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NCCR Mediality

Die Nationalen Forschungsschwerpunkte (NFS) sind ein Förderungsmittel des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds.
X. Display
X.3. The Art of the Display

The project aims at exploring the fundamentally ostentative and visual character of art and architecture in a historical and interrelated perspective. The display is a cultural technique of showing and exhibiting that is constitutive for the visuality of art and architecture. By acknowledging a mutual dependency and enhancement of the work of art displayed in space on the one hand and the pictorial and displaying quality of architecture on the other, the project addresses aesthetic phenomena that emerge inbetween different media. Thereby, it contributes to a spatial and multimedia understanding of ostentation. The project particularly pays attention to the aesthetic, semantic, and self-referential meanings of landscapes (late 15th and early 16th centuries) framed within the picture on the one hand, and representations of landscapes as frames of the depicted subject on the other. Another major topic will be the ostentative function of early 20th century exhibition displays.