Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp, Berlin:
THE SWIMMING SOVEREIGN
Charlemagne and the political iconology of the body
University Copenhagen, The Department of Art and Cultural Studies (IKK) / HUM Campus, Copenhagen: Auditorium 23.0.50
15. November 2013, Friday, 15-17.00
Horst Bredekamp (born 1947 in Kiel) studied art history, archeology, philosophy and sociology in Kiel, Munich, Berlin and Marburg. In 1974 he received his doctorate at the Philipps-Universität Marburg with a thesis on art as a medium of social conflicts. In 1982 he was appointed professor of art history at the University of Hamburg, in 1993 he moved to the Humboldt University Berlin. Since 2003 he has been a Permanent Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, in 2005 the Gadamer-endowed chair. Bredekamp visited the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1991), Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (1992), Getty Center, Los Angeles (1995 and 1998) and the Collegium Budapest (1999).
The Art- and visual research of Horst Bredekamp is characterized by an enormous breadth and interdisciplinary. It covers topics from Antiquity to contemporary art, and reaches both in the media- and in the natural sciences. The research foci of Horst Bredekamp are Iconoclastic Fury, sculpture of the Romanesque, art of the Renaissance and Mannerism, political iconography, art and technology, new media. In 2000 he founded the project "The technical picture" at the Hermann von Helmholtz-Centre for Agricultural Engineering (PAC) of the Humboldt University Berlin, which developed under his leadership visually critical methods, a theory of pictorial knowledge in the fields of science and technology and medical visualizations. Since 2008 Bredekamp has directed the newly established DFG-Kolleg research group "Picture Act and embodiment" at the Humboldt University Berlin.