'Gothic Modernisms' is a two-day international conference discussing the legacies, histories and contested identities of European Gothic/early-modern visual cultures in (global) modernity, in particular modernism and the avant-gardes.
The ‘Gothic’ has often been positioned as a pre-modern past in opposition to a modern present, being recognised only through well-known tropes as the ‘middle’, the ‘pre-’, ‘the ‘dark’, the primitive, the barbaric, etc. Yet the Gothic has deeply permeated the culture of (western and global) modernity. It has returned to haunt modern art and culture again and again: from the Gothic revivals of 19th-century Romantic architects, writers and historians, to the neo-medievalism of pre-Raphaelite art; from the Gothic alterities of Symbolism, to Expressionist engagement with the art of a deep gothic past. Indeed, it inspired monumental events such as the 1902 Bruges exhibition Les Primitifs Flamands as much as foundational works such as Worringer’s Formprobleme der Gotik (1911) and Huizinga’s Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen (1919).
Gothic Modernisms is hosted by the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 29 and 30 June, 2017. The programme includes keynote lectures, papers from renowned international scholars and experts, and a private visit to the exhibition Small Wonders: Gothic Miniatures.
The confrence is organized by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Coventry University, the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.