Conference Alert: Collecting and the Princely Apartment

From H-Museum:

Collecting and the Princely Apartment
Conference on Collecting and Display, 100 BC to AD 1700
Ottobeuren (Germany), Abbey of Ottobeuren
July 13-17, 2007

The history of collecting is becoming an increasingly important field of
cultural history, attracting specialists from a wide range of disciplines,
such as art historians, archaeologists, court and book historians. Thus it
functions as a forum for interdisciplinary discussion unparalleled in most
other fields of research.

Interesting though the building of collections, the hunt for specific
objects, and the fate of the successful or ruined collector are in their own
right, the issue of display must not be forgotten. In fact, a specific form
of display was often seen as vital for the enjoyment and understanding of
the exhibits. In some cases the same importance was given to developing an
appropriate form of display as to gaining ownership of desirable objects.

Convenors: Dr Andrea Gáldy, Susan Bracken, Adriana Turpin


Friday 13 July 2007

Ca 6pm coach from Munich airport arrives at Ottobeuren (map)
See list of hotels at end of programme, please make your own arrangements

7 - 9 pm Reception and registration at the Benedictine monastery Ottobeuren

Saturday 14 July 2007

9.30 - 10am Registration

10 - 11am Introduction and guided tour
Prof Dr Ulrich Faust OSB

11 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 1pm
Collecting & Display in the Apartments of the Medici Ducal Palace in the
Sixteenth Century
Andrea Gáldy

OH and S at Neuburg
Lisa Kirch

The Green Closet/(Long Gallery) at Ham to its 'Lost' Equivalents Abroad
Christopher Rowell

1 - 2.30 Lunch

2.30 - 4
Melchior de Hondecoeter, Jan Weenix, and Royal Taste and Patronage
Joy Kearney

Les collections d'objets d'art du chancelier Séguier et de son épouse (1672,
1683). Le goût de deux grands amateurs du règne de Louis XIV.
Stéphane Castelluccio

4 - 4.15 Break

4.15 - 5
Thomas Coke’s European Tour: the Princely Apartments of Rome, 1712 – 1718
Andrew Moore

General discussion

7.30 - 10.00 Concert 'Nachwuchskünstlerpodium International' in the
Emperor's Hall for those who wish to attend (price of ticket not included)
See list of restaurants at the end of programme

Sunday 15 July 2007

High Mass in the Basilica for those who wish to attend

11 - 12.30 pm
Achieving Comfort and Privacy without Sacrificing Status. The Decoration and
Pictures in Apartements Privées versus Apartements d'Apparat
Alden Gordon

Art's Emancipation from the Ceremonial. The Development of Spatial
Seperation of Art Collections from the Princely Apartments: The Wittelsbach
Residences in Düsseldorf and Mannheim
Angela M. Opel

12.30 - 2pm Lunch

2 - 3.30
Schwerin Castle and its Collections around the Middle of the Eighteenth
Gero Seelig

Painting and Sculpture Galleries in the German State Apartments at the
Beginning of the Eighteenth Century
Virginie Spenle

The Erbach Collection of Vases and Antiquities
Volker Heenes

3.30 - 4 Tea break

4 - 5 Respondent(s) and general discussion

Conference dinner in beer garden with Bavarian food and beer brewed on the

Monday 16 July: morning free, afternoon excursion to the Fugger castle in
Kirchheim and Baroque museum Ochsenhausen.
Tuesday 17 July: Excursion to the Munich Residence; conference finishes at
lunchtime, lunch not included.

Booking fee (including refreshments and lunches, reception on Friday
evening, transfer from Munich airport to Ottobeuren on Friday afternoon*)
for the academic sessions on Sat & Sun: £60

Booking fee (bus transfer and entries, excluding refreshments and lunches)
for the visits on Monday and Tuesday: £40
Booking fee for the academic sessions and visits (as above) on all four
days: £95
We have four places reserved for students (for all four days): £50
Conference dinner on Sunday evening: £15

* This depends on numbers of delegates arriving on Friday afternoon. If you
wish to take advantage of the bus transfer from the airport, please make
sure that your flight arrives at Munich airport by 2pm.

If you wish to attend the conference, please fill in the Booking Form
(, and send it by return of
post with payment (by cheque payable to The University of London), to

Collecting & Display
Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

If you book from abroad or have any other query connected with the
conference, please contact Andrea Gáldy at

Sponsored by the Henry Moore Foundation.


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