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Afdeling Kunstgeschiedenis, Architectuurgeschiedenis & Landschapsgeschiedenis


Mission Statement

More than anything else, art works and buildings are material objects. Both, teaching and research at Groningen depart from the objecthood of works of art and architecture and their situatedness in time and space.

Accordingly, we study and teach the meaning of the materials and processes that are employed in artistic creation in the workshop, design studio, or building site all the way to the presentation, conservation, public perception of works of art and architecture in the gallery, the museum, or the urban space.

From their making and materiality, a dense network of aesthetic, social, political and economical factors unfolds, in which art and architecture is commissioned, experienced, appreciated and used to various means and ends. We approach this intricate web from a Global perspective, including settings in medieval and early modern Europe, modern and post-modern city spaces in South America and Central- and Eastern Europe, urban and rural landscapes, as well as the mediatized spaces of photography, video, and digital media.

The resulting, complex entanglement of the objects of art and architecture in their diverse contexts is reflected upon in a long textual tradition of writing about art, ranging from travelogues, artists manuals, and (auto-)biographies to art criticism and art and architectural theory. The study of this rich textual culture forms yet another strand of teaching and research at Groningen.

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