13 Jun 2023

Why go beyond the "modern" framework?

Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Paris, France
The École des modernités At the Institut Giacometti

Modernity is often thought of for its own sake, but is rarely observed on the scale of the long history of human creation. And what if the purpose of "modernity" were only to pay tribute to Baudelaire, in other words to the man who desperately wanted to combine the new and the old in the same historical movement, in the same world inhabited by forms from the beginning? Then the "modern moment", however powerful it may be, would quickly fade away in the cluttered universe of "events" or "turning points".

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Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


Laurence Bertrand Dorléac is an art historian and university professor at Sciences Po.  Author of numerous texts and exhibitions, she has notably published: Histoire de l'art. Paris 1940-1944, 1986; L'Art de la défaite, 1993; Art of the Defeat, 2009; L'Ordre sauvage. Violence, dépense et sacré dans l'art des années 1950-1960, 2004; Contre-déclin. Monet et Spengler dans les jardins de l’histoire, 2012, Pour en finir avec la nature morte, 2020. She has participated in the curatorship of: L'art en guerre, France 1938-1947, Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2012; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Artistes & Robots, Grand Palais, 2018; Les choses, Une histoire de la nature morte, Musée du Louvre, 2022.

Tuesday 13 June 2023 at 6.30 PM
At the Giacometti Lab or live on YouTube

French lecture given by Laurence Bertrand Dorléac 

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