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Kunsthistorisches Institut

The Global Reception of Heinrich Wölfflin’s Principles of Art History (1915-2015)

A Symposium

Friday and Saturday, May 8 – 9, 2015


National Gallery of Art

Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA)

West Building Lecture Hall 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Session 1: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

10:00 am

Elizabeth Cropper, moderator


Centre for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts


Evonne Levy

University of Toronto

Tristan Weddigen

University of Zürich


Horst Bredekamp

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Wölfflin in Berlin

Hans Aurenhammer

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Formalist Dissent: Why Did the Vienna School Ignore Wölfflin’s Grundbegriffe?

Oskar Bätschmann

University of Bern / SIK-ISEA Zürich

Heinrich Wölfflin’s Swiss Legacy

Session 2: Russia, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland

2:30 pm

Oskar Bätschmann, moderator

University of Bern / SIK-ISEA Zürich

Ivan Czeczot

The European University at St. Petersburg

Wölfflin in Russland

Eric Michaud

École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris

Wölfflin in France

Andrea Pinotti

Università degli Studi di Milano

Could a Kunstwissenschaft Ever Take Root in Italy? Wölfflin’s Grundbegriffe and Italian Art Historiography

Reindert Falkenburg

New York University, Abu Dhabi

Wölfflin’s Schilderachtig and the History of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Landscape Painting

Wojciech Bałus

Jagiellonian University, Kraków

In the Shadow of Vienna — In the Glow of a Classic: Some Remarks on the Reception of Heinrich Wölfflin in Poland

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Session 3: Spain, Mexico, Japan, China, Brazil

Paul B. Jaskot, moderator

DePaul University

Tristan Weddigen

University of Zürich

The Reception of Wölfflin in the Hispanic World

Peter Krieger

Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Baroque and Neo-Baroque: Long-Term Effects of the Kunstgeschichtliche Grundbegriffe in Mexico

Yukiko Shirahara

Nezu Museum

The 1936 Japanese Version of Kunstgeschichtliche Grundbegriffe and the Study of Japanese Art

Zhang Ping

East China Normal University

From Ku Teng to Fan Jingzhong: Heinrich Wölfflin and Chinese Art History

Jens Baumgarten

Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Wölfflin in Brazil: Between Translation and Comparison

Session 4: England, United States, Israel, India


Horst Bredekamp, moderator

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Paul Blinski

Cambridge University

Wölfflin and the Wölfflinians in England

Evonne Levy

University of Toronto

Wölfflin’s Principles in the United States: Crucible of a Discipline

Adi Efal

a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities, University of Cologne

The Hebrew Translation of the Grundbegriffe and the Establishment of the Israeli Humanities Canon

Monica Juneja

Universität Heidelberg

Universal Principles and Intransigent Contexts: Creating a Canon to Incorporate South Asian Art

Registration is requested by e-mail,

Please use the West Building entrance at Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue nw.

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