Symposium “Van Gogh—Duchamp: Huile & Eau?”

Symposium “Van Gogh—Duchamp: Huile & Eau?”

Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles

January 13, 2015

“Van Gogh—Duchamp: Huile & Eau?”

30–31 January 2015, 11am–6pm

Chapelle Saint Martin Du Méjan
Place Nina Berberova
Arles 13200 

Speakers: Mark Alizart, Guillaume Bruère, Benjamin Buchloh, Andrea Büttner, Isabelle Cornaro, Cécile Debray, Nathalie Heinich, Bethan Huws, Jean De Loisy, Tala Madani, Bernard Marcadé, Piper Marshall, François Piron, Ralph Rugoff

Participation in the symposium is free. 
Advance registration is required.
Please email us at symposium [​at​] or phone us on T +33 (0) 4 90 93 08 08.

Conceptualism acquired ascendancy as an antidote to expressivity. For several decades now, we have denied excessive and exalted subjectivity the right to exist in art. To no avail. Emotion and immediacy subversively keep breaking down the barriers. 

Do the names Van Gogh and Duchamp stand for the opposition of hot and cold? Of existential drive versus intellectual potency? Of popular (accessible) versus sophisticated (elite)? Of painting and a(nti)painting? Of vibrant visual planes versus ironically manipulated fetishes? During the symposium, the following topics will be discussed: Van Gogh the authentic versus Duchamp the indifferent; Van Gogh and traditional craftsmanship in painting versus Duchamp and the ready-made; the advent of conceptual art as an antidote to the excess of expressivity, and the question of the return of the repressed, with the reappearance of emotion and immediacy in the practices of performance and video art, and equally in painting, sculpture, etc.; and the artist-martyr as moral cure for society versus the “professional” artist. 

“Van Gogh—Duchamp, huile et eau,” a symposium (simultaneous interpreting, French/English) of short lectures and discussions, in which historical, sociological and explicitly practice-oriented artistic approaches, will be juxtaposed. 

Press relations: 
Pierre Collet: collet [​at​] / T+33 680 84 87 71 



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