, which Poka-Yio also co-founded in the year 2005, is dedicated to the (in) possibility of oppositional action and highlights the antagonism of resistant attitudes between marginality and the new mainstream. The Athens Biennale has been honored by the European Cultural Foundation for its open collective curatorial model. Poka-Yio’s artistic work is in the field of installation and action art. In 1999, he founded A-Station, the Athens Center for Contemporary Art, which he directed until 2014.

5. November 2018

On / Off, das

Zdenka Badovinac (Ljubljana)

Zdenka Badovinac is a curator and critic. Since 1993 she is the director of Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana. Processes of the reinterpretation of history in the various avant-garde traditions of the 20th and 21st centuries form a focus of her curatorial and journalistic work.
Body and the East – from the 1960s to the present (1998) and Arteast 2000+ (1998/2000 Ljubljana) as one of the first programmatic exhibitions of Eastern European art,  were important projects in this context. NSK followed in 2015: Capital to Capital – The Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia (2015-2017 Ljubljana, Eindhoven, Madrid).
Also in 2017, she curated the NSK State Pavillion with Charles Esche at the 57th Venice Biennale, which re-discussed issues of territory, citizenship and identity in times of migration and European fragmentation processes.

28. Mai 2018

Autonomie, die

Susanne von Falkenhausen (Kunsthistorikerin, Berlin)

Susanne von Falkenhausen is an art historian and art critic. Her main topics are art, architecture and power since the French Revolution, art of the 19th century, gender research in the art history of modernity, theories and practices of representation and the relationship between art history and visual culture studies. Until 2016 she was Professor of Modern Art History with a focus on Modern Art at the Humboldt University in Berlin, she teaches and writes on the history of art to the present, including texts in „Texte zur Kunst“, and „Frieze“.

The lecture will take place in the series „Terms of Art“ as well as within the initiative for contemporary art „The balancing act between local and global action“, sponsored by the Cultural Capital Office of the City of Dresden.

8. Mai 2018

Skulptur, die

Britta Peters (Kuratorin und Kulturwissenschaftlerin, Bochum)

Britta Peters is a cultural scientist, art critic and curator. In 2017 she curated the Skulptur Projekte Münster in a  team with Kasper König and Marianne Wagner. Art in the public space is a primar focus of her work. In 2007 she realized the project „Wilhelmsburger Freitag“ in Hamburg and took over the management of the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof from 2008 to 2011. In 2012, in collaboration with the Cluster of Excellence „Normative Orders“, she realized the exhibition „Demonstrations: On the Establishment of Normative Orders“ at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, which was followed by the project „Illness as Metaphor: The Madden in the Garden of Species“ at various locations in Hamburg in 2014. Since 2018 she is the artistic director of the Urbane Künste Ruhr.

The lecture will take place in the series „Terms of Art“ as well as within the initiative for contemporary art „The balancing act between local and global action“, sponsored by the Cultural Capital Office of the City of Dresden.

19. Januar 2018

Textil, das

Ruth Noack (Kuratorin und Kunsthistorikerin, Berlin)

Ruth Noack (* 1964) is an art historian, art critic and exhibition maker. She was curator of documenta 12 (2007). In 2012-13, she directed the ›Curating Contemporary Art Program‹, Royal College of Art, London. She worked as research director for the EU project ›MeLa — European Museums in an age of migrations‹. In 2018, Noack is curating ›Ghosting the Nation‹ at the Frans Hals Museum / De Hallen in Haarlem. In addition to her international publishing activities, she deals with the challenges of the museum in the age of migration as well as global and translocal exhibition perspectives in her scientific and curatorial work. Among other published: ›Agency, Ambivalence, Analysis. Approaching the Museum with Migration in Mind‹.

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Dorota Monkiewicz (Kuratorin und Kunsthistorikerin aus Warschau)

Dorota Monkiewicz (* 1961) is a curator and art historian from Warsaw and until the end of 2016 director of the MWW Wrocław Contemporary Museum. Her scientific and curatorial focus is on the Polish avant-garde that developed in Wrocław in the middle of the year. 1960 to 1981. During this time, art, art theory, theater and music scene as well as architecture created artistic freedom like nowhere else in the socialist People’s Republic of Poland. ›The Wild West‹, the major exhibition about Wrocław’s avant-garde, curated by Dorota Monkiewicz, took on Concept Art, Mail Art, New Expressionism and feminist positions as well as film and photography as well as perspectives of the current art scene and was shown in 2016 in various European cities.


20. Mai 2015


Inka Schube, Kunstwissenschaftlerin und Kuratorin für Fotografie und Medienkunst am Sprengel Museum Hannover

Inka Schube is an art historian and curator for photography and media art at the Sprengel Museum Hannover. From 1987 she was in charge of the Galerie Berliner Junge Künstler at the Haus der Jungen Talente Berlin, today Podewil. In 1990 she was co-founder of the Art and Culture Center Brotfabrik Berlin e.V.. In her work with a focus on photography and media art, in the nineties she set up projects with Boris Mikhailov, Nan Goldin and Peter Greenaway, on Indian bazaar photography and the Yugoslav wars (‚Heimat‘). Her projects in the Fotobiennale Rotterdam as well as exhibitions and publications e.g. on the work of Martha Rosler, Helga Paris, Heidi Specker, Thomas Ruff and Hans-Peter Feldmann are groundbreaking for the current engagement with contemporary artistic photography.

10. April 2014


Astrid Schmetterling, Goldsmith College, London

Astrid Schmetterling is an art historian and art theorist. She teaches at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The main focus of her academic work and teaching is on studying the interrelations between history, culture and remembrance. She has published, among others, a monograph on Charlotte Salomon (Jüdischer Verlag im Suhrkamp Verlag, 2001), a contribution to the catalog on the Else Lasker-Schüler exhibition, Die Bilder (Jüdischer Verlag im Suhrkamp Verlag, 2010), and a book with Lynn Turner, Visual Cultures As Recollection (Sternberg Press, 2013).

She also published an essay in the catalog Stoffe aus Lublin / Bławatne z Lublina (Spectorbooks, 2011) on the solo show by Ulrike Grossarth at Kunsthaus Dresden (2010).

6. November 2012, 19 Uhr


Petra Lange-Berndt, London

Petra Lange-Berndt teaches the history of modern and contemporary art at London University College as a lecturer. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the universities of Trier and Siegen and was, among other activities,  guest curator at the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In her research she focuses on the relation of art and biology as well as zoology from the 19th to the 21st century, animal studies, alternative life forms and cinematic experiments. Recently she published the books Animal Art. Prepared Animals in Art, 1850-2000 (2009) and as co-editor Sigmar Polke: We Pretty Bourgeois! Comrades and Contemporaries (2011). She also runs the blog Preserved!, a collection of notable and curious specimens and artistic interventions in historical collections.

20. Juni 2012, 19 Uhr


Sabeth Buchmann, Wien

Sabeth Buchmann is Professor of Modern Art and Modern Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, as well as an art critic. She writes regularly articles and anthologies, is a board member of the journal Texte zur Kunst and co-editor of Exhibition Histories (London). Together with Helmut Draxler, Clemens Krümmel and Susanne Leeb, she releases polyps – a book series on art criticism and political theory. Her publications include film, avant-garde, biopolitics (2009), thinking against thinking. Production – Technology – Subjectivity in Sol LeWitt, Hélio Oiticica and Yvonne Rainer (2007), Art After Conceptual Art (2006), When nothing else works: repeating repetition in art, pop culture, film, music, everyday life, theory and practice (2005).

2. Mai 2012, 19 Uhr


Wolfgang Kemp, Hamburg

Wolfgang Kemp [* 1946] is senior professor of art history at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and a freelance author. Previously, he taught as a professor of art history at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the University of Hamburg. He has held several visiting professorships, including Harvard University, UCLA, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the Getty Research Center in Los Angeles. His numerous books include Die Räume der Maler (Munich, 1996); Hokusais 100 Views of Fuji (Berlin 2006); Analyze architecture (Munich 2009); Foreign Affairs (Munich 2010) and a History of Photography (Munich 2011) and  Confidential Report on the sale of a dresser and other art stories (Munich 2002).

25. Januar 2012, 19 Uhr


Barbara Engelbach, Köln

Barbara Engelbach [* 1962] is the curator of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and responsible for the collections of contemporary art, photography and media art. Prior to that, she worked at the University of Bremen, for the Skulptur Projekte Münster 1997 and headed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Siegen. She curated solo exhibitions with Rosemarie Trockel (2005), Ed Ruscha’s photographic work (2006), Manfred Pernice (2007) and Jonas Mekas (2009) as well as group exhibitions on photography (video footage) and video (film in motion 2010) and photography the Intermediality of the Arts on the West Coast of the USA (Looking for Mushrooms 2008). She is currently working on a retrospective and a publication on Yvonne Rainer.

29. Juni 2011, 19 Uhr


Dietmar Rübel, Dresden

Dietmar Rübel teaches as professor of art history and theory at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. Previously, he worked as a research associate at the universities of Hamburg and Marburg, was a lecturer at the universities of Lüneburg and Dresden and guest curator, u.a. at the Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna, at the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Akademie der Künste zu Berlin. His research focuses on the relation of art theory and artistic practice from the 19th to the 21st century. Most recently he published as co-editor the following books: ‚Die Tücke des Objekts‘ – Vom Umgang mit Dingen (2009), Lexikon des künstlerischen Materials. Werkstoffe der modernen Kunst von Abfall bis Zinn (2010) and Sigmar Polke: We Petty Bourgeois! Comrades and Contemporaries (2011).

4. Mai 2011, 19 Uhr


Charlotte Klonk, Berlin

Charlotte Klonk [* 1965] teaches at the Institute for Art History at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She previously worked at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Ghent, was a lecturer at the Department of Art History at the University of Warwick and a Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Her research interests are in the pictorial and spatial history of Modern Art. In 1996 she published Science and the Perception of Nature, 2006 together with Michael Hatt Art History. A Critical Introduction to Its Methods und 2009 Spaces of Experience: Art Gallery Interiors from 1800 – 2000.

20. Januar 2011, 19 Uhr


Irit Rogoff, London

Irit Rogoff is an art historian and curator. As a professor at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmith College, London, she also directs the PhD program Curatorial Knowledge there. Her research focuses on the connections between critical theory and contemporary art. In 1994 she published Museum Culture: Histories Discourses Spectacles (with Daniel J. Sherman), in 2000 Terra Infirma – Geography’s Visual Culture. She is currently Senior Fellow at the International Center for Cultural Technology Research and Media Philosophy at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

10. November 2010, 19 Uhr


Friedrich W. Heubach, Köln

Friedrich W. Heubach (* 1944 in Nordrach) is an art theorist and psychologist in Cologne. From 1968 to 1975 he was the editor of the journal Interfunktionen, which dealt with contemporary art. The 12 editions of Interfunktionen, published between 1968 and 1975, brought together documentations of international art projects and strategies as well as works conceived from the outset as printed matter. In addition, it was theoretical essays and documents of public debates about current cultural events that shaped the profile of the magazine as a plea for contemporary art. Between 1969 to 1971 Heubach taught at the Kölner Werkschulen. In 1984 he received his habilitation in psychology. From 1985 to 1989 he was Professor of Psychology at the University of Cologne, and from 1989 to 1992 Professor of Psychology at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg. In 1992, until his retirement in 2008, he held the Chair of Psychology / Education at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.