Anna Baumgartner, M.A.

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Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Maria-Theresia-Straße 21
D-81675 München
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Doctoral Project

Orientalism, adventure and exoticism. The Polish horse and battle scene painter Józef Brandt in Munich (1862-1915)

Subject of the dissertation project is the so-called "Polish Munich School" - a highly relevant artist colony, contributing significantly to the development of Polish painting, which clustered in Munich around Józef Brandt, Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski and Maksymilian Gierymski. The group was mostly active in the years 1870-1890 and very influential in Munich's art scene.

The aim of the work is to analyze aesthetics and to explore the public’s reception to determine how Józef Brandt, who is often regarded as the main leader of the Polish colony in Munich, functioned in the Bavarian capital, what significance his paintings had for Poland in the age of divisions and why he celebrated great successes in the international art market with the depiction of Themes from Polish history. Approaches from postcolonial studies are intended to help examine to what extent the representation of dynamic equestrian scenes with Cossacks and Tartars, which are embedded in the landscape of the former Polish eastern territories, leads to the development of a "Polish Orientalism", satisfying the curiosity of the international public but at the same time leading towards the targeted exoticization or self-orietalisation of Polish history. Of interest is also the connection of this style of painting to contemporary literature, as well as to the newly developing media film and photography. One thesis is that Brandt's pictorial solutions satisfy similar needs and cause similar emotions for the viewer that are nowadays evoked by adventure and historical films in cinema.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2015

Associate doctoral candidate at the polish german doctoral study course “Polen und Deutschland im modernen Europa” at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Since 12/2012

Research assistant at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies in Munich with taching activity at the Institute of Art History of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Seminars on the topic “Body und Gender in Polen” as well as “Orientalismus in der Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts”)

Since 03/2011

Editor at the online platform skispringen.com

01/2013 - 11/2013 Project work at the National Museum Kraków (Research on the reception of the painter Maksymilian Gierymski)
04/2012 - 09/2012 Lecturer at the “Institute for East European Studies” at the Free University of Berlin

2007 - 2009

Research assistant at the Center for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CBH PAN) Berlin on the exhibition project “My berlińczycy! / Wir Berliner! Geschichte einer deutsch-polnischen Nachbarschaft” (Independent Curating of the Exhibition Part “Epilog” on Contemporary Polish Art in Berlin from 1980 to the Present - Exhibition at the Märkisches Museum Berlin April to June 2009)

2006-2007

Recipient of an exchange scholarship with the Art History Institute of the University of Warsaw

2004-2011

Study of Art History and Eastern European Studies at the Free University of Berlin

(Master’s dissertation "Wojciech Kossak. Ein polnischer Schlachtenmaler am preußischen Hof in Berlin (1895-1902) zwischen Wilhelminismus, polnischem Patriotismus und dem Aufkommen der Moderne" (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Werner Busch, Prof. Dr. Gertrud Pickhan); Scientific Award of the ambassador of the Republic of Poland)

Awards

  • 03/2016 - 04/2016 Scholarship recipient at the German Historical Institute Warsaw
  • 2006 - 2007 Recipient of an exchange scholarship with the Art History Institute of the University of Warsaw
  • Scientific Award of the ambassador of the Republic of Poland for her MA thesis about the stay in Berlin of the battle scene painter Wojciech Kossak (Leipzig, 6.12.2011)

Publications

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Mythen in der polnischen Historienmalerei. In: Jahrbuch Polen 28, 2018, pp. 181-193.

Die Münchener Polenschule. In: Dieter Bingen / Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg / Andrzej Klamt / Peter Oliver Loew (Eds.): Deutsche und Polen. Geschichte einer Nachbarschaft, Darmstadt 2016, pp. 112-116.

"Egzotyka" a malarstwo Józefa Brandta i jego kręgu – próba definicji pojęcia [Überlegungen zur "Exotik" in der Malerei um Józef Brandt]. In: Muzeum Okręgowe w Suwałkach (Ed.): Egzotyczna Europa. Kraj urodzenia na płótnach polskich monachijczyków, Suwałki 2015, pp. 33-36.

Świat obrazów Józefa Brandta [Jozef Brandt's art world]. In: Muzeum Okręgowe w Suwałkach (Ed.): Egzotyczna Europa. Kraj urodzenia na płótnach polskich monachijczyków, Suwałki 2015, pp. 49-61.

Maksymilian Gierymski w świetle niemieckojęzycznej krytyki artystycznej / The Reception of Maksymilian Gierymski’s Works in the Context of German Art Criticism. In: Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie (Ed.): Maksymilian Gierymski. Dzieła, inspiracje, recepcja / Maksymilian Gierymski. Works, Inspiration, Reception (Exhibition catalogue pol./eng.), Kraków 2014, pp. 229-255.

Das Racławice Panorama in Breslau. Ein Erinnerungsort für die polnische Nation. In: Arnold Bartetzky / Rudolf Jaworski (Hgg.): Geschichte im Rundumblick. Panoramabilder im östlichen Europa (Visuelle Geschichtskultur, Band 11), Köln / Weimar / Wien 2014, pp. 45-64.

Ein polnischer Nationalmaler am preußischen Hof. Wojciech Kossak und sein wiederentdecktes Gemälde Schlacht bei Zorndorf (1899). In: zeitenblicke 10 (2), 22.12.2011.

Fałat und Kossak. Polnische Maler im preußischen Berlin Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts. In: Robert Traba (Hg.): My, berlińczycy!/Wir Berliner! Geschichte einer deutsch-polnischen Nachbarschaft, Berlin 2009, pp. 139-158 (in German and Polish).

Die Politik der sowjetischen Machthaber gegenüber der Bevölkerung in den nach dem 17. September 1939 besetzten Ostgebieten Polens. Ein Überblick. In: Anna-Sophia Pappai / Michał Oskar Pec / Krzysztof Marcin Zalewski (Eds.): Wypędzenia i co dalej? Materiały z seminarium polsko-niemieckiego dla studentów / Vertreibungen und was weiter? Beiträge eines deutsch-polnischen Seminars für Studierende, Warschau 2006, pp. 20-31.

Reviews

Maria Janion: Die Polen und ihre Vampire. Studien zur Kritik der Phantasmen. Hg. v. Magdalena Marszałek, Berlin 2014. In: Polish-Studies. Interdisciplinary (Pol-Int), 14.02.2015.

Working with Feminism. Curating and Exhibitions in Eastern Europe. Ed. by Katrin Kivimaa, Tallinn 2012. In: kunsttexte.de/ostblick (3/2013–1).

Further Publications

Galerie. Von Hofmalerei bis Expressionismus. In: Robert Traba (Ed.): Polnisches Berlin. Semi-Stadtführer, Berlin 2014, pp. 58-71.

Zu Hause in der weiten Welt / Zwölf türkische Positionen bei TANAS. In: von hundert 4/2012, pp. 54-55.

Der Zauber einer unwirklichen Landschaft. Eine Annäherung an das Werk Roman Lipskis. In: Roman Lipski: Malerei, 31.08.-21.10.2011 (Exhibition catalogue, gallery „Arte Giani“ Cologne, find the shortened version here.

Tactics of Invisibility. In: Artluk 4/2010, pp. 20-22.

Kismet – Ebru Özsecen. In: Artluk 3/2010, pp. 60-62.

Współcześni Artyści Polscy w Berlinie. In: Odra 1/2010, pp. 73-79.

Stille Beobachter der postkommunistischen Landschaft. Roman Lipski, Joachim Reck und Krzysztof Zieliński – drei bildende Künstler aus Berlin. In: MOE Nr. 63, Juli / August 2009, pp. 25-28.

Workshops

19./20.07.2017

Lead the „Perspektiven zur Erforschung der Münchener Polenschule“ workshop (together with Dr. Aleksandra Krypczyk-De Barra, National Museum Krakau) at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Munich

In cooperation with the Institute for Ar History of Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, the Central Institute for Art History in Munich, the National Museum Krakau as the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Munich

(Read more in the Graduate School's Annual Report 2017.)

27.11.2015 Lead the „Rethinking Orientalism“ workshop (together with Marija Đokić), Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Munich 7 Institute for Art History of LMU, Munich

Lectures (selected)

2017

"Der Pferde- und Schlachtenmaler Józef Brandt (1841-1915) – eine internationale Künstlerkarriere im Spiegel der deutschen und polnischen Kunstpresse" (Workshop "Aktuelle Tendenzen und Perspektiven in der Forschung zur 'Münchener Polenschule'", Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Munich, July 2017)

2016

"Józef Brandt's Cossacks go global - from Polish national imaginary to the international art market" (University Regensburg, December 2017).

"Die Münchener Polenschule. Polnische Künstlerpersönlichkeiten im München des 19. Jahrhunderts" (Mainzer Polonicum, Johannes Gutenberg-University, May 2016).

„Orientalismus, Abenteuer und Exotik - über die Malerei Józef Brandts“ (Deutsch-Polish Society Munich, January 2016).

2015

„Geschichtskonstruktionen und Ukrainefaszination in der Malerei des Münchner Polen Józef Brandt“ („Mainzer Polonicum“, Johannes Gutenberg-University, November 2015).

„Orientalismen im Werk Józef Brandts“ (Workshop „Rethinking Orientalism“, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Munich, November 2015)

„Von polnischen Reitern, Kosaken und Cowboys. Die Bildwelten Józef Brandts im Kontext des polnischen Historienfilms" („Mainzer Polonicum“, Johannes Gutenberg-University, June 2015).

2014

„München Transnational. Lebenswelten polnischer Künstler im München des 19. Jh.“ („Workshop Exil, Diaspora, Transnationalität“, University Regensburg, November 2014).

Poster Presentation of Dissertion Project (Third Conference of German-Polish Research, March 2014).

2012

Project Presentation of Dissertation Project (Summer Academy of German-Polish Institute, Darmstadt, September 2012).

2010

„Wojciech Kossaks Schlacht bei Zorndorf (1899)“ („Workshop für historische Bildforschung“, University Köln, November 2010).