Monday, 21st November 2016 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM
City, movement, and bodily perception have been conceptualized together for a long time. The sensory perception of a public space provides insights that are equally significant to those gained by research in libraries and cartography. City field trips and excursions, travelling, the science of strolling or ‘promenadology’, careful observations of everyday life, intense involvement with the locality, and the banality of transitory places, all play an important role in the emerging urban studies of the twentieth century.
The examination of art in public space, therefore is an active agent to make people more aware of the environment, and let them see it in a different way. It has a long-standing practice in Germany, especially during the last six decades after World War II – one can read through art, the social clima of a certain time and its questions, conflicts included.
Join us for a talk featuring Prof. Dr. Bernhart Schwenk, who will talk about it’s history and current discourse surrounding contemporary public art, art intervention, and social critique of space. He will also discuss the meaning of public space presenting significant examples of art works, the contexts of their commission, installation and the way they have been received.
Prof. Dr. Bernhart Schwenk is an art historian and has been chief curator of contemporary art at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich since 2002.
Having graduated in art history and modern history at the universities of Mainz, Cologne and Bonn, Schwenk obtained his doctorate in 1991 with a dissertation on German painter, Blinky Palermo. He started working as a curatorial assistant at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main before moving to Munich where he took the position of an exhibition curator at the Haus der Kunst from 1993 to 2001.
In 2002, he was appointed chief curator of the Department of Contemporary Art in the freshly opened Pinakothek der Moderne.
Schwenk holds teaching posts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich as well as at the Otto Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. From 2003 to 2007, he was a member of the acquisiton committee for the Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany. Numerous publications, lectures and exhibitions reflect the broad range of his preoccupation with art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – in painting, sculpture, installation and media art, also in relation to other forms of art such as dance or film.
This event is a joint collaboration between Goethe-Institut Karachi (Pakistan), Lahore Biennale Foundation, Vasl Artists’ Collective and The Second Floor (T2F).
When: Monday, 21st November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)