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Modernism and modern art in Adorno's late work

Grant number: 18/01504-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2018
Effective date (End): June 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Principal researcher:Marcos Severino Nobre
Grantee:Raquel Patriota da Silva
Supervisor abroad: Georg W Bertram
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  
Associated to the scholarship:16/00472-8 - Theodor Adorno and the construction of artistic modernism, BP.DR


During the internship abroad, we intend to develop the hypothesis set forth in our doctoral research, namely that the notion of "modern art" undergoes important changes throughout Adorno's writings. Following our research schedule, we shall focus on Adorno's late work, insofar as it shows a broader conception of artistic modernism. For instance, in essays such as "Art and the Arts" and "Transparencies on Film", written in the 1960s, Adorno not only offers a reappraisal of cinema as a form of "authentic" art - which contrasts with his previous writings, where he regarded cinema as a regressive medium - but also suggests a possible "enlargement" of the concept of art due to the ongoing "imbrication" [Verfransung] of artistic genres. We intend to show that these reappraisals are not accidental. They are instead connected with a larger context: the significant changes in postwar artistic production challenged Adorno's earlier interpretive coordinates and called for an expansion of his notion of modern art. By mapping these changes, we aim to grasp the asymmetries and discontinuities that pervade his aesthetics. Thus, the internship abroad will provide the opportunity to debate and develop our research, and will also afford us the possibility of surveying Adorno's unpublished material, which is available in his archives in Germany. (AU)

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