26-27 February 2015
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, I–50122 Florence
Organized by Melania Savino and Eva-Maria Troelenberg
Max-Planck-Research Group “Objects in the Contact Zone – The cross-cultural Lives of Things”
Throughout the modern history of Italy, objects and cultural and artistic practices from non-European cultures such as Africa, the Arab world, South and Southeast Asia, China and South America have contributed to the construction of a modern Italian visual identity. Cross-cultural and cross-national exchanges between Italy and non-Western countries led to the introduction of “other” visual practices and codes into the Italian framework, where they contributed to redefinitions of visual narratives or the hybridization of iconographic languages. Against the background of historical circumstances such as the rise of nationalist movements and colonial sentiments, these encounters have not only raised questions about the possibilities of understanding between European and non-European cultures but also participated in the creation of a new visual language.