Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas – Colloquium
Cover of the exhebition »Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas«
Thu, October 13, 2016 – Fri, October 14, 2016, Symposium

As part of the »Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilder Atlas. Reconstruction – Commentary – Update« exhibition, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe invites you to an international colloquium on 13th and 14th October 2016. Leading personalities in Warburg research will present their new findings over these two days and expand the exhibition to include the latest state of discussion.

With the exhibition curated by Roberto Ohrt and Axel Heil, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is presenting a complete reconstruction of the Mnemosyne Image Atlas in original format, along with two boards with the original diagrams that Aby Warburg himself used.

The Image Atlas is indisputably the last major work by the recognised Hamburg-based cultural historian, but remained incomplete due to his sudden death in October 1929 and had only rarely been analysed in greater detail before the end of the 20th century. The 63 boards – a monumental fragment with close to a thousand images and without explanatory text – has acquired legendary status in the last 50 years, through which many normally defensive speculations and fewer substantiated assessments have circulated. In the field of art and cultural history, the Atlas is still a challenging exception, which has not been imitated. The exhibition in the ZKM is presenting this unusual piece for the first time with a detailed commentary on all the boards and aims to put up for discussion Warburg’s invention on this basis as an instrument of research.



Thursday, Oktober 13, 2016 

3:30 pm

Guided tour with Axel Heil and Roberto Ohrt, curators of the exhibition »Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas.« 
Meeting point: ZKM foyer. Fee: museum admission. Please register by sending an E-Mail to aby.warburg@zkm.de.

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5 pmOppening of the ColloquiumLecture Hall

Welcome by Peter Weibel (CEO ZKM) and Siegfried Zielinski (Rector HfG Karlsruhe)

5:30–7:00 pmClaudia Wedepohl (Head of the archive ot the Warburg Institute London): System und Systematik. Die Anfänge von Warburgs Atlas-Projekt 

Friday, October 14, 2016


9 am–11 am

Thomas Hensel: »Laboratorium« und »zentrale Apparatur« oder wie aus einem Ingenieurgestelltisch Warburgs Bilderatlas wurde

Lecture Hall
 Philippe-Alain Michaud: Aby Warburg and the Stage of Art History 
11–11:30 amcoffee break 
11:30 am–12:30 pmWerner Rappl: Bildstörung. Warburg der Unbequeme 
12:30–2 pmLunch break 
2–4:30 pm

Giovanna Targia: Eine »organisch geglückte Umformung des Erbes der Antike«. Aby Warburg und Fritz Saxl gegen die Nationalisierung der Kunst Rembrandts

 Matthias Bruhn: Schlagmuster 
 Joacim Sprung: tba