Now is the Time: ROMANTICISM

Date: Thursday 29 January, 'Romanticism' with Jos de Mul and Jörg Heiser

Location: Oude Lutherse Kerk, Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam (corner Spui), Amsterdam

Start at: 8.00 p.m.

Thursday 29 January the philosopher Jos de Mul (NL) and the art critic Jörg Heiser (DE), will discuss the return of Romanticism in contemporary art and culture.

In the debate on our post 9/11, multicultural society, Jos de Mul argues, people often put claim on the rationalistic and universalistic legacy of Radical Enlightenment. Supposedly being its opposite, Romanticism is perceived as an irrational and nationalistic counter-Enlightenment. According to De Mul, this description is false. Jos de Mul teaches Philosophy at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and published, among other titles, Romantic Desire in (Post)Modern Art and Philosophy (1999) and The Tragedy of Finitude: Dilthey's Hermeneutics of Life (2004).

Jörg Heiser investigates the presence of Romantic tendencies in Conceptual Art by using the term 'Romantic Conceptualism'. In his lecture, Heiser will discuss the conflict between the Sublime and 'the open art work' and the stereotypical ideas surrounding 'heroism versus humility'. Jörg Heiser is co-editor of the art magazine Frieze and in 2007 curated the exhibition 'Romantic Conceptualism'. He recently published the book All of a Sudden: Things That Matter in Contemporary Art.

The lectures are followed by a debate with experts and the public, moderated by Thomas Lange (DE). Lange teaches Modern Art History at the University of Amsterdam and specialises in 19th century art.

All Now is the Time lectures are in English. Reservation required.

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