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History is constructed through the continual reinterpretation of artifacts that preserve historical events. But can these artifacts be taken as objective facts? For centuries, artists have offered through their work contrary meanings for both historical and contemporary events. In times or places of crisis, the power of art to depict harsh realities and new ways of understanding history have been particularly pronounced.

Art/Histories looks at history through the lens of artworks from the sixteenth century to the present, including works from Otto Dix, Anselm Kiefer, Käthe Kollwitz, Alice Creischer, Jörg Immendorff, Felix Droese, and many others. Drawing on the world-class collections of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Sabine Breitwieser examines the stories these works tell about the events depicted, as well as the artists’ involvement with them. With nearly three hundred full-color illustrations, the book challenges many of the tools currently used to examine and evaluate history.

204 pages | 289 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 | © 2014

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents


Introduction – Sabine Breitwieser


Visual Instruction: Historical Representation in Contemporary Art – Eva Kernbauer

Rethinking Reality: Facts and Fictions in Literature – Karl-Markus Grauß


Salzburg Emigration 1731-32 in Pictures

Käthe Kollwitz

Otto Dix

Ernst Haas

Gerti Deutsch

Martha Rosler

Lothar Baumgarten

Anselm Kiefer

Heimrad Bäcker

Marcel Broodthaers

Jörg Immendorff/Felix Dröse

Jörg Immendorff

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Simone Forti

Sanja Iveković

Dan Graham

Kurt Kaindl

Andrea Fraser

Renée Green

The Atlas Group/Walid Raad

Anri Sala

Alice Creischer

Omer Fast

Deimantas Narkevičius

Gülsün Karamustafa

Michael Blum

Lawrence Weiner

Stan Douglas

Akram Zaatari

Andreas Siekmann

Chen Shaoxiong

Elaine Reichek

Harun Farocki

Wael Shawky

Danh Vō

Aura Rosenberg

Andrea Geyer

Kader Attia


List of Works in the Exhibition

Author’s Biographies


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