Imagining modern German culture, 1889-1910 /
edited by Françoise Forster-Hahn.
Washington : National Gallery of Art ; Hanover, N.H. : Distributed by the University Press of New England, c1996.
312 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
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Washington : National Gallery of Art ; Hanover, N.H. : Distributed by the University Press of New England, c1996.
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"Proceedings of the symposium ... sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 28-29 January 1994"--T.p. verso.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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These essays discuss the reciprocal relationship of two seemingly incompatible incentives: the aesthetic impetus to advance German art to meet the standards of European modernism and the political objective of nation building--i.e., of articulating a distinctly German identity through the languages of culture. The issue, in other words, is the clash (and attempted reconciliation) of ideological purposes as they are expressed in nationalistic, francophobic, and often enough antisemitic proclamations and the self-referential autonomy of the arts. The book focuses on--though with sufficient freedom for legitimate expansions--on the two decades between Liebermann's "provocative" exposition of German paintings at the 1889 Paris World's Fair and the founding of the Berlin artists' association Die Br"ucke in 1910, the "first year" also of Expressionism. The 14 papers in this volume were delivered in 1994 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery. They trace individual positions on, and institutional responses to, the cultural antagonisms and the "politics of art" in imperial Germany--e.g., various calls for educational reform, the demands of the art market, strategies of displaying art, the "bourgeois utopia" of the Werkbund, and the tensions between regional traditions and urban needs in architecture. The result is an agreeable blend that tends to favor the critical reconstruction of programmatic attitudes over the detailed analysis of artistic expression. Amply illustrated and pleasingly designed. Two year technical program; upper-division undergraduate; graduate; faculty; general. M. Winkler; Rice University
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 7
Introduction: Modernity and the Building of Nationp. 9
The Crisis of Modernity, 1887-1902p. 19
"Young Germans, Not Young Greeks and Romans": Art, Culture, and Educational Reform in Wilhelmine Germanyp. 37
From "Brown Sauce" to "Plein Air": Taste and the Art Market in Germany, 1889-1910p. 53
Constructing New Histories: Nationalism and Modernity in the Display of Artp. 71
The Invention of History: Julius Meier-Graefe, German Modernism, and the Genealogy of Geniusp. 91
Weimar contra Berlin: Harry Graf Kessler and the Politics of Modernismp. 107
The Discourses of a Bourgeois Utopia, 1904-1908, and the Founding of the Werkbundp. 127
Urbane Dreams and Urban Realities: Some Observations on Regionalism and Architecture in the Modern German Cityp. 147
"Politics Is an Art": The Cultural Politics of Max Liebermann in Wilhelmine Germanyp. 165
The Politics of Parody: Some Thoughts on the "Modern" in Turn-of-the-Century Munichp. 185
"Work and Make It Better": Lovis Corinth, German Art, and the Peril from Abroadp. 209
Max Klinger's Malerei und Zeichnung: The Critical Reception of the Prints and Their Textp. 229
The Poet's Eye for the Arts: Rilke Views the Visual Arts around 1900p. 251
Monumental Unease: Monuments and the Making of National Identity in Germanyp. 275
Select Bibliography of German Cultural History (1975-1995)p. 301
Contributorsp. 307
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