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Exterior View of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

The ZI offers one of the most extensive libraries in the field of art histors worldwide.

The photograph collection can be consulted with free shelf access. (Photo: Christoph Hellhake)

The ZI edits publications on a great variety of art-historical topics every year.

Contact

Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 10 (ehem. Meiserstr. 10)
80333 München

089/289 27-556
http://www.zikg.eu
presse@zikg.eu

Gallery Hours

Sonderausstellungen und Bibliothek: Mo.-Fr. 9.00 - 20.00 Photothek: Mo.-Fr. 9.00 - 17.00

The Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI) is the only independent art historical research institute in Germany. The library holds over 560,000 volumes, and the photography library stores over 900,000 photos. These resources join other media items to offer a unique opportunity for investigations into art history. These varied holdings and services provided by the ZI are available on-site and online which makes it quite important for the international research community. The rich program of lectures and academic conferences on various topics underscore the reputation of the ZI as an internationally-oriented scientific forum.  The location in Munich's Kunstareal with a neighborhood loaded with museums and higher education facilities make the ZI a privileged site for art history research and the promotion of academic sciences. The origin of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte lies in the "Central Art Collecting Point" of the American occupying government in 1946.

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte
World Histories of Architecture. Origins, Narratives and Images 1700-2016
15.12.2016 - 28.02.2017

During the period from 1700 to 2015, from Fischer von Erlach's "Entwurf einer historischen Architektur" of 1721 until the destruction of Palmyra, the city of ruins, by the IS, numerous different forms of writing the history of global architectures have been published. Although global architectural history is currently very popular, a critical survey of these elaborately illustrated world histories – primarily single-volume works – has not yet taken place. Fifteen such world histories were published in the 19th century alone in German, not to mention the works in French and English. Beyond these, the world history of architecture was also represented as a chart or diagram, and even in paintings and watercolors. From the comparative histories of religion and culture of the Enlightenment to the national and imperial narratives of the 19th century, from the racist and völkisch models of interpretation up to decolonization and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage – concepts about architecture, nature, and origins always play a prominent role.

25.01.17 18:15
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Monica Juneja: Likeness as travelling concept – artfully portraying the universal ruler in early modern South Asia


 



Veranstaltungstyp: Vortrag

 

Sprache: englisch

25.01.17 18:15
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Monica Juneja: Likeness as travelling concept – artfully portraying the universal ruler in early modern South Asia


 



Veranstaltungstyp: Vortrag

 

Sprache: englisch

26.01.17 14:00
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

T. Golan: Vision and Inquiry in Hans Fries’ Four Panel Paintings of Sts. Francis, Sebastian, Bernhard, and Anne at the Alte Pinakothek (1501)


In this workshop, I will explore the ascendancy of the judicial inquisitio as the most effective means of establishing truth in the late Middle Ages and the dissemination of this mode of inquiry in the artisanal sphere. Particular attention will be paid to how concerns over the authenticity of miraculous and visionary experiences merged with the rhetoric of the inquisitio during the Councils of Constance (1414-1418) and Basel (1431-1445). The introduction of the inquisitional procedure in this context recalibrated an already existing discourse on the nature of visions and other miracles, resulting in the tendency to place both under greater suspicion. In light of the growing distrust of vision and miracles, I contend that artists consciously experimented with innovative strategies of representation that embraced, navigated, and adapted to concurrent concerns of how to prove the miraculous. This paper will therefore examine a set of four panel paintings (1501) by the Swiss artist Hans Fries in the Alte Pinakothek. I will analyze the representation of visionary experiences in these four panels, focusing in particular on the panel of St. Sebastian, in order to assess the particular visual strategies used by Fries that imbued his images with an evidentiary status, one which met the standards of proof demanded by the judicial sphere. As I hope to demonstrate, Fries was highly attuned to the kind of evidence required when claims for what is shown were couched in the rhetoric of visionary experience.



Veranstaltungstyp: Workshop

 

Sprache: deutsch

26.01.17 14:00
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

T. Golan: Vision and Inquiry in Hans Fries’ Four Panel Paintings of Sts. Francis, Sebastian, Bernhard, and Anne at the Alte Pinakothek (1501)


In this workshop, I will explore the ascendancy of the judicial inquisitio as the most effective means of establishing truth in the late Middle Ages and the dissemination of this mode of inquiry in the artisanal sphere. Particular attention will be paid to how concerns over the authenticity of miraculous and visionary experiences merged with the rhetoric of the inquisitio during the Councils of Constance (1414-1418) and Basel (1431-1445). The introduction of the inquisitional procedure in this context recalibrated an already existing discourse on the nature of visions and other miracles, resulting in the tendency to place both under greater suspicion. In light of the growing distrust of vision and miracles, I contend that artists consciously experimented with innovative strategies of representation that embraced, navigated, and adapted to concurrent concerns of how to prove the miraculous. This paper will therefore examine a set of four panel paintings (1501) by the Swiss artist Hans Fries in the Alte Pinakothek. I will analyze the representation of visionary experiences in these four panels, focusing in particular on the panel of St. Sebastian, in order to assess the particular visual strategies used by Fries that imbued his images with an evidentiary status, one which met the standards of proof demanded by the judicial sphere. As I hope to demonstrate, Fries was highly attuned to the kind of evidence required when claims for what is shown were couched in the rhetoric of visionary experience.



Veranstaltungstyp: Workshop

 

Sprache: deutsch

01.02.17 18:15
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Urte Krass: Der Gute Hirte zwischen Asien und Amerika. Zur globalen Ikonographie des "Quinto Império"


Indische Elfenbeine des kindlichen Guten Hirten sind inzwischen ins Zentrum der globalen Kunstgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit gerückt. Vor allem im Brasilien des 17. Jahrhunderts waren diese enigmatischen und mobilen Skulpturen sehr beliebt. Der Vortrag versucht, aufbauend auf der bisherigen Forschung eine politische Ikonographie dieser Artefakte zu entwickeln und sie an den größeren Kontext einer globalen Visualisierung des "Fünften Weltreiches" anzubinden: Die Idee, das letzte christliche Friedensreich sei unter portugiesischer Führung angebrochen, hatte in den Jahren um 1640 in den verschiedenen Teilen des portugiesischen Kolonialreichs Hochkonjunktur. Ein Vergleich europäischer, indischer und brasilianischer Bilderwelten des "Quinto Império" ermöglicht es, eingehend über Bilder und die Bedingungen ihrer Zirkulation in der frühen Neuzeit nachzudenken.



Veranstaltungstyp: Vortrag

 

Sprache: deutsch

01.02.17 18:15
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Urte Krass: Der Gute Hirte zwischen Asien und Amerika. Zur globalen Ikonographie des "Quinto Império"


Indische Elfenbeine des kindlichen Guten Hirten sind inzwischen ins Zentrum der globalen Kunstgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit gerückt. Vor allem im Brasilien des 17. Jahrhunderts waren diese enigmatischen und mobilen Skulpturen sehr beliebt. Der Vortrag versucht, aufbauend auf der bisherigen Forschung eine politische Ikonographie dieser Artefakte zu entwickeln und sie an den größeren Kontext einer globalen Visualisierung des "Fünften Weltreiches" anzubinden: Die Idee, das letzte christliche Friedensreich sei unter portugiesischer Führung angebrochen, hatte in den Jahren um 1640 in den verschiedenen Teilen des portugiesischen Kolonialreichs Hochkonjunktur. Ein Vergleich europäischer, indischer und brasilianischer Bilderwelten des "Quinto Império" ermöglicht es, eingehend über Bilder und die Bedingungen ihrer Zirkulation in der frühen Neuzeit nachzudenken.



Veranstaltungstyp: Vortrag

 

Sprache: deutsch

18.02.17 18:15
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Richard Vinograd: Global Gardens: Collections, Visions and Fictions in Early Modern Garden Culture


 



Veranstaltungstyp: Vortrag

 

Sprache: englisch

18.02.17 18:15
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Richard Vinograd: Global Gardens: Collections, Visions and Fictions in Early Modern Garden Culture


 



Veranstaltungstyp: Vortrag

 

Sprache: englisch

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