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Unbounded: the 18th Century Mirrored by the Present

In a unique collaboration with new research and a research-based exhibition, Gothenburg Museum of Art, the Department of Cultural Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, and the Röhsska Museum presents new interpretations of art, crafts, and fashion of the 18th century. The project aims to make objects in visual culture of the 1700s relevant and challenging for contemporary viewers. Furthermore, the project will increase the understanding of the historical context as well as of how images from the 18th century have influenced contemporary visual expressions. Special attention is given to transboundary aspects of the visual culture of the 18th century and how notions of gender are represented and negotiated. During the 1700s, the split between male and female, public and private, nature and culture, and between the arts and other fields, had not yet become as sharp as in the 1800s bourgeois society. The project highlights the traits of 18th-century visual culture which recur and are reinterpreted in our time, such as the androgynous and the decorative. Conversely, contemporary expressions are utilized to highlight the meanings of the material from the 1700s. The study includes analyzes of the relationship of humans to nature, as it is expressed in proto-romantic landscape painting, as well as notions of other cultures, especially China, and how they are readable in various art forms. The results of the research project is presented in an exhibition at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, a scholarly publication in the series Skiascope, and a symposium. Kjellmer’s project explores identity, body and costume from a multisensory perspective.

Project leader: Kristoffer Arvidsson, Gothenburg Museum of Art. Participant researchers at Cultural Sciences: Viveka Kjellmer and Bia Mankell.
Project duration: 2014-2016
Funding: Gothenburg Museum of Art, with printing grants from the Åke Wiberg Foundation, the Gustaf VI Adolf Foundation for Swedish Culture, the Royal Patriotic Society and the Estrid Ericsson Foundation.

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Viveka Kjellmer

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

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Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

+46-(0)31-786 1975

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