Lectures

23

Apr

2020

20:00

Tagore und Gandhi (1940)The Arts Society Hamburg very much regrets that it has taken the decision to cancel this lecture due to the increasing seriousness of the Coronavirus.

 

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is arguably the most important Indian artistic figure of the modern era. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, claimed that he had two gurus: Gandhi and Tagore. A renowned poet, novelist, composer and painter, Tagore is also the only person in history to have written the national anthems for two countries (India and Bangladesh).

This lecture provides an introduction to Tagore’s remarkable life and work, including his novels, poetry, songs and paintings. It also explores the role Tagore’s art played in the story of India’s fight for independence.

 

Biography

Dr John Stevens is a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, and a member of academic staff at the SOAS South Asia Institute. His PhD in History is from University College London. He teaches British Imperial history, Indian history and Bengali language, and is a regular visitor to India and Bangladesh. He publishes widely in the fields of British and Indian history. His biography of the Indian guru Keshab Chandra Sen – Keshab: Bengal’s Forgotten Prophet - was published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2018. He appears regularly in the Indian media, and was recently a guest on BBC Radio Four’s In Our Time, discussing the poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore.

 Poster_2020_04_23_Tagore.pdf (184 KB)

Date:
Time:
23.04.2020
20:00 Uhr
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Lecturer:
John Stevens
Location:
 
Vortragsraum (first floor), Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky, Von-Melle-Park 3, 20146 Hamburg

18

June

2020

20:00

The Sunflower. Gustav Klimt 1906-1907A fascinating talk exploring the many depictions, myths and cultural roles of that most glorious of plants, the sunflower.

Tracing its origins from South America, its association with the god Apollo, to its role in art as personification of kings starring in depictions by artists from van Dyck to van Gogh. Worshipped by the aesthetes and arts and crafts movements it found favour in the gardens of the Impressionists, and led a touch of magic to the humbler cottage garden.

From Clytie to Klimt this is the extraordinary tale of an extraordinary plant.

 

Biography

Twigs Way is a successful writer, researcher and speaker, who is fascinated by the social and cultural aspects of garden history including landscapes in art and literature. She combines this with a specialist consultancy in management of historic landscapes.

 Poster_2020_06_18_Sunflower.pdf (133 KB)

Date:
Time:
18.06.2020
20:00 Uhr
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Lecturer:
Twigs Way
Location:
 
Vortragsraum (first floor), Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky, Von-Melle-Park 3, 20146 Hamburg