"Good doesn't cut it: quality and quantity in the reception history of Vermeer" 

Gastvortrag von Kristian Vistrup Madsen im Rahmen des Seminars „Kunstkritik" (Kathrin Heinrich)
Mo, 22. Jänner 2024, 19 Uhr

In the mid 18th century, the King of Saxony bought a Vermeer because he was told it was a Rembrandt, and he believed it. A few decades on, the King of France declined to buy a Vermeer because it was not a Rembrandt. Vermeer has always been good – anyone could see that. But good doesn’t cut it when you’re selling to kings, oil barons, financiers, and rappers. His example tells us that, across art history, from Old Masters to post-postmodernists, quality is not a given, but subject to trend and capital. In this lecture, Kristian Vistrup Madsen traces how value was attributed to Vermeer's paintings, and how value, over time, made us see those paintings differently.

Kristian Vistrup Madsen is a writer and art critic based in Berlin. He has contributed to magazines such as Artforum, Harpers, The White Review, and Kunstkritikk. Doing Time: Essays on Using People was published by Floating Opera Press in 2021.

In Kooperation mit der Abteilung Philosophie (Antonia Birnbaum) und der Klasse Malerei (Henning Bohl, Hannes Loichinger).

MADSEN portrait photo credit Wiktor Hansson
Kristian Vistrup Madsen. Photo credit: Wiktor Hansson.
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Gastvortrag Kristian Vistrup Madsen

Mo, 22.01.2024
Seminarraum 20

Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Vordere Zollamtsstr. 7 (5. OG), 1030 Wien
Beginn: 19 Uhr

Ausstellung: The (Great) Kristian Vistrup Madsen Show.

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Eröffnung: Dienstag, 23. Januar um 18 Uhr
Ateliers 610 und 621, Abteilung Malerei, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, Wien