GA TALK 034 “Teaching Art in Times of Armed Conflict” by Saskia Bos (Art Historian, Curator, Critic)

Walid Raad: I might die before I get a rifle, 2004/ワリッド・ラード《I might die before I get a rifle》2004年

GLOBAL ART TALK 034 “Teaching Art in Times of Armed Conflict” by Saskia Bos (Art Historian, Curator, Critic)

How can one teach art classes in a time where so many international conflicts are leading to war, economic hardship and migration? If we cannot ignore the reality around us, we can focus on what art critics and curators know best: the responses of artists to the worst of times.
From Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso via the photos of Robert Capa, art historian and curator Saskia Bos will show how famous artists in past and present have visualised these deeply disturbing themes.
And how racial tensions have otherwise determined visual expression which, in turn, was censored or deemed unwanted. The works of Philip Guston, but also recent Documenta artists will be discussed.
Bos will discuss her work as a researcher of museum networks like CIMAM, that also copes with contemporary tensions in museums in countries where free speech is often endangered.

About the Talk

Time/Date:2022.8.8 Mon.16:00〜17:30
Admission:Free (Booking required)
Venue:Ningenkan, B1F, Video Hall, Kyoto University of the Arts &Online Talk
※This venue is limited to students, faculty, and staff of the University. Please note that the general public can participate online.
Moderator: Koichiro Osaka
Translator: Kei Nakayama

*We will hold the Global Art Talk online this time to take preventive measures against the proliferation of COVID-19. Please kindly understand that we still have possibility to cancel this event depending on the circumstances.

Organized by:Kyoto University of the Arts, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS

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About the Speaker

Saskia Bos (Art Historian, Curator, Critic)
Bos is an independent curator and critic of contemporary art, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has a long experience in exhibition making, teaching and in arts administration both in Europe and in the US; she is also the founding director of De Appel’s curatorial program, and has been the Dean of the School of Art at the Cooper Union, New York, between 2005 and 2016. She is currently on the Board of CIMAM(International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art).

Bos has produced many international projects and collaborated with many institutions: one of her first international projects was editing the catalogues for Documenta 7 in Kassel and assisting the curatorial team of Rudi Fuchs. Other projects include: Sonsbeek ’86, Arnhem, The Netherlands; Venice Biennale 1988 (Co-curator of Aperto); Biennale Sao Paulo (Dutch Commissioner) 1998; 2nd Berlin Biennial, 2001 and 3rd Skulptur Biënnale Münsterland, 2003.
In 2009 she curated the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


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Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art

The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of the Arts, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding.

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Curatorial Research Program of the HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of the Arts is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.


Peter Paul Rubens’s copy of The Battle of Anghiari, 1603/ピーテル・パウル・ルーベンスによる《アンギアーリの戦い》の模写、1603年

Philip Guston: Untitled, 1980/フィリップ・ガストン《無題》1980年

Francis Newton Souza: Mr Sebastian, 1955/フランシス・ニュートン・ソウザ 《Mr Sebastian》1995年