Art History: Montage as Art Historical Method: Resnais, Malraux, and the Animation of Culture in Post-war France
Montage as Art Historical Method: Resnais, Malraux, and the Animation of Culture in Post-war France
Presenter: Ivan Cerecina
In 1948, the French filmmaker Alain Resnais completes work on Van Gogh, a curious film-painting hybrid in which the Dutch painter’s life is narrated through re-cut details from his canvases. A year prior, the first volume of André Malraux’s illustrated art history books, Le musée imaginaire, is published with the Skira imprint, replete with photographic reproductions of artworks from across cultures and historical contexts. Meanwhile in the south of France and in Paris, ‘popular education’ organisations such as Peuple et Culture are organising public lectures, debates, and reading groups on art history for the country’s working class. This paper attempts to draw together these diverse, concurrent projects under the auspices of a common method: montage. It argues for the existence of a shared cultural politics of montage, in which the breaking down and reconstitution of images and texts becomes a means to ‘re-animate’ culture for new audiences in post-war France.
This event will be held online via Zoom.
Other seminars this semester:
10 September Richard Smith, ‘From action-image to image-action: telepresence and the cinema of global telecommunications’
24 September Susan Potter, ‘Friendship as a way of filmmaking: Revisiting Blue (dir. Derek Jarman, 1993)’, Cindy Evelyn Magara, ‘The Griot Aesthetic in East African Cinema’
1 October Andrew Ward, ‘Space, time, and the limits of painting in the early work of Vija Celmins’
22 October Ann Elias, ‘Fish-Eye Points of View and Modern Culture’
29 October Stephanie Swanson ‘The Triumph of Death in Trecento Italy’
Ann Sutherland, ‘Two expatriate Australian painters: two continents’
5 November Scholars Forum: ‘At home in the World’
Chair: Kate Davidson, Contributions by: Donna Brett, Kate Davidson, Mark De Vitis, Mary Roberts
19 November Scholars Forum: ‘Museums as sites of civil society: Conversations with audience in the 21st century’, Chiara O’Reilly, Anna Lawrenson, Lee-Anne Hall