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The research unit Histories of Art, Architecture and Visual Culture (VISU) offers a platform for fundamental research on the history and theory of art, architecture and visual culture from the early modern period up to the present. It studies not only the artistic and architectural practice, the material object and the spatial environment, but also the broader cultural, historical and societal context, which often relates to current themes such as new media, visualisation of conflict and war, urbanisation, sustainability, multiculturality and globalisation. Key questions concern the circulation of images, artefacts, practices and knowlegde across boundaries. These cross-overs are understood as mutual interactions between the different arts and as exchanges between different cultures, traditions, regions or periods. The scientific research within VISU is structured around three closely interwoven research lines:
• Histories of Architecture
This research line focuses on the history of architecture, urbanism and the decorative arts from the early modern period up to the present. Particular attention goes to the Low Countries (early modern period) in a European perspective and to Belgium (from the 19th century) in a global context. In line with the tradition of architectural history, research is carried out on all aspects of the built environment: from planning, design and execution of buildings to their interior design, decoration, use, reception, typological development and theorisation. At the same time the focus on architecture is broadened by studying also the multiple interactions with neighbouring domains: on the one hand with science and technology, among others via research on engineering and building techniques (cf. construction history); on the other with the arts and visual culture, among others via research on the oeuvre of artists-architects and the representation of architecture and cities in the visual arts (cf. urban iconography).
• Early Modern Art and Visual Culture
In extension of the previous research line, this line studies European early modern art and visual culture in a global perspective. Anchored in the art-historical tradition by an object-oriented approach, the aim is to broaden the monographic view and look at interactions between objects, images, makers and beholders, thus mapping the broader visual culture. Special expertise concerns the circulation of artworks and artefacts in networks of artists, scholars and merchants in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Low Countries. The study of canonical works by Bruegel and Rubens, among others, as well as anonymous pamphlets and news prints, in connection with material and literary culture and socio-political contexts, aims to reintegrate early modern images and objects in the societal debates and reflections of their time, often resonating today: knowledge explosion, new media, political and confessional polarisation, climate, globalisation, urbanisation, interrogation and meditation.
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OZR3844: Bilateral cooperation within the framework of a joint doctoral project: benchfee for joint PhD VUB - UGent, NUYTINCK Bart
19/04/21 → 18/04/25
OZR3727: Bilateral cooperation within the framework of a joint doctoral project: benchfee for joint PhD VUB - UGent, VANDORMAEL Thomas
27/01/21 → 26/01/25
1/11/20 → 30/11/22
Diels, A. & Janssens, E. L.
1/10/15 → 30/09/16
Project: Policy Based
Meganck, T., 2021, The Bruegel Success Story: Papers presented at Symposium XXI for the Study of Underdrawings and Technology in Painting, Brussels, 12-14 September 2018. Currie, C. (ed.). Peeters Publishers, p. 413-424 11 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › Research › peer-review
Martens, P., 2021, In : Print Quarterly. 38, 3, p. 316-319 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
De monnik en de kroonprins: Profane projecten van kerkelijk ontwerper Dom Martin tijdens het interbellumGoubert, K., Apr 2021, In : Tijdschrift voor Interieurgeschiedenis en Design. 43, p. 65-83 18 p., 4.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
From Amateur Video to New Documentary Formats: Citizen Journalism and a Reconfiguring of Historical KnowledgeRuchel-Stockmans, K., 2021, Media and Mapping Practices in the Middle East and North Africa: Producing Space. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, p. 139-158
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen Access
Packet, T., 4 Nov 2021, Brussel: ASP / VUBPRESS. 228 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book › Research
Steden en stadsbelegeringen geportretteerd “naer het leven” in het prentwerk van Cornelis Anthonisz, Antoon van den Wijngaerde en Hieronymus Cock (1520−1565)Pieter Martens (Speaker)16 Jan 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation › Talk at an external academic organisation
Senne Schraeyen (Speaker)27 May 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation › Talk at a school event