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Image Controversies: Contemporary Iconoclasm in Art, Media, and Cultural Heritage

Birgit Mersmann

In many contemporary societies we encounter iconoclasm breaking out with renewed violence. Iconoclastic actions against objects of visual material culture and testimonials of history act as dynamite in the public sphere. They are expressions of political, religious, national, and identity conflicts. Even the freedom of art is threatened by censorship and cancel culture. Based on case studies from different world regions, contemporary iconoclasms in art, media, and cultural heritage are critically analyzed from both a global and an interdisciplinary perspective.
Divided into three sections, the book discusses attacks on monuments and memorials, idol disputes in museums and the visual arts, and forms of mediated iconoclasm in contemporary art.

Book Details

  • Publisher: de Gruyter
  • Publish Date: Sep 11st, 2024
  • Pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9783110773484
  • Categories: History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)Art & PoliticsConservation & Preservation

About the Author

Birgit Mersmann, University of Bonn; Christiane Kruse, Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel; Arnold Bartetzky, Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) Leipzig

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