Exhibition opening: ‘Bilder auf Wanderschaft. Das Warburg Institute und eine britische Kunstgeschichte’

An exhibition organised by the research network A Vision for Europe: Academic Action and Responsibility in Times of Crises and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich.

Aby Warburg’s sketch for a display panel for an Albrecht Dürer exhibition at the Volksheim, Hamburg. WIA, III.60.4 [19] © The Warburg Institute, London.

30 May – 26 June 2019
Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 20:00
Admission free

Opening: 29 May 2019, 18:15 – 20:00

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte
Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10
80333 Munich

After its arrival in London in 1933, the Warburg Institute organised a number of large-scale photographic exhibitions. These displays introduced the innovative image-led methodology developed in Hamburg prior to the Institute’s emigration. In doing so, the exhibitions promoted the integration of the “foreign” scholars who had left Central Europe fleeing the holocaust. But they also served another purpose: in times of increasing political and human crises, the assembled images argued for a common European culture based on humanistic values for the education of the general public. The exhibition Bilder auf Wanderschaft makes hitherto unpublished archival materials accessible that speak to the historiographic and political significance of this unique and pioneering exhibition practice.

The research network, A Vision for Europe: Academic Action and Responsibility in Times of Crises. is a collaboration between the Warburg Institute, the international research project, Bilderfahrzeuge and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

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