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Institut für Kunstkritik

„Darum muss jegliche Theorie der Kunst zugleich Kritik an ihr sein“, Theodor W. Adorno.

Das „Institut für Kunstkritik“ wurde von Isabelle Graw, Professorin für Kunsttheorie und Kunstgeschichte an der Städelschule Frankfurt und von Daniel Birnbaum, ehemals Rektor der Städelschule Frankfurt, im Sommer 2003 gemeinsam gegründet. Es setzt sich mit der Praxis der Kunstkritik und ihren disziplinären Bezügen auseinander. Das Institut lädt Kunsthistoriker, Kritiker und schreibende Künstler ein und profitiert von den lehrenden Professoren und den vielen in Frankfurt lebenden Kunstkritikern. Das komplexe Verhältnis zwischen „Kunstkritik“ und „künstlerischer Praxis“ lässt sich an der Städelschule, die ja für die Aufgeschlossenheit und Experimentierfreude ihrer Studierenden bekannt ist, besonders gut studieren.

Sommersemester 2016 - Wintersemester 2017:

Ringvorlesung:
Do it yourself. Deskilling and Reskilling in the Digital Techno Age.

This lecture-series (conceptualized by Isabelle Graw) revolves around the question of artistic skills in a digital world. What do they actually consist of? While it always mattered how an artist performs herself since the Modern Age, it seems that the „Auftritt des Künstlers“ (Beatrice von Bismarck), namely, her public staging of herself, has become increasingly important in a Media Society. Has the modeling of her „personality“ turned into a skill that is required from her? Or should one rather argue that artistic practices still represent other competences, attitudes and ways of life that question the ideal of an entrepreneurial self? What have traditional skills been replaced by?

It seems that the deskilling of the arts that is usually associated with the „Duchamp-effect“ and post war practices allowed for a reskilling that is currently quite popular in the art world. Is it a historical necessity that deskilling entails reskilling? Historically speaking, „deskilling“ was a male privilege in the 1950´s and 1960´s. Many male artists opted for anti-subjective aleatory procedures that rejected skills, whereas women artists practiced another form of deskilling in the 1970´s by reintroducing formerly devaluated, „female skills“ into their work. Could one argue, at least in retrospect, that it is precisely these lower or soft skills associated with the sphere of reproduction that are have risen to the status of a valuable resource in our New Economy?

Sommersemester 2016

Lucy McKenzie (12. April) 
Benjamin Buchloh (22. Juni)
Beatrice von Bismarck (23. Juni)
Julia Gelshorn (12. Juli)

Wintersemester 2016/17

Julia Gelshorn (13. Dezember)
Rachel Haidu (14. Dezember)
Amalia Ulman (17. Januar)
John Roberts (18. Januar)

Zu den Aktivitäten des Instituts für Kunstkritik zählten in der Vergangenheit unter Anderem Symposien und Tagungen zu folgenden Themen:

THE POWER OF CRITICISM
18/19.12.2003
Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Yves-Alain Bois, Tim Griffin, Helmut Draxler, Jutta Koether, Niklas Maak

UNTER DRUCK
Über Subjektförmige Bilder, Gesellschaftliche Individuen und den neuen Geist des Kapitalismus.
Eine Konferenz in drei Sektionen
30.11.2005: W.T.Mitchell, Sabeth Buchmann
15.12.2006: Paolo Virno, Martin Saar, Daniel Birnbaum
15.12.2007: Luc Boltanski, Sighard Neckel, Isabelle Graw

CANVASES AND CAREERS TODAY
Criticism and its markets.
15/16.12.2008
George Baker, Johanna Burton, Isabelle Graw, Tom, Holert, John Kelsey, Branden Joseph, Melanie Gilligan, Merlin Carpenter

FAREWELL TO CONTEMPORARY ART
14.2.2009
Alexander Alberro, Jack Bankowski, Carrie Lambert Beatty

THE POWER OF JUDGEMENT
17.6.2009
Christoph Menke, Daniel Loick, Isabelle Graw

Ewa Lajer Burcharth: Chardin Material (responses: Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum)
7.7.2010

ART AND SUBJECTHOOD – the return of the human figure in semiocapitalism
1.7.2011
Isabelle Graw, Hal Foster, Caroline Busta, Michael Sanchez, Ina Blom

Vortrag
Peter Osborne: Art of the Contemporary: From Memory to History

Vortrag
Freitag 9. November 2012, 19 Uhr, Lichthalle
Georges Didi-Huberman: Photos, Pathos, Pothos / L'«IMAGE VIVANTE» SELON ROLAND BARTHES

With more than 30 publications dedicated to the history and theory of images, Georges Didi-Huberman is one of the most recognized French intellectuals. As a philosopher and art historian, he has published prolific books such as «Ce que nous voyons, ce qui nous regarde» (1992) and «Images in Spite of all: Four Photographs from Auschwitz» (2012). Didi-Huberman teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and curated several exhibitions including «L'Empreinte» at Centre Georges Pompidou (1997) and «ATLAS. How to Carry the World on One's Back?» at the ZKM in Karlsruhe (2011).

Dienstag, 10. Juni 2014, 19 Uhr, Aula
 
Gespräch
Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Isabelle Graw and Josephine Pryde: Institutional Critique in the digital age.
Montag 20. April 2015, 15 Uhr, UDK, Hardenbergstr.33, 10623 Berlin
 
Vortrag
Sabeth Buchmann: Rehearsing Critique
Dienstag, 16. Juni 2015, 19 Uhr, Aula