Lecture

SOLD OUT AHCVS Lecture | The Harmonised Whole: Wassily Kandinsky and Principles in Visual Perception

20 March 2024
4.15pm - 5.30pm
Free to all

Please note this event is now sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please contact learning@barber.ac.uk This free event is organised by the Department Of Art History, Curating, And Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham, promoting ongoing research within Art History and the visual arts.

About this event

This talk offers a new understanding of the psychological foundations underlying Wassily Kandinsky’s (1866–1944) experimentations with non-objectivity from 1896 until 1914. It explores encounters with the works of earlier experimental psychologists during his first years in Munich and his ideas whilst working at the Bauhaus from 1922 to 1933, encountering writings from 1912 onwards of the first Gestalt psychologists. It demonstrates how their theories served as the starting point for many of Kandinsky’s ideas regarding visual perception, geometric-optical relationships, and the emotional and intellectual responses evoked by combinations of colours and lines.

This free event is organised by the Department Of Art History, Curating, And Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham, promoting ongoing research within Art History and the visual arts.

It is open to all – students and staff and members of the public. For event enquiries, please contact Greg Salter at g.j.salter@bham.ac.uk

Speaker Biography

Anne Regina Grasselli is a doctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis, ‘The Harmonised Whole: Wassily Kandinsky and Principles in Visual Perception from Jugendstil through der Blaue Reiter’ presents a new interpretation of Kandinsky’s early artworks from 1896 until 1914, connecting his theories in perception from this period with those of experimental psychologists Theodor Lipps, Wilhelm Wundt, and Hermann von Helmholtz. Her work has been supported by DAAD and Leverhulme fellowships, and research grants from the Association for Art History and the Edinburgh College of Art. Anne co-convenes the Research Forum for German Visual Culture online seminar series.

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