Research

My fields of research are:

– War in Contemporary Art
– Memorial Culture / Public Art
– Contemporary Art from the Middle East
– Minimal Art / Arte Povera / Conceptual Art
– Curatorial Practice
– German Expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeit
– Artists and the First World War

Works in Progress:

Book Project:
Recent Mourning and Memorializing Practices by Artists in Response to War

Article: The Politics of Anti-War Painting. Why Otto Dix’ War Triptych Failed.

I wrote my dissertation on “Otto Dix und der Erste Weltkrieg: Die Natur des Menschen in der Ausnahmesituation” [Otto Dix and World War I: The Nature of Man Revealed through an Exceptional Situation].

Recent Talks

Merging Persian/Iranian and Western Artistic Strategies in the Way Contemporary Iranian Artists Respond to War: Shiva Ahmadi and Shoja Azari

Iranian Contemporary Art – Searching for Identity? International Conference at
Kunstverein Bonn, chaired by Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Bonnet and HD Dr. Katharina
Corsepius, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Section Art History,
The University of Bonn, May 2012

Paper at the CAA in Los Angeles on February 24, 2012:
Keeping the Wound Open. The Paradox of Whitewashing Ruins. Lida Abdul and Sigalit Landau
within the section Out of Rubble, chaired by Susanne Slavick

Books published

Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Museum Guide (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 1999), with essays on Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Robert Mangold, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Lawrence Weiner

Hanne Darboven: Menschen und Landschaften [People and Landscapes], Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, on the occasion of the exhibition, 1999; introductory essay „Hanne Darboven: Menschen und Landschaften,“ reprinted in Hanne Darboven: Ein Reader, ed. Zdenek Felix (Cologne: Oktagon, 1999) 157-163, reprint of essay in exhibition catalog, Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen 1999

Articles published (selection)

Documenting War by Archiving the Mega-Archive. The Viewer as the Authority of History Production,
The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
, Vol. 4, ed. Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois, 2011)

The Politics of Mourning. Contemporary Artists Revive and Reinvent Mourning Rituals in Responding to Loss in War,The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol. 6, ed. Bill Cope (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois, 2011)

The Love-Hate Relationship of Artists and Museums. Towards a New Court Art?,” in Embrace, ed. Gwen Chanzit (Denver Art Museum, 2009) 28-45

The Stones of Rome,” in Lawrence Weiner: Quid pro Quo, ed. Gagosian Gallery, Rome 2008

Ein perfekter Skandal. Der Schützengraben von Otto Dix zwischen Kritik und Verfemung,” [A perfect scandal: Otto Dix’s The Trench between Critique and Ostracism] in Das Verfemte Meisterwerk. Schicksalswege moderner Kunst im Dritten Reich, Schriftenreihe der Forschungsstelle Entartete Kunst, Vol. 3, ed. Uwe Fleckner (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2008) 49-74, reviewed in Die Zeit

“Carl Andre, Art + Language, Donald Judd, Ad Reinhardt, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Sol LeWitt,’” in Das Schwarze Quadrat: Hommage an Malewitsch, ed. Hubertus Gaßner (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2007), Catalog of an exhibition held at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2007, 106-12

“This and this and this. Die ‘Serial Attitude’ in der Minimal Art,” in Monets Vermächtnis: Serie, Ordnung und Obsession, ed. by Uwe M. Schneede (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2001), 33-40, Catalog of an exhibition held at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2001/2002

“’Nichts soll mich mehr aus der ‘Fassung’ bringen, bitte, nicht zu vergessen!!’ Die Kriegsgeneration – Meidner, Dix, Felixmüller, Kollwitz, Hofer und Beckmann,“ in Im Zentrum: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Eine Hamburger Privatsammlung, Hamburger Kunsthalle 2001 (Hamburg: Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2001), catalog for an exhibition held at Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kirchner Museum, Davos, and Brücke Museum, Berlin, 2001-2002, 121-124

“Norma Lilienthal und Astrid Blütenstaub, oder: Die Vier Damen von Grill 5,“ a project by Annemarie Bucher, Eva Keller, Pipilotti Rist and Käthe Walser, in Hier Da und Dort: Kunst in Singen, Internationales Kunstprojekt im Öffentlichen Raum, Singen am Hohentwiel, ed. Manfred Seiler, Michael Brunner, Christoph Bauer (Landesgartenschau Singen, Darmstadt 2000), 134-140

“Wo sonst ist das Morgen zu finden? Die Bedeutung der Kulturellen Tradition im Werk von Jannis Kounellis” [Where else is Tomorrow to be found? The Meaning of the Cultural Tradition in the Work of Jannis Kounellis], in Jannis Kounellis, ed. Uwe M. Schneede (Hamburger Kunsthalle, 1995) 48-57

“Feuer, Rauch und Ruß im Werk von Jannis Kounellis: Bilder für die verändernde Kraft des Schöpferischen” [Fire, Smoke and Soot in the Work of Jannis Kounellis: Images for the Transformative Power of Creativity] in Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch, Vol. LVI, Cologne 1995, 255-272

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