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Dr. Daniela Stöppel

Winter Semester 2016/17

Daniela Stöppel is assistant professor at LMU's Institute of Art History. She studied art history, sociology and communication studies in Munich and received her Ph.D. from LMU in 2008 with a thesis on "Visual sign systems in avant-garde art". From 2004 to 2006, she was part of the DFG research project "Geschichte der Kunstgeschichte im Nationalsozialismus. Aufbau eines themenorientierten Forschungsnetzwerks" (Historiography of art during the NS period), and she then became assistant professor at the Institute of Art History, Munich. Her Ph.D. thesis was awarded with the "Preis der Universitätsgesellschaft" (award for best dissertations of LMU) and with the "Forschungspreis für angewandte Kunst, Internationaler Nachwuchsförderpreis des Zentralinstituts für Kunstgeschichte in München für herausragende Forschungsarbeiten auf dem Gebiet der Angewandten Kunst" (award for outstanding research in the field of applied art). In 2015, a scholarship of the DAAD and MSH allowed her to spend several months in Paris working on a research project concerning the oeuvre of Gustave Courbet in the broader context of natural sciences of the 19th century. Her general research interests are European avant-garde art, the history of painting from 19th to 21st century and historiography of art.

Her stay as junior researcher in residence at CAS will be dedicated primarily to her recent research project "Courbet in the context of natural science". In the beginning of her stay, the focus lies on reconstructing Courbet's personal network in the world of doctors, geologists, chemists, meteorologists, botanists and other naturalists. This shall then lead to identifying the ways in which these contacts became visible in his work of art. Assuming that the crucial ideologically and controversially discussed questions of Earth history, the quality of material, or the origin of live are not only reflected by Courbet on an iconographic basis but also in the formal treatment of paint, a new definition of the term "realism" in this context shall be tried. Corresponding to her own research Daniela will organize a workshop investigating the general relation between art and science in the 19th century, which will take place in March 2017.

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