Artist from a Fragmented World
25 + 26 October 2012
Program accompanying the special exhibition "R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007) Obsessions"
From the 1960s, R.B. Kitaj with his figurative style attracted the attention and appreciation of the London and the international art scene.
The first part of the symposium entitled "R.B. Kitaj and the Heroes of the Modernism" will explore his innovative artistic contribution as a draftsman, painter, and interpreter of his art.
The second part entitled "Diasporic Art - At Eye Level with Freud and Kafka" considers identity in the modern age, which became a major theme of Kitaj's life and work. In his analysis of his own "Jewishness," he derived the idea and concept of a "Jewish" art from the experience of Diasporic existence.
Thursday 25 October 2012
3 pm: Words of Welcome
Cilly Kugelmann, Jewish Museum Berlin and Robert Kudielka, Academy of the Arts, Berlin
3 – 5.45 pm: The Artist
Robert Kudielka: "Going to Bed with History" – Some observations on R.B. Kitaj’s painting from his early London years
Eckhart Gillen: R.B. Kitaj’s Studio as a "Museum of Obsessions" – A search for identity with heightened senses in the fields of art history, psychoanalysis and Messianism
Michael S. Cullen: Questions of a Reading Painter
Moderator: Michael Diers
6.15 – 7 pm: Guided Tour / Film about R. B. Kitaj
Tour led by the curator Eckhart Gillen through the exhibition "R. B. Kitaj (1932 – 2007) Obsessions" or: "Kitaj…In the Picture," Documentary by Jake Auerbach, UK 1994, original English version, 40 min.)
7.30 pm: Lecture
David N. Myers: Kitaj – Commentary on an Eccentric Jewish Life
Friday 26 October 2012
10 am – midday: The Tate War
Antony Lerman: British Society and the Tate War
Anne Vira Figenschou: Dialogue of Revenge. The Sandra-Series
Moderation: Cilly Kugelmann
1 – 1.45 pm: Guided Tour / Film about R.B. Kitaj
Tour led by the curator Eckhart Gillen through the exhibition "R. B. Kitaj (1932 – 2007) Obsessions" or: "Kitaj…In the Picture," Documentary by Jake Auerbach, UK 1994, Original English version, 40 min.)
2 – 4 pm: Diaspora
Isolde Charim: Diasporic Society
Yael Bartana: And Europe will be Stunned?
Moderator: Inka Bertz
25 + 26 October 2012, 25 October, 3pm-8.30pm, 26 October, 10am-4pm
Old Building, second level, Great Hall
Online registration (in German) is available for the symposium
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 353
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 330
A cooperation with the Berlin Academy of the Arts and the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Online registration (in German) is available for the symposium.
The "Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der Stiftung Jüdisches Museum Berlin e.V.", Dr. Friedrich Christian Flick, and the Embassy of the United States of America.