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1. Forum Kunst der Neuzeit

The conference »Forum Kunst der Neuzeit«, organized under the auspices of the Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenshaft and held in Augsburg in September 2016, was dedicated to the topic »The arts during the long ›confessionalization‹, 1517-2017« (»Die Kunst der ›langen‹ Konfessionalisierung 1517–2017«) and, ranging over the epochs, included not only art historical scholarship but also that of the humanities and theology in general.

The conference aimed to take into account the present day approaches of both historians and church historians inasmuch as the differing cultures of the religious denominations during the wide span of years between 1517 and the present was discussed for the first time in the context of the history of art.

No other city than Augsburg, owing to its history, might have been considered more suitable for this conference. After the formulation in 1530 of the »Confessio Augustana«, the creed of the Lutheran Church, the »Augusburger Interim« of 1548, initiated by Charles V, was drawn up, containing an equal apportioning of church offices for both denominations. This culminated in the »Augsburger Reichs- und Religionsfrieden« of 1555.

Thus in keeping with the spirit of the equality of the denominations, the Augsburg conference considered each side of the coin, taking into account the role of architecture and the fine arts within this long denominational process (»Konfessionalisierungsprozess«) as well as regarding the discourse from a discipline-oriented and scholarly perspective. Beyond the limits of genres and epochs, the role of architecture and the fine arts were investigated whereby the focus was on monuments in the German speaking areas. The concept of “Konfessionalisierung” used in the conference title thus describes the parallel yet also in part transversal and interlocking development of church, state and society in the decades and the centuries after 1517.

(Translation: Margaret Daly Davis)

 Hosted by:

Conference Venues:

Universität Augsburg, Universitätsstraße 2, Hörsaalzentrum .
Additional conference venues (evening lectures, accompanying programme):
Zentralbiliothek der Universität Augsburg, Universitätsstraße 22,
Augustana Saal des Ev. Forums Annahof, Im Annahof 4,
Kunstsammlungen und Museen Augsburg, Maximilianmuseum,
Fuggerplatz 1 and Schätzlerpalais / Staatsgalerie Alte Meister in der
Katharinenkirche, Maximilianstraße 46.


  • Wolfgang Augustyn (Zentralistitut für Kunstgeschichte, München)
  • Dorothea Diemer (Universität Augsburg)
  • Birgit Ulrike Münch (Universität Trier)
  • Andreas Tacke (Universität Trier)