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Artistic knowledge goes beyond canons and competence

The Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies takes into account that the job profiles and professional fields of art college graduates have considerably diversified and extended in recent years. An increasing interest in the forms of production and knowledge developing in modern and contemporary art as well as in (audio)visual culture may be observed in both the academic world and that of art, in the exhibition sector, in educational contexts and in adjacent institutional spheres. Not only from a historical but also from a contemporary perspective, teaching art theory and cultural studies and doing research in this area thus call for a curriculum developed in a mutually deepening exchange with artistic practices and focusing on a range of subjects such as (1) transcultural aesthetics with an emphasis on postcolonial, queer-feminist and capitalism-critical perspectives; (2) artistic knowledge, the history and practice of art, and art criticism; (3) art and popular culture, practice theories, social movements, and alternative and subcultures. Our courses include the reflective development of methodical-terminological and operative instruments for the realization of projects transcending disciplines and institutes. Our colloquia, lecture series and conferences serve to communicate the artistic forms of production and research practiced at an academy of fine arts to the public.

The Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies not only intends to provide students with a profound knowledge of the artistic material and the relevant cultural fields both in terms of theory and practice. Our institute also aims at strengthening methodical and analytical skills which enhance the quality, i.e. the dynamics and elegance, of critical reflection.

Each semester, the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies offers the lecture series ( Ringvorlesung ) "Theoretical approaches/methods" and is mainly responsible for the Master of Critical Studies. Furthermore, it supervises the PhD in Practice Program together with the Institute for Fine Arts.

Upcoming Events

  • The Formation of an Ambience: The First Exhibition of Brazilian Contemporary Art in Austria (1959-1960)

    Lecture by Susanne Neubauer in collaboration with Marcelo Mari as part of the lecture series Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria. 

    Research Webinar

    Online via Zoom

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

    As part of the lecture series
 
  
   Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria.
  
 
 


 
  Coordinators:
 
 Prof. Ana Magalhães (Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo) and Prof. Sabeth Buchmann (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)


 
  Invited scholars and artists:
 
 Claudia Augustat, Ana Avelar, Denilson Baniwa, Jens Baumgarten, Laura Erber, Dominika Glogowski, Christian Kravagna, Guilherme Mata, Susanne Neubauer/ Marcelo Mari, Sérgio Martins, Luís Camillo Osório, Valéria Piccoli, Mariana Sombrio, and Camila Sposati.
  • Reweaving our world(s) anew: decolonial art geographies as spaces of “refuturing”

    In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Lecture by Madina Tlostanova

    mumok kino
    Museumsplatz 1
    1070 Vienna

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

  • Weaving the Old World’s Shroud: Decolonization, Arts, Struggles

    In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Lecture by Françoise Vergès

    Depot – Kunst und Diskussion
    Breite Gasse 3
    1070 Wien

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

  • Invisible Constellations and Sunken Archipelagos

    In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Lecture by Bouchra Khalili

    mumok kino
    Museumsplatz 1
    1070 Vienna

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

  • Breaking Binaries: How Biennials Forged a New Cartography

    In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Lecture by Kate Sutton

    mumok kino
    Museumsplatz 1
    1070 Vienna

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

    Photo of a building with thatched roof, behind it green trees, in the middle the building breaks backwards and gives the space for a large sharp figure with a large round circle as a head and hanging bosom, stairs lead to the elevation to the sculpture.
  • Crit-Cross: A Forum on Art Criticism #17

    In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Discussion moderated by Klaus Speidel

    Depot – Kunst und Diskussion
    Breite Gasse 3
    1070 Vienna

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

  • Lecture by Walaa Alqaisiya

    In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Lecture

    mumok kino
    Museumsplatz 1
    1070 Vienna

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

    Israel's singer Netta Barzilai aka Netta performs with the trophy after winning the final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon,
  • Oleksiy Radynski: Geographies and Infrastructures of Post-Socialism in the context of War

    Oleksiy Radynski in conversation with Aleksei Borisionok and Ruth Jenerbekova. In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Film screening and Discussion

    mumok kino
    Museumsplatz 1
    1070 Wien

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

    Filmstill of a man with glasses driving a car
  • Margareta Kern: Thursday War

    In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Lecture and performance

    Studio Building/ 2. floor, Multi-Purpose Space

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

  • Brandon LaBelle: Towards the work of Acoustic Justice

    In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Presentation

    Studio Building/ 2. floor, Multi-Purpose Space

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

  • Transliterative Tease

    In the context of the Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies.

    Lecture performance by Slavs and Tatars

    Depot – Kunst und Diskussion
    Breite Gasse 3
    1070 Vienna

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

  • The Spring Curatorial Program

    The Spring Curatorial Program 2022: Art Geographies is co-organised by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Verein K in collaboration with Jelena Petrović, who conceptualised and curated the first edition, untitled: Art Geographies (as the result of the FWF research project V-730: The Politics of Belonging – Art Geographies 2019-2023).

    Program

    Various venues

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

  • Flávio de Carvalho – modern experimentalism and its echo in Helio Oiticica and Lygia Pape

    Lecture by Luiz Camillo Osorio as part of the lecture series Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria. 

    Research Webinar

    Online via Zoom

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

    As part of the lecture series
 
  
   Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria.
  
 
 


 
  Coordinators:
 
 Prof. Ana Magalhães (Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo) and Prof. Sabeth Buchmann (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)


 
  Invited scholars and artists:
 
 Claudia Augustat, Ana Avelar, Denilson Baniwa, Jens Baumgarten, Laura Erber, Dominika Glogowski, Christian Kravagna, Guilherme Mata, Susanne Neubauer/ Marcelo Mari, Sérgio Martins, Luís Camillo Osório, Valéria Piccoli, Mariana Sombrio, and Camila Sposati.
  • Antônio Dias in Milan

    Lecture by Sérgio Martins as part of the lecture series Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria.

    Research Webinar

    Online via Zoom

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

    As part of the lecture series
 
  
   Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria.
  
 
 


 
  Coordinators:
 
 Prof. Ana Magalhães (Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo) and Prof. Sabeth Buchmann (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)


 
  Invited scholars and artists:
 
 Claudia Augustat, Ana Avelar, Denilson Baniwa, Jens Baumgarten, Laura Erber, Dominika Glogowski, Christian Kravagna, Guilherme Mata, Susanne Neubauer/ Marcelo Mari, Sérgio Martins, Luís Camillo Osório, Valéria Piccoli, Mariana Sombrio, and Camila Sposati.
  • Austrian Mission in Brazil, 1817

    Lecture by Valéria Piccoli as part of the lecture series Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria. 

    Research Webinar

    Online via Zoom

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

    As part of the lecture series
 
  
   Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria.
  
 
 


 
  Coordinators:
 
 Prof. Ana Magalhães (Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo) and Prof. Sabeth Buchmann (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)


 
  Invited scholars and artists:
 
 Claudia Augustat, Ana Avelar, Denilson Baniwa, Jens Baumgarten, Laura Erber, Dominika Glogowski, Christian Kravagna, Guilherme Mata, Susanne Neubauer/ Marcelo Mari, Sérgio Martins, Luís Camillo Osório, Valéria Piccoli, Mariana Sombrio, and Camila Sposati.
  • Lecture with artist Denilson Baniwa

    As part of the lecture series Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria. 

    Research Webinar

    Online via Zoom

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

    As part of the lecture series
 
  
   Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria.
  
 
 


 
  Coordinators:
 
 Prof. Ana Magalhães (Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo) and Prof. Sabeth Buchmann (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)


 
  Invited scholars and artists:
 
 Claudia Augustat, Ana Avelar, Denilson Baniwa, Jens Baumgarten, Laura Erber, Dominika Glogowski, Christian Kravagna, Guilherme Mata, Susanne Neubauer/ Marcelo Mari, Sérgio Martins, Luís Camillo Osório, Valéria Piccoli, Mariana Sombrio, and Camila Sposati.
  • Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria.

    Coordinators: Prof. Ana Magalhães (Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo) and Prof. Sabeth Buchmann (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)

    Research webinar

    Online via Zoom

    Art Theory and Cultural Studies

    As part of the lecture series
 
  
   Transatlantic Modernities between Brazil and Austria.
  
 
 


 
  Coordinators:
 
 Prof. Ana Magalhães (Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo) and Prof. Sabeth Buchmann (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)


 
  Invited scholars and artists:
 
 Claudia Augustat, Ana Avelar, Denilson Baniwa, Jens Baumgarten, Laura Erber, Dominika Glogowski, Christian Kravagna, Guilherme Mata, Susanne Neubauer/ Marcelo Mari, Sérgio Martins, Luís Camillo Osório, Valéria Piccoli, Mariana Sombrio, and Camila Sposati.