Bard College Berlin Presents
Symposium: On the Abyss of Pictures
Thursday, August 31, 2023 – Friday, September 1, 2023
St. Matthäus-Kirche, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten.
"To write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric," Theodor W. Adorno noted in 1949 - and in doing so, he also questioned other forms of artistic engagement with the Holocaust. The exhibition On the Abyss of Pictures (Am Abgrund der Bilder) by the German-British artist Michael Anthony Müller takes a commentative look at Gerhard Richter's Birkenau Cycle in the New National Gallery and poses the question of how the Holocaust was dealt with in art.
What could be appropriate artistic forms of remembrance? How can we approach the human catastrophe of the Shoah in pictures? Internationally renowned image scholars, philosophers and philosophers of religion will discuss these questions at the public symposium. The symposium will be opened with a lecture by Professor Benjamin Buchloh on August 31 at 7:00 p.m. On September 1, renowned scholars such as Professor Almut Shulamit Bruckstein, Professor Thomas Macho, and Lukas Töpfer will discuss various approaches to these questions. The day will conclude with a discussion with Michael Anthony Müller and key experts.
Guests are most welcome to attend the opening lecture by Benjamin Buchloh, individual sessions of the symposium, and/or the closing discussion with the artist Michael Müller as they wish. A participation of the whole program is not required.
For more information, a detailed program, and to register please visit On the Abyss of Pictures.
For more information, e-mail [email protected],
or visit https://stiftung-stmatthaeus.de/veranstaltungen/symposium-am-abgrund-der-bilder/.
Location: St. Matthäus-Kirche, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten.