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Paper Franziska Uhlig:
"Art Physiology" – standardizing production and experience of art and industrial products. Paper,"Sculpture and Design", University of Brighton, 14/15 of January 2005

Fields of Research


Franziska Uhlig's fields of research are the art of the 19th and 20th century, the history of the relationship between art and science and the history of the Art History.

She wrote her dissertation on the reception of Neo-Impressionism in Germany, one of the forgotten movements in the history of art. It was important for such artists as: Henry van de Velde, the Brücke-artists Kirchner, Heckel and Schmidt-Rottluff, Hans Arp, Alexej Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky and Alexander Kanoldt. Results are published in various books about the Brücke- and the "Blaue Reiter"– movement.

Since August 2004 Franziska Uhlig has worked with her father on a critical catalogue of their prints. Trough this work she has gained experiences in paper restoration and in working with the relational database, named MuseumPlus.

Due to the policies of the East German government, Franziska Uhlig was not admitted to University. First she worked as a nurse, than as assistant for artists and their exhibition projects. During this time and during her studies of Art History and Archeology in Berlin, which began 1990, she assisted the following exhibitions:

1990: "Expatriated. Artists from the GDR.

Due to her close readings of works by Neo-Impressionists and other artists of Classical Modernism, Uhlig has developed a theoretical history of the knowledge of the artists' hand, projected in her paper "Hand, die zeichnet" (The hand that draws). Her actual research project involves concepts of artistic educational programs, constructions of tools for the creative process, as well as scientific theories about how the artists' hand draws and paints.

Her interest has turned to a more structural look at Art History, taking into perspective other scientific disciplines (see the paper for "Medien des Lebens", Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, www.das-leben-schreiben.de, June 2003). She deals with subjects like "theories of colour", "the artist as genius" (see the paper for the Congress of German Art History, March 2003) and the intersection of applied with fine arts (Paper for "Sculpture and Design", University of Brighton, January 2005), which includes a critical look on the history of art.

Based on lectures about theories of colour at the Humboldt-University (2003/2004), she organised the symposium "Rebellious Colours" and, in the process, gained first hand-experience in fundraising.

1949-1989", in cooperation with Dr.h.c. Werner Schmidt, Dresden, documenting more then 650 artists and exhibiting more then 120 artists, such as Gerhard Richter, A.R.Penck, Via Lewandowsky, Gundula Schulze-El Dowy.

1997/98: "The Blue Rider and the New Image", in cooperation with Dr. Annegret Hoberg, Lenbachhaus Munich in 1999

1998/99: "Theatrum naturae et artis: The scientific collections of the Humboldt-University Berlin", in cooperation with Professor Horst Bredekamp, shown in Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin 2000.

During the preparation of the last listed show, she conceived of and organized a year-long lecture series for the Humboldt-University which dealt with "collecting as scientific practise" and gained first experiences in science-management.



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