Louisiana invites art-historical academics, museum professionals and curators for a two-day exchange of research and critical debate
on global modernism(s). The symposium is organized by the Louisiana research programme forcusing on Multiple Modernities.
In political, social, geographical and cultural ways the world must be seen as more consistently modernized after 1945 and in much
closer contact with global contemporaneity. In recent years the crucial years of the mid-20th century (after the demarcation line of
1945) have been subject to reassessment and new interest in both academic studies and curatorial activities. Notions of multiple
modernities (Eisenstadt 2000), global modernisms, and even planetary modernisms (Friedman 2015) have heralded a paradigm shift
in the way we think about modernity and aesthetic modernism. Instead of being seen, as a contrast to the pluralist contemporary
characterized by the cultural and political power structures of Western hegemony or the straight lines of High Modernism, and the
depressing shadow of the Cold War threat, the era is being reinterpreted with an intense new interest that redraws the map of well-
known genealogies and classifications. As part of this reassessment the postwar era has become more visible and distinctive. This is
highlighted by epithets such as “Modern”, “Postwar” and “Midcentury”, suggesting a specific experience in a catchy way, but also
pointing to the complexity of multiple and unfamiliar modernisms and the unravelling of longstanding narratives. Moving from these
assumptions we are setting out to redraw the map of modernism, in both geographical locations and thematic territories, with peaks
and fault lines.
Registration fee DKK 750/students DKK 500. The fee includes entrance, coffees and lunches.
Kristian Handberg, Postdoc at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and The University of Copenhagen
Marie Laurberg, Curator at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Flavia Frigeri, Teaching Fellow, UCL - University College London (former Curator, Tate Modern)
Karen Westphal Eriksen, Postdoc, The University of Copenhagen
Questions about the symposium can be addressed to Kristian Handberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
The symposium is supported by: Statens Kunstfond, The Carlsberg Foundation and The University of Copenhagen