The Hamburg cultural scientist Aby M. Warburg (–) was a pioneer of the modern study of art and visual culture. Before the First World War, he made. In December , Warburg started to compose a work in the form of a picture atlas named Mnemosyne. In Aby Warburg began his picture atlas „Mnemosyne“ – he, his method and its use in visual studies stood fairly alone. Working with photographs was by no.

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He wanted to show how the motifs of antiquity, via the detour of the orient, survived into the Renaissance and beyond. His memory was never lost among scholars like Jean Seznec Survival of the pagan godsPierre Bourdieu On the symbolic formsFrancis Yates, and through them it became known among artists, journalists, and filmmakers. Anthropologische und kulturelle Grundlagen des Visualistic Turn.

I do not mention this for reasons of politeness. The Remembrance of Things Past. Warburg was used to work with sets of images and already in he spoke generally of a kulturwissenschaftliche Bildgeschichte. Kulturwissenschaft als GeistespolitikFrankfurt am Main Views Read Edit View history. Also in his lifetime not everyone could intrude his elite cosmos, as Wolfgang Kemp has shown when describing Walter Benjamin’s failing attempts to be admitted to this circle.

While Warburg was repeatedly plagued by depression, the couple enjoyed a lively social life.

All structures of the paintings have their textual correspondence in his poem La giostra as well as in the sources he has used himself.

By re-reading Warburg, it was realized that every page of his printed articles corresponds to pages of manuscript, thousands of notes and hundreds of books. Having accomplished what he always contended, Warburg was hardly able to enjoy this late success. The most famous photo of the trip shows Warburg holding a half naked dancer resting.

This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat It consisted of 40 wooden panels covered with black cloth, on which were pinned nearly 1, pictures from books, magazines, newspaper and other daily life sources. He even used postage stamps and promotional brochures. Another 4 years passed by, and the political change had made it impossible for the Warburg circle to remain in the city.

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Warburg as a child reacted against the religious rituals which were punctiliously observed in his family, and rejected all career plans envisaged for him.

The Mnemosyne Atlas

In this context he drew several family trees both of the generations of painters and their patrons, and he constructed several tableaux to tame and order the escalating matter of his research.

Warburg als Lehrer, From toWarburg concentrated his entire body of knowledge in this collection of images, which ultimately spanned 63 panels and encompassed almost a thousand individual pieces. It is interesting to see that Warburg’s person and his ideas, after having been neglected for a certain period, have become recepted once again and even stronger than while he was alive. Warburg was a technophile. In DecemberWarburg started to compose a work in the form of a picture atlas named Mnemosyne.

Supplementary to this, thirteen artists, including Olaf Metzel, Paul McCarthy and Peter Weibel, were invited to create their own panels in the original format. The Warburg Institute Archive, London. Symbol, Pictures and Survey. PDF Send by e-mail. The WEL is mainly based on the collections of the research department and tries to digitize and classify its contents in a new way.

Aby Warburg was born in Hamburg in as the first heir of a Bank that had played a central role in pre-war imperial Germany.

Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas (English) | ZKM

Warburg was fascinated with their still secluded culture, their architecture, ritual, their masks and their ages-old abstract painting on pottery Nampeyo had recently revived. The remaining building in Hamburg was abused by Nazi organizations; after the war it was no longer wanted back by the Warburg Family – the loss of this institution was seemingly a too open wound to be cured; so the building was transformed into a film studio and occupied by promotion agencies, even though, from time to time, journalists or writers reminded of the unsolved problem of neglecting Warburg’s heritage.


Aby Warburg is regarded as the father of modern visual studies.

Warburg makes his own experiments with layouts and headlines, and the complexity of his short languages shows in how far he overcharges the objects:. He took close looks at popular, moving, and reproduceable media that could even more assert the survival of forms and their intrinsic energies.

As I have mentioned, Warburg died 3 years after the library had been opened. Research is thus more than just objective and empirical exploration that is legitimized in itself by its unforseen discoveries. Warburg stapled some 1, prints onto panels lined with black cloth.

Aby Warburg

Ay ; “Omission du commandement dans certains cas monstreux”. In this situation, that is to say when the Mnemosyne atlas was mnnemosyne situ and in actuthe series of plates effectively constructed a sort of Denkrauma common space for thought. While Freud tried to formulate a “psychohistory” that defines man as a being that is caught in a web of subindividual forces and superindividual demands, Warburg wrote a history of images that teaches us the function of images in general, i.

Applying these antique forms means to surrender to the power of eternal forms that lead their own life in the new context of the image. He was interested in telecommunication, the press and travelling; all these new technologies enabled new forms of travelling, but also prolonged the old idea of migration that connected civilizations from the beginning.


Aby Warburg (). The Survival of an Idea

Another snapshot is of Warburg wearing a Kachina dancer’ s mask. The detail of the image is not only a sophisticated quotation of contemporary ideas, it is a hyperlink to cultural history.

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