THEORIA Research Group

Romantic Painting in Northern Europe – transcultural connections and receptions ​

A research project funded through the Kurt von Fritz Endowment to support the humanities and social sciences in the state of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania in 2017 - 2020, in cooperation with the State Museum of Pomerania at Greifswald (Donation Christoph Müller).

​Further cooperation partners are the DFG graduate research project Baltic Borderlands, the research group "Between Nation and Globalization. Reflections on Identity in Media, Art and Architecture" at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

From Janurary 10 through January 12, 2019 we organized the international conference "Inventing the pictorial North" at the Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Study  and the State Museum of Pomerania.  The conference was genereously funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Bonn and the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, Essen. 

 

Prof. Dr. Kilian Heck; Dr. Jana Olschweski; Christel Bair M.A., Dr. Birte Frenssen; Nico Anklam M.A.

Prof. Dr. Kilian Heck; Dr. Jana Olschweski; Christel Bair M.A., Dr. Birte Frenssen; Nico Anklam M.A.



Prof Dr Kilian Heck

Carl Frederik Aagaard, Aufkommendes Sommergewitter auf Saltholm im Öresund , undatiert, Öl auf Leinwand, 47 x 69 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald

Prof Dr Kilian Heck is Professor of Art History at the Caspar David Friedrich Institute at the University of Greifswald. His research focuses on the relationship of art and science in the 19th century, German sepulchral sculpture and German court art of the 15th to 17th centuries, the political iconography of the early modern period and castle architecture of the 18th century. As part of his research on restitution and provenance, Kilian Heck deals with the history of the origin of paintings. He is particularly interested in the works of the landscape painter Carl Blechen.

Within the THEORIA project he researches the topos of the North in Romantic painting (motifs, forms of socialization, receptions). The project intends to investigate how, after 1800, a specifically northern pictorial world could establish itself, including other painted natural phenomena such as fog, clouds, snow, rocks or oaks. The investigation will be completed by exploring the topos of "Nordic art" in the history of art in the 19th and early 20th centuries as a deliberately chosen counter-model to the iconographic method, which focuses primarily on Renaissance art.


Dr Birte Frenssen 

Carl Frederik Sørensen, An der Küste bei Marstrand in Schweden, 1852, Öl auf Karton, 28 x 40 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald

Dr Birte Frenssen is a senior curator at the Pomeranian State Museum Greifswald, where she supervised the donation of the Danish Romanticists and Realists to the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania by Christoph Müller, Berlin. Her research project includes a two-volume inventory catalog of the paintings and drawings that will be created for this collection. In recent years, the collection of North German Romanticism in the Pomeranian State Museum has been continuously expanded, while her research interests specifically include the work of Caspar David Friedrich, a native of Greifswald. In 2010 she presented the exhibition "The Birth of Romanticism – Friedrich. Runge. Klinkowström.” and in 2013 the book "Naturally Romantic. Caspar David Friedrich & Friends in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania”.

Dr Jana Olschewski

Vilhelm Kyhn, Düstere Hügellandschaft, undatiert, Öl auf Panel, 30 x 39 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald

Dr Jana Olschewski studied Art History and English language and literature and realized numerous publications and projects on Pomeranian history, visual arts and architecture and has worked for more than ten years at the Caspar David Friedrich Institute of the Ernst Moritz Arndt University in Greifswald. Since 2008 she is also the editor of the magazine POMMERN.

As a postdoctoral fellow in the THEORIA project, Jana Olschewski uses Schwaan to examine the phenomenon of artist colonies in terms of their reception of romantic ideas, design modes and forms of socialization. The work of Theodor Hagen, who as professor at the Weimar Art School has trained the most important representatives of the artist colony, will be of particular interest for the first time. Hagen as a teacher and artist has long been recognized in the art world, but so far has been little appreciated by the research community.

Nico Anklam M.A.

Simonsen, Niels. Arabische Piraten an Bord einer Feluke auf dem Mittelmeer. Öl auf Leinwand, 1854, 28,5 x 34,5. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald

Nico Anklam studied Art History, Cultural Studies and Aesthetics in Berlin, London and as a Fulbright Scholar in New York and is a doctoral fellow of the THEORIA research group. His dissertation examines Danish painting in the mid-19th century with regard to national identity constructions, also in relation to "Nordic Orientalism" and the image production of the colonies of the former Danish West Indies.

Before joining the University of Greifswald he taught at the Bologna.Lab of the Humboldt University in Berlin on art of the 20th century and was most recently a lecturer in Art Theory at the Institute for Art History and Aesthetics of the Berlin University of the Arts. His previous research interests focussed on strategies of South African conceptual art around 1990, as well as Fluxus and Fluxus related practices in Northern and Northeastern Europe. In addition, he has realized international projects of contemporary art in the Nordic and Baltic region, for instance as curator at Kunsthal 44 Møen, Denmark.

Christel Bair M.A.

Christen Dalsgaard (zugeschrieben), Die Spülküche, undatiert, Öl auf Papier auf Karton gezogen, 38 x 34 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald

As part of her master's thesis in 2016, Christel Bair dealt with New Objectivity and Magical Realism as well as the possibilities of cultural diversity as the driving force of artistic activity. She studied history and art history at the University of Greifswald and is now a doctoral student at the Caspar David Friedrich Institute for Art History. In her current doctoral project, she deals with transcultural references between the romantic landscape painting in Denmark and northern Germany in the 19th century. Together with Nico Anklam, she prepares the complete catalog of the works of Danish artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, which were donated to the Pomeranian State Museum Greifswald by Christoph Müller.


Melbye, Anton. Überfahrt nach Amerika, Öl auf Leinwand, 1855, 71,5 x 109 cm.  Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.
Mogelgaard, Ludwig. Kieferbäume in Tisvelde Hegn in Nordseeland in Dänemark, Öl auf Leinwand, 1920, 80 x 100 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.
Hagen, Theodor. Sommerliche Dorfstrasse, Öl auf Leinwand, undatiert, Privatbesitz.
La Cour, Janus. Die Klippen am Moesgaard Strand. Öl auf Leinwand, undatiert, 46 x 47 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.
Abildgaard, Nicolai Abraham. Porträt von Marcus Aurelius Abildgaard (Sohn des Malers), Öl auf Leinwand, undatiert, 69 x 55 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.
Runge, Philipp Otto. Bildnis der Wilhelmina Sophia Helwig, 1807, Öl auf Leinwand, 116 × 92 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.
Eckersberg, Christoffer Wilhelm. Strasse mit drei Figuren bei Mondschein, Radierung auf Velin, undatiert, 13,9 x 12,4 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.
Lundbye, Johan Thomas. Ein Stein am Wasser bei Hammermollen in Hellenbaek. Feder auf Papier, 1838, 12 x 17,7 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.
Friedrich, Caspar David. Ruine Eldena im Riesengebirge, 1830/34/17, Öl auf Leinwand, 103 x 73 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.
Holm, Niels Emil. Felsiger Hafen von Catania mit Schiffen, Öl auf Malpappe, 1863, 23,5 x 32 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.
Thorenfeld, Anton Erik Christian. Sommerliche jütländische Heidelandschaft mit Haus, Öl auf Leinwand, 1883, 34,5 x 51 cm. Staatliches Museum Schwerin/Ludwigslust/Güstrow, Schenkung Christoph Müller im Pommerschen Landesmuseum Greifswald.