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dhr. dr. G.M. (Gregor) Langfeld


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis
  • Bezoekadres
    BG 2
    Turfdraagsterpad 15  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 2,06
  • Postadres:
    Turfdraagsterpad  9
    1012 XT  Amsterdam
  • G.M.Langfeld@uva.nl
    T: 0205253021

Dr. Langfeld was appointed as a specialist in international modernism at the University of Amsterdam in 2011.

One of his main areas of interest is modern German art, in particular the interaction between art, politics, and society during specific periods, not least the years of National Socialism. His interest also extends to the history of art collecting and in the evolution of distinct canons within modern European art. His aim is to understand why the works of certain artists, art and art movements are included in the canon, and regarded as authoritative, whilst others are largely ignored.

Gregor Langfeld was born in Germany and has lived in Amsterdam since 1989. He was the managing editor at Castrum Peregrini, the publishing house originally founded by artists, writers, and intellectuals who fled Nazi Germany, and also acted as editor of the review Castrum Peregrini, which was devoted to art, literature, and cultural history. In addition, he studied art history and literary theory at the Free University Amsterdam; his MA thesis investigated the 'philosophico-aesthetic' principle of romantic irony in the literary and expressive work of the Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters.

Gregor Langfeld began extensive research into the reception of modern German art in the Netherlands, focusing predominantly on the manner in which it was initially collected. All the major Dutch modern art museums participated in the research, resulting in the publication of the book and corresponding exhibition Duitse Kunst in Nederland: Verzamelen, tentoonstellen, kritieken, 1919-1964 (Gemeentemuseum The Hague/Groningen Museum). His Ph.D. at Leiden University was primarily concerned with the procedures relating to canonisation in modern art. The subsequent dissertation was entitled Die Kanonisierung moderner deutscher Kunst in New York, 1904-1957, and it was later published in 2011 by Reimer Verlag (Deutsche Kunst in New York. Vermittler – Kunstsammler – Ausstellungsmacher, 1904–1957) and in 2015 in English by Amsterdam University Press (German Art in New York: The Canonization of Modern Art, 1904–1957). In 2015, Gregor edited the catalogue for the exhibition The Stedelijk Museum and the Second World War, resulting from his earlier research on the provenance of the museum's collection.

Gregor Langfeld: Deutsche Kunst in New York. Vermittler - Kunstsammler - Ausstellungsmacher, 1904-1957.

Berlin: Reimer Verlag, 2011. 240 pp.

Gregor Langfeld: German Art in New York: The Canonization of Modern Art between 1904 and 1957.

Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015. 232 pp.

 

Gregor Langfeld et al. ( Ed.): The Stedelijk Museum and the Second World War.

Amsterdam: Bas Lubberhuizen/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2015.

Gregor Langfeld et al. (Ed.): Het Stedelijk in de oorlog.

Amsterdam: Bas Lubberhuizen/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2015.

 

Gregor Langfeld: Duitse kunst in Nederland. Verzamelen, tentoonstellen, kritieken, 1919-1964.

The Hague: Gemeentemuseum, and Zwolle: WaandersUitgevers, 2004. 408 pp.

This book presents the turbulent history of the collections of modern German art in Dutch museums during three distinct periods: 1919-33, 1934-45, and 1946-64. In addition to the focus of the museums' collections and exhibition policies regarding German art, the book discusses the role of artists, gallery owners, private art collectors, patrons, and other promoters of modern art.

Selected Articles

  • "'Hitler hield niet van groene luchten': Kentering in de waardering van de Duitse avant-garde in Nederland na 1945." Jong Holland, vol. 18, no. 2 (2002).
  • "Die Rezeption des Expressionismus in den Niederlanden." Nolde im Dialog: 1905-1913 . Exhibition catalogue. Karlsruhe: Städtische Galerie, in collaboration with the Stiftung Seebüll Ada und Emil Nolde, and Munich: Hirmer Verlag (2002).
  • "Vier kunsthandelaren van moderne Duitse kunst in Nederland." Nederland en Duitsland in het interbellum: Wisselwerking en contacten: van politiek tot literatuur . Frits Boterman and Marianne Vogel, eds. Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren (2003).
  • "Paula Modersohn-Becker in den Niederlanden." Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) . Exhibition catalogue. Rotterdam: Chabot Museum (2006).
  • "Bij de Max Beckmann tentoonstelling in Amsterdam." De Witte Raaf , vol. 22, no. 129 (2007). Also available online: http://www.dewitteraaf.be/artikel/detail/nl/3228 .
  • "German Art in the Netherlands Before and After World War II." Avant-Garde and Criticism . ( Avant-Garde Critical Studies , vol. 21.) Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi (2007).
  • "Max Beckmann und seine Zeit: Aus Anlaß der Amsterdamer/Münchner Ausstellung." Kunstchronik , vol. 61, no. 3 (2008).    
  • "Rudolf Bauer tussen Berlijn en New York." Simulacrum, vol. 21, no. 1 (2012).
  • ''Expressionist Visions of Utopia." Utopia 1900-1940: Visions of a New World. Rotterdam: nai010 (2013).
  • "Bedeutungsveränderung und Kanonisierung des deutschen Expressionismus in den USA." The Aesthetics of Matter: Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Material Exchange (European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter (2013).
  • "How the Museum of Modern Art in New York canonised German Expressionism." Journal of Art Historiography, 11, 1-13 (2014).
  • "What Art Works 'Did in the War': Nine Provenances Illuminated." In G. Langfeld et al. (Ed.), The Stedelijk Museum and the Second World War (pp. 141-166, 182-183). Amsterdam: Bas Lubberhuizen/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2015).
  • Dutch translation: "Het 'oorlogsverleden' van kunstwerken: negen herkomstgeschiedenissen uitgelicht." In G. Langfeld et al. (Ed.), Het Stedelijk in de oorlog (pp. 141-166, 182-183). Amsterdam: Bas Lubberhuizen/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2015).
  • "Art by Exiled Germans in the Stedelijk Museum." In G. Langfeld et al. (Ed.), The Stedelijk Museum and the Second World War (pp. 77-100, 177-179). Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2015).
  • Dutch translation: "Kunst van Duitse vluchtelingen in het Stedelijk Museum." In G. Langfeld et al. (Ed.), Het Stedelijk in de oorlog (pp. 77-100, 177-179). Amsterdam: Bas Lubberhuizen/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2015).

Selected Lectures

Association of Art Historians (London), Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam, Emerson College, Freie Universität Berlin, Van Gogh Museum, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Galerie Beck & Eggeling (Düsseldorf), Genootschap Nederland Duitsland, Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), Goethe-Institut, Groninger Museum, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA), Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Leiden University, Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (television), Open University, Richard-Schöne-Gesellschaft für Museumsgeschichte (Berlin), Netherlands Institute for Art History (The Hague), University of Groningen, Spui25, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Universität Hamburg (Warburg-Haus), Utrecht University en Volksuniversiteit.

BA Seminar Museum Collections and Canonisation of Art (Werkgroep museale collecties en canonisering van kunst)

Why do some art works, artists and movements belong to the recognised canon, whilst others are marginalized? Does it relate to aesthetic autonomy or are aesthetic experiences the result of historical and social influences? Who plays the decisive role in the process of canon-formation? Participants in this seminar will attempt to answer these questions by carrying out a research into the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Common opinion notwithstanding, canons are not fixed for all eternity, but changeable and dynamic. In the field of art, there are specific closely-knit groups with strong preferences that influence the process of canon-formation, to which artists, private collectors, gallery owners, museums, critics, and art historians all belong. Empirical research can determine the influence each has had on the evaluation and valorization of modern art.

Theoretical lectures will supplement this research into the museum archives.

BA Excursion to Berlin (Excursie Berlijn)

No other major European city reflects the vicissitudes of the twentieth century as much as Berlin. The Wilhemine Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the division of the city during the Cold War, and the reunification have all left an indelible mark. This is the city of the Wall, the Reichstag, Prussian palaces, Hitler's megalomaniacal projects, and exceptional experiments of modern architecture. Moreover, Berlin has unique museums that provide a wide-ranging overview of both non-western and western art from ancient times to the present day.

The excursion will uncover the vast cultural diversity of Berlin. It's a city with extraordinary scope and a willingness to incorporate new ideas and creativity, finding its expression in a variety of youth cultures and alternative life-styles. With the fall of the Wall, Berlin has become one of the world's most important centres for artists and the number of new galleries is continuously expanding. You will meet artists, gallery owners, staff members of museums, scholars, and other representatives of art and culture, as well as visit Potsdam and the Bauhaus in Dessau. However, for the most part, the programme will be set by the students themselves.

 

MA Seminar Modernism and its Institutions: Artists, Galleries, Collectors, Art Critics and Museums

MA Seminar Art and the Canon

BA Seminar Art since 1900

 

Dr. Langfeld is part of a team of instructors for the following courses:

  • BA Introduction to art history (Inleiding in de kunstgeschiedenis) 
  • BA Art techniques and visual analyses (Kunsttechnieken & Visuele analyse)
  • BA Approaches in art history (Benaderingen in de kunstgeschiedenis)
  • BA Art in the Netherlands (Kunst in Nederland)
  • BA Philosophy of science (Wetenschapsfilosofie)
  • MA Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art Seminar
  • MA Stedelijk Museum / RKD Visiting Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art Seminar
  • BA Excursion to Paris (Parijs excursie)

Theses (Scripties)

Dr. Langfeld supervises the complete spectrum of theses in the field of modern art.

Research

Gregor Langfeld is currently working on several projects concerning canon-formation in modern art. Furthermore he is researching the art market during National Socialism and edits the correspondence between the artists George Grosz and Herbert Fiedler.

2015

  • G. Langfeld (2015). German Art in New York: The Canonization of Modern Art between 1904 and 1957. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

2014

2013

  • G. Langfeld (2013). Bedeutungsveränderung und Kanonisierung des deutschen Expressionismus in den USA. In S. Posman, A. Reverseau, D. Ayers, S. Bru & B. Hjatarson (Eds.), The Aesthetics of Matter: Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Material Exchange (European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, 3) (pp. 194-206). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter.

2008

  • G. Langfeld (2008). Max Beckmann und seine Zeit. Aus zur Anlaß der Amsterdamer/ Münchner Ausstellung. Kunstchronik, 61 (3), 113-117.

2013

2011

  • G. Langfeld (2011). Deutsche Kunst in New York: Vermittler, Kunstsammler, Ausstellungsmacher, 1904-1957. Berlin: Reimer.

2007

  • G. Langfeld (2007). German Art in the Netherlands before and after World War II. In J. de Vries & K. Beekman (Eds.), Avant-Garde and Criticism (Avant-Garde Critical Studies, 21) (pp. 157-176). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi.

2006

  • G. Langfeld (2006). Paula Modersohn-Becker in Nederland. In Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) (pp. 37-56). Rotterdam: Chabot Museum.

2015

2013

2007

Boekredactie

  • G. Langfeld, M. Schavemaker & M. Soeting (Eds.). (2015). The Stedelijk Museum and the Second World War. Amsterdam: Bas Lubberhuizen/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
  • G. Langfeld, M. Schavemaker & M. Soeting (Eds.). (2015). Het Stedelijk in de oorlog. Amsterdam: Bas Lubberhuizen/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
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