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Living apart together? The troubled and treasured relationship between nature and human beings in art 1800-1900
Event details of ESNA 2024 Conference
24 May 2024
09:45 -18:00
Kröller-Müller Museum or online


9.45-10.15         Registration, Coffee & Tea

10.15-10.20       Benno Tempel, director Kröller-Müller Museum: Welcome

10.20-10.35       Mayken Jonkman, ESNA & Rijksmuseum and Sara Tas, co-organiser & Van Gogh Museum: Introduction to the conference theme

10.35-11.15       Keynote lecture. Colin Sterling, University of Amsterdam: Museum Ecologies: Past, Present, and Future

11.15-12.45       Session 1 Urban perspectives – Chair: Marjan Sterckx, ESNA & UGent

11.15-11.35       Marte Stinis, Paul Mellon Centre: “My lovely London fogs”. The Aesthetics of Pollution

11.35-11.55       Marie-Charlotte Lamy, University of Neuchâtel: The Universal Museum of Nature: Possessing the Animal Kingdom in Painting

11.55-12.15       Annie Ronan, Virginia Tech: Edward Kemeys’ Last(ing) Buffalo. Preservation, Poison, and the Toxic Ecologies of American Animal Art

12.15-12.35       Rachel Sloan, Courtauld Institute: Pissarro in the Great North Wood. Impressionism and urban nature in London

12.35-12.55       Session 1: Questions and Discussion

12.55-13.05       Jannet de Goede, Kröller-Müller Museum: Introduction to the exhibition The Wood for the Trees

13.05-14.30       lunch and visit to the exhibition

14.30-16.30       Session 2 Facing nature – Chair: Rachel Esner, ESNA & UvA

14.30-14.50       Daniel Ralston, National Gallery London: José María Velasco and the Image of Mexico

14.50-15.10       Vicki Pugh, The Institute for Social Justice York St John University: Omissions of the nineteenth-century seascape. Exploring the ‘Anthropocene’ of Turner’s Bass Rock and Edinburgh Sketchbook (1818)

15.10-15.30       Daniël Hendrikse, (cultural) historian: The view from the ice cave. Representations of Romanticism, exploration and the Anthropocene in nineteenth-century photography

15.30-15.50       Annemiek Rens, Drents Museum: ‘Full of the silent, gloomy heaths’. The healing effect of nature in Drenthe for Van Gogh and others

15.50-16.10       Session 2: Questions and Discussion

16.10-16.30       wrap up

16.30-18.00       drinks and bites

Regular: € 40
Students and online: € 15
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Please visit the ESNA website for more information.