In this online public event, join the Goethe-Institut Bucharest to learn more about Aby Warburg's Bilderatlas Mnemosyne and hear from Roberto Ohrt, one of the two curators of the exhibition "Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne - The Original". 

"Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne - The Original", curated by Axel Heil and Roberto Ohrt was exhibited in 2020 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. In 2021 the exhibition traveled to the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, and then returned to Hamburg to be exhibited at the Deichtorhallen - Sammlung Falckenberg. Take the virtual tour of the exhibition.

Goethe-Institut Bucharest offers the public the chance to learn more about Warburg’s creation and about the composition, analysis, reconstruction and exposition of the Bilderatlas, directly from Roberto Ohrt ending a long cycle of Warburgian research done by Forschungsgruppe Mnemosyne. Prof. Ruxandra Demetrescu will give an introductory presentation on Warburg and she will moderate the discussion at the end of the lecture. This is the pilot project of the Denkraum series, dedicated to the practices of artistic research in German space.

How to join

The event will take place in a hybrid format, with the presence of the public as much it will be allowed, the guest, Roberto Ohrt, and the moderator, Prof. Dr. Ruxandra Demetrescu, in the hall, but can also be watched online via Goethe-Institute Bucharest's Facebook and YouTube channels.

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Roberto Ohrt (b. 1954, Santiago de Chile) is an art historian and curator. He specialized in the art of the Situationist International, focusing on artists such as Martin Kippenberger. He curated for Center Pompidou and ZKM Karlsruhe and is a co-founder of Akademie Isotrop. As a member of the Forschungsgruppe Mnemosyne, he curated the exhibition "Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne - The Original" with Axel Heil.

Ruxandra Demetrescu (b. 1954, Craiova) is an art historian, professor at the School of Doctoral Studies of the National University of Arts in Bucharest and former director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin (1999-2003). She specialized in art theories in the German language space (especially Aby Warburg) and dedicated her career to researching, presenting and curating modern and contemporary Romanian art.