Theme: Collecting Modernisms – Rewriting Modernisms
African Modernism and Entangled Collections – a critical reconstruction of collecting activities.
The Iwalewahaus in Bayreuth, the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt a. M. and Makerere Art Gallery in Kampala host particularly rich collections of Afri-can Modernism. Based on the assumption that African Modernism is linked with the imposition of modernity, the colonial experience and decolonization in the context of the independences, the works from the collections reflect African artists’ encounter and critical response to the modern condition but also the engagement of European art patrons and collectors, whose motivations undoubtedly shaped the collections. In view of this context central questions arise about African Modernism(s) and how to open it up for a non-Eurocentric research.
Director of Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth and member of the research project Revolution 3.0 at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies. She published her PhD (Re)mapping Luanda on nostalgic and utopian aesthetic strategies in contemporary art in Angola (LIT 2016). Siegert leads the project African Art History and the Formation of a Modernist Aesthetics, that explores the history of the art collections at Iwalewahaus, the Museum of World Cultures (Frankfurt) and the Makerere Art Gallery (Kampala).
From the conference Multiple Modernisms. A Symposium on Globalism in Postwar Art.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 2017