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CANCELLED- ‘The Heart of Glass’: modern stained glass windows in Germany

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 5.00PM

Speaker(s): Reinhard Köpf, University of Düsseldorf

Apologies, due to unforeseen circumstances this lecture has had to be cancelled.  We are so sorry for any disappointment and inconvenience.

The city of Düsseldorf and its surrounding area is one of the cradles of modern stained glass window design in Germany. Artists like Johan Thorn Prikker (1868 to 1932) and his circle were the first to break with historicist traditions. In the next generation, the famous Georg Meistermann (1911 to 1990) found new solutions in design and image content.

In recent years, however, works by even the best-known artists have not been immune to destruction. One reason has been that we still know too little about them. The lecture focuses on the development of these stunning works of art, and the status quo of art-historical understanding. In order to prevent the gradual but progressive loss of these modern stained glass windows, we must take a more serious look at them, and suggest new strategies for collecting and connecting research results.

Location: King’s Manor, K/G33

Admission: All University of York students and staff welcome