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Art and Power:
the history
of art


The Getty Foundation, headquartered in Los Angeles, United States, is supporting the project “Art and Power: Decolonizing Art History,” coordinated by Prof. Dr. Jens Baumgarten (Department of Art History of the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil – UNIFESP), which includes Prof. Dr. Vinicius Spricigo (Unifesp), and the collaboration of Prof. Dr. Ana Magalhães (Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo, Brazil – MAC-USP), Prof. Dr. Maria Berbara (Department of Theory and Art History of the State University of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ), Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen (Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, Italy – BHMPI.

The broad aim is to explore different theoretical models (for example, decolonial and postcolonial approaches), their value, and also their limits for Art History. More specifically, the program addressed the need to identify and analyze visual regimes and reflect critically on the construction of power as a strategy of social dominance and silencing of segregated cultures, including approaches to racism, feminism, and gender. Consequently, such reflections also address museological and curatorial policies in the formation of artistic canons and institutions and their relation to social, political, and economic issues in different contexts.

The activities started with selecting two Brazilian graduate students in art history who received a scholarship from the Bibliotheca Hertziana-Max Planck Institute to deepen their research in Rome for three months, in continuity with the activities carried out in Brazil.

The program includes a Webinar on historiographical issues, a study trip to Italy, including an “Art and Power” School at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, and a Workshop to discuss research results. Students from the three universities involved, through a selection process, will actively participate in the activities, including the study trip, in which those involved will present their research and participate in theoretical debates and technical visits.

The initiative will promote expanding the internationalization of Brazilian universities, allowing the production of new knowledge, disseminating it among the academic community and society, and forming new collaborative networks for future projects.

Technical Data


Getty Foundation – Connecting Art Histories

Administrative and financial management
Fundação de Apoio à Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Project leader
Prof. Dr. Jens Baumgarten

Scientific Collaborators
Profª. Drª Ana Gonçalves Magalhães, Profª. Drª Maria Berbara, Prof. Dr. Vinicius Pontes Spricigo, Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen

Scientific Assistant
Ana Paula dos Santos Salvat

Research Assistant
Glaucio de Souza Santos

Graphic Design