Critique is co-originary with modern culture and a fundamental instrument of modern self-awareness. This is particularly true of art criticism: It equally deals with a viewer’s sensory-reflexive encounter with an object as well as with himself/herself as the discerning and reflecting subject. The current state of research is diametrically opposed to the relevance of the phenomenon: The genesis, history and methods of art criticism have only been touched upon. The currently prevalent talk of a „crisis“ in art criticism is lacking a thorough analysis of the genre and its purpose. Thus, the primary focus of the professorship which is realized in cooperation with the Leuphana University Lüneburg is the fundamental question of what exactly can be considered art criticism and how it can constitute itself.

Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Stephanie Marchal