Provisional Programme

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Gothic Modernisms


A Two Day International Conference

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

29 & 30 June 2017


Provisional Programme

Day 1 – 29 June 2017

9.00-9.30    Registration

9.30-9.40    Welcome – Taco Dibbits, Director of the Rijksmuseum

9.40-9.50    Opening words – Juliet Simpson

9.50-11.10  Panel 1: Gothic ‘Revivals’ – Politics and Poetry of Buildings, Play and Panic

                     Chair: Juliet Simpson (Coventry University)

  • Matthew Reeve (Queen’s University, Kingston/Royal Society of Antiquaries, London): ‘Politics of bodies, politics of buildings: from “play” to “panic” in the Gothic architecture of the long eighteenth century’
  • Jozefien Feynaerts (Ghent University): ‘Le choix du style: neo-Tudor prison gatehouses in 19th-century Belgium’
  • Ole Fischer (Utah University): ‘The birth of modernity from the spirit of Gothic? Henry van de Velde and the figure of the iron cathedral’


11.10-11.30  Coffee & tea

11.30-12.45  Panel 2: Belgian Gothic Modern Interiors/Uncanny Spaces

Chair: Jan-Dirk Baetens (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

  • Dominique Bauer (KU Leuven): ‘Enclosures, windows and mirrors. The Gothic interior in the work of Georges Rodenbach and Xavier Mellery’
  • Aude Campmas (University of Southampton): ‘From Cathedrals to Greenhouses: Gothic Echo’
  • Claire Moran (Queen’s University, Belfast): ‘Moody Princesses at home in Maeterlinck, Rodenbach and Khnopff’


12.45-14.00  Lunch & visit to the Rijksmuseum collections


14.00-15.45  Panel 3: Gothic Alterities at the Fin-de-Siècle

                     Chair: Rachel Esner (University of Amsterdam) 

  • Laura Morowitz (Wagner College, NY): ‘Alt-Deutsch and avant-garde: The prints of Joseph Sattler’
  • Stefan Huygebaert (Ghent University): ‘The image of Gothic law in (anti-)Modernist art’
  • Graça Correa (Lisbon University): ‘Landscapes of the Gothic uncanny in Symbolist theatre’
  • Marja Lahelma (University of Edinburgh/University of Helsinki): ‘Gothic elements in Nordic fin-de-siècle art’


15.45-16.05  Coffee & tea


16.05-17.00  Plenary and Q&A – Professor Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State University, NY): ‘Motor-Flight: Dynamos, Virgins and the Modernist Gothic’
Chair: Tessel M. Bauduin (University of Amsterdam)

17.00-18.00  Visit to the exhibition Small Wonders. Guided tours for conference guests by Ingmar Reesing (UvA) & Frits Scholten (Rijksmuseum)


Day 2 – Friday 30 June 2017
9.00-9.20    Registration

 9.20-9.30    Opening words – Tessel M. Bauduin

9.30-11.15  Panel 4: Gothic Modern Cathedrals Politics and Potencies of Buildings beyond the ‘Gothic’
Chair: Petra Brouwer (University of Amsterdam)

  • Maria Männig (Karlsruhe University of Design): ‘From Schlegel to Le Corbusier: Modern concepts in Hans Sedlmayr’s “Cathedral”’
  • J. Kirk Irwin (Birkbeck College, University of London): ‘Medieval and Modernist space’
  • Robert S. Nelson (Yale University): ‘Modernism and colonialism in the neo-Gothic of Southeast Asia’
  • Matthew Mullane (Princeton University): ‘The cathedral and the pagoda: Itō Chūta’s Gothic world’


11.15-11.45  Coffee & tea

11.45-13.15  Panel 5: Reimagining Gothic Nationalisms and Avant-Gardes
Chair: Jenny Reynaerts (Rijksmuseum)

  • Leena Elina Valkeapää (University of Jyväskylä): ‘Gothic Modern discovered: the process of the art historical expeditions in Finland, 1871–1902’
  • Stephanie Glaser (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): ‘The Gothic spirit: Cultural nationalisms on the eve of World War I’
  • Marjan Groot (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam): ‘Gothic Modernism and Expressionism in the 1920s in the Netherlands’


13.15-14.30  Lunch & visit to the Rijksmuseum collections

14.30-16.15  Panel 6: Contested German Gothic Identities: Legacies, Ideologies, Museums
Chair: Anna Maria von Bonsdorff (Ateneum Finnish National Gallery)

  • William Diebold (Reed College, Portland): ‘The Magdeburg and Bamberg Riders on display in modern Germany’
  • Gitta Ho (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris): ‘George Grosz and the art of Late Gothic’
  • Leone Beiersdorf (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg): ‘Art history’s anthropological turn and its support of Gothic Modernisms’


16.15-16.45  Coffee & tea

16.45-17.30 Round table & closing remarks – Tessel M. Bauduin and Juliet Simpson

17.30     Close of conference

18.00-19.30  Closing Drinks Reception – all Delegates – Van Gogh Museum 

Gothic Modernisms – Rijksmuseum – 29-30 June 2017- programme (provisional)