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Ernst Kris. Art History, Psychoanalysis, and Communication Studies
Lecture by Rudolf Preimesberger as Part of the Lecture Series "Banned Scholarship: Portraits of Jewish Art Historians in Exile" (in German)
In his lecture, art historian Rudolf Preimesberger considers the contributions of Ernst Kris’s life’s work to art history, describing his life as a story of repeated alienation.
With introductory remarks by Alessandro Della Latta.
The 1934 study Legend, Myth, and Magic in the Image of the Artist by Ernst Kris and Otto Kurz remains a classic of art history. Born in 1900 in Vienna, Kris was a curator at the Art History Museum, a practicing psychoanalyst, and the publisher of the scholarly journal Imago: Zeitschrift für Anwendung der Psychoanalyse auf die Geisteswissenschaften (Imago: A journal of applied psychoanalysis in the humanities), founded by Sigmund Freud. After emigrating – first to London, then to New York – he conducted a scholarly analysis of Nazi propaganda for the BBC and later established a research program into totalitarian propaganda before turning his focus to the psychoanalytic study of childhood development.
Part of the lecture series Banned Scholarship: Portraits of Jewish Art Historians in Exile in collaboration with the Supporters’ Association of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Jewish Community of Berlin.