June 2014, University of Zurich
The seminar held by Prof. Dr. Jens Baumgarten and Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen presented central aspects for the research on Latin American Baroque and Neo-Baroque by discussing especially theoretical and methodological aspects as well as case studies. An introductory lecture was given to introduce into the main questions of the seminar with focus on cultural transfer, circulations of objects and ideas and visual systems. The so called approach of the “glocal” should also be applied for colonial art of Latin America, especially Brazil. The objective is not only to discuss the artistic productions, distribution and reception of the 16th to 18th century, but also its re-appropriation, for example in the Brazilian modernism as well as in popular mass culture. Further main terms and topics discussed included visual systems, transculturality, transfer, translations, hybridity, and sensorial regimes. The seminar presented an overview about the Iberian-American Baroque and allowed to get to know main objects, artifacts, and buildings as well as the central terms and approaches of the field.
The presentations in the seminar linked historical Baroque and transhistorical Neo-Baroque topics:
The following introductory literature helped to focus on central question of the field:
The seminar also included museum visits organized by Prof. Dr. Julia Gelshorn, such as the exhibition on the Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi at the Jacobs Museum and the exhibition La búsqueda by the Mexican contemporary artist Teresa Margolles at the Migros Museum.