Art history is also making a comeback in the visual arts. While in the 1980s the artists cited traditions of the twentieth century under the heading of "Appropriation of Art", it's an orientation towards old masters and art historical techniques. Artists not only copy and alienate paintings from paintings of the past, but also respond more freely and playfully to the "mnemonic energies" (Aby Warburg) stored in ancient works. Not infrequently, they try to visualize the collective heritage through performative strategies as well as through photographic and cinematic media for the present.
The exhibition project presents the art-historical renaissances in an overview exhibition and documents them in an extensive catalog volume.