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080050 SE Seminar: Brazil in Exhibition: 20th Century Art in Brazil as Viewed in Exhibitions (2017W)

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max. 20 participants
Language: English

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The two Lectures in October will be to introduce Brazilian Art in the 20th Century, discuss the four study cases of exhibitions chosen to be analyzed along the course, and to present the main references.

Tuesday 10.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Wednesday 11.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-20
Monday 15.01. 09:00 - 12:05 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 16.01. 13:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Wednesday 17.01. 13:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 1 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-07
Thursday 18.01. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Monday 22.01. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Taking as a point of departure four major exhibitions of Brazilian Art organized in the last two decades, we intend to analyze with the students the point of revision of the historiography of Brazilian Art, and what it has imprinted as a new profile for the visual arts in the country, and what has been left out of the original history of modern and contemporary art in Brazil. The exhibitions to be studied are:
24th Bienal de São Paulo, 1998, São Paulo – the so-called “Anthropophagy Biennial”, which brought to light the modernist experiences from the second-half of the 1920s into the scene and borrowed from them the notion of “anthropophagy” as a cultural practice
Brazil, Body and Soul, 2001, New York – a synthesized version of the major national exhibition on Brazilian Art that celebrated the 500 years of discovery of the country in São Paulo, 2000 (Mostra do Redescobrimento)
Da Antropofagia a Brasília, 2001-2002, which toured in Spain and in São Paulo and marked the revision and republication of original studies in modern art in Brazil
Histórias mestiças, 2014, São Paulo, which happened only in Brazil, but had an international reception

From these case studies, we will review the images projected from Art in Brazil and the notion of Brazilian Art, as well as its relations with the international context. For the seminars, students will be required to present on the following topics:
1. Issues of identity in regard to the notion of Brazilian art
2. What is the Brazilian Avant-Garde?
3. Art and colonial history in Brazil
4. transnationalism and immigration in Brazil
5. Art criticism in the making of Brazilian art historiography
6. High and Low Brow in Brazil
7. “Condemnation to the Modern”
8. Brazilian art and globalization: The case of the São Paulo Biennial
9. The myth of racial democracy in Brazil
10. Internal colonialism and exoticism
Each of the topics will be tackled so as to prepare students for the oral seminars and final written paper.

Assessment and permitted materials

One part of the evaluation will be based on the topics numbered above, which will be presented in oral seminars, each by two students.
The second part of the evaluation will be a final written paper on one of the Brazilian exhibitions chosen for the course and the way they relate to any of the topics above.
For the final written paper, to be handed in individually, this should not exceed 40.000 signs (Time News Roman, 12 pt, 1,5 space), considering the bibliography, notes, and quotations.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Good level of English, both for conversation and reading. Seminars and final papers to be presented in English. I am open to discuss the possibility of final paper being handed in in German.

Examination topics

For the seminars:
1. Issues of identity in regard to the notion of Brazilian art
2. What is the Brazilian Avant-Garde?
3. Art and colonial history in Brazil
4. transnationalism and immigration in Brazil
5. Art criticism in the making of Brazilian art historiography
6. High and Low Brow in Brazil
7. “Condemnation to the Modern”
8. Brazilian art and globalization: The case of the São Paulo Biennial
9. The myth of racial democracy in Brazil
10. Internal colonialism and exoticism

For the final paper: Choose one of the exhibitions analyzed in the course, which are:
24th Bienal de São Paulo, 1998, São Paulo – the so-called “Anthropophagy Biennial”, which brought to light the modernist experiences from the second-half of the 1920s into the scene and borrowed from them the notion of “anthropophagy” as a cultural practice
Brazil, Body and Soul, 2001, New York – a synthesized version of the major national exhibition on Brazilian Art that celebrated the 500 years of discovery of the country in São Paulo, 2000 (Mostra do Redescobrimento)
Da Antropofagia a Brasília, 2001-2002, which toured in Spain and in São Paulo and marked the revision and republication of original studies in modern art in Brazil
Histórias mestiças, 2014, São Paulo, which happened only in Brazil, but had an international reception.

Reading list

Cat. Exh. Mostra do redescobrimento (volumes on Modern and Contemporary Art.). São Paulo: Associação Brasil 500 anos / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, 2000.
Herkenhoff, Paulo & Pedrosa, Adriano (eds.). Cat. Exh. 24a. Bienal de São Paulo: Núcleo histórico: Antropofagia e histórias de canibalismo. São Paulo: Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, 1998.
Pedrosa, Adriano & Schwarcz, Lilia Moritz (eds.). Cat. Exh. Histórias mestiças. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Cobogó, 2014.
Schwarz, Jorge (ed.). Cat. Exh. Da antropofagia a Brasília: Brasil, 1920-1950. São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2002.
Sullivan, Edward (ed.). Cat. Exp. Brazil Body and Soul. New York: The Guggenheim Museum, 2001.

Other 5 short essays will be indicated for reading in October. All in ENGLISH

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