RIHA Lecture // Éric de Chassey, Paris: How do we write a more global, more inclusive, history of art - and is it worth trying?

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14.04.2021
von 18:15 bis 19:30

Art

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Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Vortragsraum 242, II. OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

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Aus Anlass des elfjährigen Bestehens des RIHA Journal, 2010-2021 (www.riha-journal.org)

Anonymous artist (Egypt), Male Head, ca. 380-342 BCE, red and black granite, 24,1 × 14,6 x 20 cm, Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, photo Éric de Chassey

Anonymous artist (Egypt), Male Head, ca. 380-342 BCE, red and black granite, 24,1 × 14,6 x 20 cm, Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Foto: Éric de Chassey

 

Since its birth, art history has been torn between a tendency to remain inside local or national boundaries and to be more transnational; it has also veered between addressing only the creations of well-recognized white European male solitary artists and assessing the importance of female, anonymous, or collective creators of less highly prized images-objects. The long overdue process of writing histories of art that would be more global (less Eurocentered), more inclusive (less focused on overprized masterpieces) is underway. For professional art historians, the multiplicity of narratives thus performed can be a blessing. For a more general public though, including students and maybe most of the professionals in fact, it still clashes with an implied master narrative that has been left barely untouched. The necessity for a new master narrative that would meet the standards of contemporary scholarly research leads to pressing questions: How do we write it? Who will write it? Is it worth trying? 

 

Éric de Chassey is director of the French National Institute of Art History (INHA) and professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the École normale supérieure in Lyon, France. Between 2009 and 2015, he was Director of the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici. He has published extensively on the arts and visual culture from the 20th and 21st centuries as well as curated numerous exhibitions, in France and the rest of the world.