After months away from our friends, in isolation, after numerous attempts to distract ourselves in private, not all of us long for a way to escape? Can we find solace in art, while our loved ones are also distracted (or otherwise absent)?
Departing from a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer (a German painter, printer and theorist who lived from 1471 to 1528), this lecture travels through time. We go to various places, including Madrid, and finally arrive in Hoorn, in the exhibition Constant Companion by Minne Kersten, at Hotel Maria Kapel.
Finding distraction is at the centre of the artworks being discussed during this lecture. When we say that someone is distracted, it has a negative connotation, but don’t we often crave distraction ourselves too? This Art History School lecture is all about art that can do the same thing as a weekend trip, the pub, or spending time with loved ones far away.
Visit us on Instagram Live on Friday 7 May at 17.00 or keep an eye on our website and social media for the video publication of the registration of this Art History School -which will be held without an audience.
Matisse Huiskens is PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Salerno, Italy, focusing on the different identities of the emigrated Italian artist Fred Carasso (1898-1969) in Brussels and Amsterdam. As a critic, he contributes to various magazines and he is secretary of the Dutch section of AICA. He regularly collaborates with contemporary artists, most recently with Nina Glockner and Mercedes Azpilicueta. In the coming years, he will be a research fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome.
Image: Albrecht Dürer, St. Antony visits St. Paul the Hermit in the wilderness, 1503-1504, woodcut on paper (tilted).