Art in Historical-Political Space and in a Global Context

One established research field at the ZI is dedicated to the political conditionality of art works of the modern era as well as the instrumentalisation of art for ideological purposes. A further central research approach, particularly for the twentieth century, involves profiles of patrons and network-patronage structures from the early modern period up through the contemporary art scene. Here the emphasis is not only on producers and receivers, but also increasingly focused on the transmitting institutions (art agents, gallerists, dealers, curators, critics). One of the decisive current challenges for art research is the question regarding global perspectives and implications of art. This applies particularly to modern and contemporary art.