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The landscape and the sublime in contemporary art: romantic remains and the interlacing of cultures

Grant number: 11/23061-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Plastic Arts
Principal Investigator:Maria Jose de Azevedo Marcondes
Grantee:Márcia Helena Girardi Piva
Host Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The object of this research focuses on the production of artist Anselm Kiefer, from his exhibition Monumenta 2007, in Grand Palais, Paris, France - analyzing the question of the permanence of romantic project in various aspects of contemporary art - with the purpose of continuing the discussion, existing in the academic and museum environment, on this issue. Thus, this project aims to point out important aspects of contemporary art that transmits the romantic project, with the production of Anselm Kiefer as a mediator of this connection. The romantic project and the works of Kiefer propose a reflection that begins in romanticism and extends nowadays. Anselm Kiefer re-takes the landscape theme in the second half of twenty century and begins to trace connections that encourage us in a philosophical reflection about a confront thoughts with a disconcerting scenery. The transformations throughout history, between the concepts of Landscape and Sublime, in this research, will interlace the ruins of post-war with the current scenarios of destruction, including up especially the environmental destruction, as a new ground for reflection on sufficiently powerful networks that connect many times. Thus deepen some issues discussed in the master dissertation developed by us, entitled "Anselm Kiefer: landscape memory and ruins in the megalopolis" (2010).The analysis of continuity romantic project within many strands of the actual art possibility the beginning of a discussion about the permanence of this project - not restrict only on the artist production in question - extending to a considerable part of contemporary artists. Analyzes on this topic will be the basis for new relations which include the analyze of the works of two Brazilians: Frans Karjberg (Nova Viçosa, BA - 1921) and Carlos Vergara (Rio de Janeiro, RJ - 1941), from the correlations that will be proposed, that somehow might also be in elucidating artists for this thesis. (AU)

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