Judith Rottenburg


Dr. des. Judith Rottenburg
Research Associate
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte
Humboldt Universität
Georgenstraße 47
10117 Berlin
Email: rottenburg@bilderfahrzeuge.org

Research project

Newspaper cutting, Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (FESMAN), Dakar, Senegal, 1- 24 April 1966

Receptions of Modern Art from Europe in African Contexts

This project is concerned with receptions, exhibitions and collections of early 20th century modern art from Europe on the African continent and examines the different meanings it acquires within the respective contexts. The project includes case studies on Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria and South Africa, as well as exhibition projects that span multiple contexts, such as travelling exhibitions organized by UNESCO. By analyzing the selected case studies by way of comparison, this project aims to put the journeys of modern art from Europe to African countries into a larger, joint context, and builds into a historiography of transcultural modernities in the 20thcentury.


After completing a BA in Comparative Literature at the Free University of Berlin and a MA in Kunstwissenschaft at the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Judith Rottenburg received her PhD in Art History from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) in 2017. As a candidate of the international doctoral program MIMESIS at LMU from 2013 to 2016, she undertook research visits to Dakar, New York City and Paris, completing her PhD dissertation on the cosmopolitan arts in post-independence Senegal. In 2016/2017, she was a research fellow at the German Forum for Art History Paris in the context of the annual theme “L’art en France à la croisée des cultures”. Since 2017, she is a post-doctoral researcher in the ERC funded project „Developing Theatre“ at LMU. In 2018, she joined the Bilderfahrzeuge research group at Humboldt University Berlin to work on her new research project on receptions of modern art from Europe in African contexts.

Selected bibliography


(forthcoming [2019]) „The École des Arts du Sénégal in the 1960s: Debating Visual Arts Education between ‚Imported Technical Knowledge and ‚Traditional Culture felt from within’“, in: Drawing Education: Worldwide!  Continuities – Transfers – Mixtures, edited by Nino Nanobashvili and Tobias Teutenberg, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2019.

„Younousse Seye: le devenir d’une artiste panafricaine dans le Sénégal de l’après-indépendance“ in: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions magazine(2018), URL: https://awarewomenartists.com/en/magazine/younousse-seye-le-devenir-dune-artiste-panafricaine-dans-le-senegal-de-lapres-independance/.

Edited Volumes

Methoden des Theoriedesigns. Zur Poetik der Wissenschaft, edited by Simon Bieling [and others] Karlsruhe: Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, 2011.

Re-Visionen der Moderne: Begegnungen mit Heinrich Klotz, edited by Judith Rottenburg [and others], München: Wilhelm Fink, 2010 (Schriftenreihe der Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung)

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