The Production of Intimacies

Theoretical Seminar & Critical Meeting

May 12-13, 1:00-6:00 pm. Malunu st. 3 (VDA C1 building), 102 room.

"The Production of Intimacies"

Something happened in the eighteenth century. Artists gradually turned their attention away from historic and mythological scenes towards the private, intimate realm. What do moods and emotions look like when expressed in art? And how can intimacy between people be depicted?
 The concept of intimacy – the sense of being closely attuned to other people, places, spaces or things – has always been in a state of flux, and this holds true in art, too. In the eighteenth century, artists begin to depict intimacy in portraits featuring the artists with their families. In the nineteenth century, they invite observers to enter the intimate spheres of others in works that depict domestic interiors and everyday scenes. The early twentieth century sees the advent of experimental modern art, and at this point artists seek to forge intimate connections between art and observer.

Mikkel Bogh has been the director of Copenhagen’s Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Denmark’s National Gallery, since 2014. An art critic, curator, and art historian, Dr. Bogh previously served as rector of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art’s School of Visual Arts. Until 2005, he held teaching posts at Aaerhus University and the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Art and Culture. Educated at Copenhagen University, he has published widely in newspapers and scholarly publications on topics relating to Western art and culture from the 17th century to the present. He has recently curated the exhibition “CLOSER – Intimacies in Art 1730-1930” at SMK, accompanied by a book-length essay of the same title.

All Seminars, presentations and discussions are held in English and moderated by prof. Henrik B. Andersen.

Theoretical Seminars and Critical Meetings are held at Malunu st. 3 (VDA C1 building), starting 1:00 pm. 


Theoretical Seminars - lectures held by professors, curators and artists from abroad; and Critical Meetings - students art work presentations (may be together with their supervisors) followed by discussions initiated by our guests from abroad.

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