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Neighborly Relations – Archival Exhibition on Aby Warburg and Positions in Contemporary Art from the Holdings of the Sitterwerk Art Library

October 18, 2013 to November 17, 2013

The Sitterwerk Art Library invites interested individuals to a dialogue with the exhibition “Aby Warburg – Mnemosyne Bildertafeln Atlas” in the Kulturraum St. Gallen.

The art historian, private scholar, and book collector Aby Warburg (1866–1929) established the art-history method of iconology and thus expanded his special field of work in the direction of more comprehensive cultural studies, including not only history, archeology, and the history of religion, but also psychology, sociology, and ethnology as well as peripheral fields such as astrology. He also examined images and objects of everyday culture, such as advertising graphics and postage stamps. With his interdisciplinary thinking, Aby Warburg is today more topical than ever. The Mnemosyne atlas of images and his library for cultural studies, the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg, are seen as masterpieces of his research work.

The Sitterwerk Art Library is presenting publications on Aby Warburg and related positions in contemporary art from its holdings. The book tables are intended as supplementation to the display panels in the Kulturraum.

Opening: Friday October 18, 2013, 7 pm

With an introduction on the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg by Marina Schütz followed by an open discussion with the public on the topicality of Aby Warburg.