Art Collecting and Art Patronage in Modernist Europe (ca 1880-1939) UKSW-ACAP
The course introduces art collecting and art patronage as an essential cultural and social phenomenon in modernist Europe. The 15 meetings will discuss the history of European collecting and the methodology of collecting studies. The goal of the course is not only to show different national aspects of collecting but also to observe how it shaped various fields of the cultural and social life of the era. The course will be an opportunity to learn about collecting as an universal, transnational phenomenon in culture.
Titles of Lectures:
1. Collecting and Modernism: Introduction with Historiographical and Methodological Assumptions.
2. Art Collecting in Poland (Part 1): Aristocracy and its Role in the 19th Century.
3. Art Collecting in Poland (Part 2): Bourgeoisie and New Forms of Civic Patronage Introduced during Modernism.
4. Art Collecting in Poland (Part 3): Polish Intelligentsia and its Art Collecting between 1918 and 1939.
5. Paris. The Capitol of European Modernism.
6. Berlin and its Art Collecting Scene till 1933.
7. Art Collecting in Former German Provinces before 1939: Prussia and Silesia.
8. British and American Art Collecting.
9. Russia: Collecting in Moscow and St. Peterburg.
10. Collecting and its Influence on Museums Development (Part 1).
11. Collecting and its Influence on Museums Development (Part 2).
12. Creation of Modern European Art Market.
13. Collecting as Social Practice (Part 1): Collectors of Jewish Origin and their Strategies of Legitimising National Identity.
14. Collecting as Social Practice (Part 2): Women-Collectors and Emancipation.
15. Summary of the Course.
Dyscyplina naukowa, do której odnoszą się efekty uczenia się
Grupa przedmiotów ogólnouczenianych
Symbol/Symbole kierunkowe efektów uczenia się
1. Learning results:
EK1 - The student recognises the most important European art collections established between 1880-1939 and knows their origin history;
EK2 - The student understands and can explain the relationship between art collecting and museums development;
EK3 - The student knows the basic aspects of the art market history.
EK4 - The student recognises and is able to explain the meaning of a collection as a cultural and socio-psychological phenomenon.
EK5 – The student indicates the most significant aspects of the postmodern methodology used in material culture studies and implements them while independently studying the history of collecting.
EK6 - The student provides a critical evaluation of convictions about collecting established in historical discourse.
EK5 - The student is sensitised to and conscious of the complexity of the relationship between culture and the social sphere.
EK6 - The student is able to conduct interdisciplinary research on the history of collecting and provide a small written sample of it (study case).
2. Description of ECTS (student's activity and work hours needed to complete the course):
a). Participation in the lecture: 30 hours;
b). Studying the literature for the lecture: 40 hours;
c). Independent research of a chosen art collecting study case for a final essay: 15 hours;
d). Preparation of an essay: 5 hours;
Total of 90 hours [90/30 = 3]
Number of ECTS 3
Students are required to write an essay on the self-chosen study case based on their own research (ca 22 500 characters). The evaluation will assess:
1. The ability to choose cases and problems included in the final essay and to analyse critically from a broader historical perspective.
2. The ability to implement the methodology of collecting studies.
3. The language and style of the final essay.
Absence from classes will reduce the final assessment. Further detailed assessment criteria will be given to participants during the course.
BAEKELAND Frederick, Psychological aspects of art collecting, in: Interpreting Objects and Collections, ed. S. M. Pearce, London–New York 1994, pp. 205-219.
BAL Mieke, Telling Objects. A Narrative Perspective on Collecting, in: The Cultures of Collecting, red. J. Elsner, R. Cardinal, Londyn 1994, pp. 97-115.
BAUDRILLARD Jean, The System of Collecting, w: The Cultures of Collecting, ed. J. Elsner, R. Cardinal, London 1994, pp. 7-24.
BELK Russell W., Possessions and the Extended Self, „Journal of Consumer Research” 1988, Nr 15, pp. 139–168.
BELK Russell W., Collecting in a Consumer Society, Routledge-London-New York 1995.
CIEŚLIŃSKA-LOBKOWICZ Nawojka, Dealing with Jewish Cultural Property in Post-war Poland, „Art, Antiquity and Law” 2009, T. XIV, nr 2, pp. 143–166.
CLIFFORD James, Collecting ourselves, w: Interpreting Objects and Collections, ed. S. M. Pearce, Londyn–Nowy Jork 1994, pp. 258–268.
ELSNER John, CARDINAL Roger, ed., The Cultures of Collecting, London 1994.
GRODZIŃSKI Veronika, French Impressionism and German Jews. The Making of Modernist Art Collectors and Art Collections in Imperial Germany 1896-1914, University College London 2005, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1444726/1/ U592035.pdf (access 20.01.2019).
GRODZINSKI Veronika, Longing and belonging. French Impressionism and Jewish Patronage, in: Longing, Belonging, and the Making of Jewish Consumer Culture, red. G. Reuveni, N. H. Roemer, Leiden 2010, s. 91-112.
HIGONNET Anne, A Museum of One’s Own. Private Collecting, Public Gift, Pittsburgh 2009.
PEARCE Susan M., ed., Interpreting Objects and Collections, London–New York 1994.
PEARCE Susan M., On Collecting. An investigation in the European Tradition, London–New York 2001.
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