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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.
- Art history
- Visual culture
- History of architecture
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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
Rijks, M., 2022, Harvey Miller Publishers. 278 p. (Studies in Baroque Art)
Research output: Book/Report › Book › Research
Conchophilia: Shells, Art, and Curiosity in Early Modern Europe, edited by Marisa Anne Bass, Anne Goldgar, Hanneke Grootenboer and Claudia SwanRijks, M., 1 Sep 2022, In: Early Science and Medicine. 2022, p. 303-306 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Martens, P., 2022, Philippe II et la lutte pour l’Europe : Guerre et révolte au XVIe siècle. Tielt: Racine, p. 215-228
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › Research › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
How did Belgian artists oppose the modernist attitude towards (sub)urbanization and natural open space during the sixties and seventies?Schraeyen, S., 12 Sep 2022.
Research output: Unpublished contribution to conference › Poster
Katrien Verbeke (Contributor)2022 → 2023
Activity: Membership › Work on academic committees and working groups
PhD defence Sanne Fleur Sinnige: “Re-Presenting the Past: The Time-Based Return of Belgian Colonial History in Contemporary Art and Cinema (1986-2016)” (Event)
Pieter Martens (Chair)23 May 2022
Activity: Membership › Member of PhD committee
Pieter Martens (Reviewer)3 Feb 2022 → 4 Feb 2022
Activity: Membership › Membership of peer-review panel or committee
In de coulissen van het museum....De moord op Marat. een nieuwe kijk op het meesterwerk van Jacques-Louis David ( 1748-1825).Uiteenzetting met bezoek aan het laboratorium voor onderzoek van kunstwerken van het CEA ( Uliège) n.a.v. de tentoonstelling 'De moord op Marat', voor de Universitaire Stichting.
Francisca Estella Vandepitte (Speaker)14 Jun 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation › Talk at a festival/exhibition