Framing Context: the Punctum of Neo-History Painting

"Until the last decades of the 19th century History Painting was considered the most prestigious genre of art in many European countries and was supported by the academies and the nation state. Then it fell into disrepute and virtually disappeared. Through artistic practice, as well as theoretical reflection, the research project asks the question what a contemporary History Painting would look like given the context of today’s society. With a point of departure in the predominant position of the photographic image in the 21st century media culture, the project addresses the relation between painting and photography in connection to the politics of writing history."

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Lars Olsson ”Contemporary History Painting” © Lars Olsson