Exhibition: "Frobenius - The Art of Science"
"Frobenius - The Art of Science" is the exhibition on display at the Museum Giersch
of Goethe-University Frankfurt from March 24th through July 14th 2019.
The exhibiton is testimony to the work and biographies of the talented draughtswomen and draughtsmen who accompanied Leo Frobenius (1873–1938) on his anthropological expeditions to Africa, Indonesia, South America, Australia as well as Northern and Southern Europe. During these expeditons, these draughtswomen and draughtsmen produced painted copies of prehistoric rock art. Along with ethnographic drawings, oil paintings, and photographs, these paintings and documents of both artistic as well as scientific value comprise the Frobenius Institute's distinctive archives.
The exhibition shows the anthropologist Leo Frobenius and his research within the historical context of the early 20th century. It puts the spotlight on his hitherto littleknown expedition team, particularly on the women who were responsible for the great majority of the images. Works by Paul Klee, Willi Baumeister, and Wols show how these rock art copies inspired modern art in Europe.
Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität
Funding: Stiftung Giersch, Hessische Kulturstiftung, Ernst von Siemens Kulturstiftung, Frobenius-Gesellschaft, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Stadt Frankfurt a.M.
Ad.E. Memorial Lecture online
All lectures held by Prof. Sondra Hausner as part of her lecture series "A Genealogy of Method. Anthropology's Ancestors and the Meaning of Culture" are available online on YouTube:
Celebrated loans at the Centre Pompidou, Paris
The current exhibition "Préhistoire, une énigme moderne" at the Centre Pompidou in Paris includes two loans from the Frobenius Institute. The exhibition focuses on the close connection between prehistoric art and modernism.
In the most important morning news programme on French television, instead of showing works of by Picasso, Mirò or Klee, artists whose work is also shown in the exhibition, it was the two large-format copies of rock paintings made during Leo Frobenius' expedition to what is today's Zimbabwe in 1929 that were highlighted.
Anthropology library renamed
The Frobenius Institute's library carries a new name:
"Leo Frobenius Library of Cultural Anthropology"
With a total of 131,311 volumes (as of the end of 2018), the library is the most important specialised library for social and cultural anthropology in the German-speaking world. It bears the collections of the Frobenius Institute, the Department of Social and Cultural Antropology of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main as well as the valuable old collections of the Weltkulturenmuseum of the City of Frankfurt. Outstanding collections are the large old collection (more than 30,000 volumes), almost 500 current journals and series, the collection of book and journal articles, a map collection (1,740) and a film collection (more than 2,000 DVDs).
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