dr. M. (Merel) van Tilburg
Assistant Professor Art History 1800 - now
Merel van Tilburg's fields of interest include textile art, nineteenth-century art, decorative art, art theory, intermediality and Symbolism. She has published on such subjects as the transhistorical presence of the Gothic in art since 1800; textile art and abstraction; the “Carpet Paradigm” in modern and contemporary art; “Stimmung” in Symbolist painting; the politics of design and the place of the human being in the designed interior; artist's wallpapers; intimism and post-impressionism in painting; the semantic potential of the oriental rug in late nineteenth-century painting; modernist architecture and its relationship to the visual arts; modern kitchen design and cold war ideologies; cinematic aspects of contemporary painting. She is currently working on several articles on Odilon Redon, Symbolism and music. Her next book will be a handbook on Symbolism.
Merel is also an art critic and regularly participates in artist’s publications, both as a writer and as an editor. She sits on the advisory board of the Flemish art critical journal De Witte Raaf. She was a scientific counsellor for the exhibition Nightfall / Le retour des ténèbres at the Musée Rath in Geneva (2016-2017) and has co-directed its scientific catalogue Nightfall. Gothic Imagination Since Frankenstein (Los Angeles/Geneva 2016).
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