International Colloquium, 3 to 5 December 2012

An international colloquium was held jointly with the Akademie der Künste Berlin. Scholars from Germany and abroad presented their most recent research in various sections of the colloquium. The topics sketched out Will Grohmann’s most important fields of activity: his national and international politics of advocacy, his activities as a critic and curator, his relationship to select artists like Kirchner, Klee, Kandinsky, Baumeister, and others. His close contacts to art dealers and collectors were also addressed, and a comparative approach examined his role in art criticism and art and cultural politics. In this, he was compared to his fellow critics Franz Roh, Herbert Read, Bruno E. Werner, Anthony Thwaites, and Werner Haftmann.

The colloquium took place on 3 and 4 December in the Hans-Nadler-Saal of Dresden’s Residenzschloss. On 4 December 2012, the 125th anniversary of Will Grohmann’s birth, the winner of the Will-Grohmann-Preis was announced. This prize is awarded annually by the Akademie der Künste Berlin to ‘young painters, graphic artists, and sculptors who display talent and originality’ (Will Grohmann’s bequest of 1967).

The third colloquium day, 5 December, took place in Berlin, in the Akademie’s historic rooms on Hanseatenweg. Here, the colloquium ended with a panel discussion with important critics on questions of art criticism then and today.

Download the detailled program of the colloquium.