Die S-List. Ein kuratierter Kanon der Skulptur von Michelangelo bis Margolles

Philipp Gehmacher
Fine Arts and Media Art, Sculpture and Space
2022S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04196


A seminar by Luise Reitstätter and Philipp Gehmacher

Aims, Contents and Methodology of the Course

"David" (1501-1504) by Michelangelo, the Statue of Liberty (1886) by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, "The Endless Column" (1938) by Constantin Brancusi, "Maman" (1999) by Louise Bourgeois or "¿De qué otra cosa podríamos hablar?" (2009) by Teresa Margolles are just some of the examples that come to mind when it comes to naming distinct sculptural works. In a spectrum ranging from singular objects, multi-part installations to expansive large-scale works, the course "The S-List" is dedicated to sculpture across various epochs. The objective is to gain a thorough understanding of sculpture and its forms through an intensive examination of case studies.
In order to unite different perspectives on sculpture, the course is realised as a cooperation between the Institute of Art History of the University of Vienna and the Department of Sculpture and Space of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Together with the two lecturers Luise Reitstätter and Philipp Gehmacher and the students from both universities, the course draws on references from art history and artistic practice. Various recommendations from colleagues as well as the students' own contributions create together a collection of sculptures, the so-called S-List, in which we deal intensively with the individual works as well as the genesis of this collection. In this way, we reflect on mechanisms of recommendation* as well as processes of inclusion and exclusion that go hand in hand with any kind of selection, collection or canon. In order to participate, a certain openness to engage in collective learning processes and more experimental forms of teaching (physical practice, observation, text development, publication analysis, etc.) is required.

* See also the online magazine A-List referenced in the title, where artists also share their preferences, e.g. https://www.a-list.at/wien/insider/l/insider-wien-hans-schabus-kunst.html (15/12/2021).

Examination Modalities

The assessment of performance is carried out through the participants' partial performance in working with the case studies.
Specifically, these are a. an oral presentation, b. documented source research, c. active cooperation and collegial support, and d. a visual and textual documentation of our joint research.


Session 1           Friday 6th May 2022, 10:00 – 14:00

Session 2           Saturday 7th May 2022, 10:00 – 16:00

Session 3           Friday 10th June 2022, 10:00 – 14:00 

Session 4           Saturday, 11th June  2022, 10:00 – 16:00 

The lecture rooms will be announced soon.

Please register with Philipp Gehmacher by email with a short explanation and mentioning your own field of study. As the course is a cooperation with the University of Vienna, there is a limited number of places. 

Key Words

Körper, Kanon, Recherche, sculpture

Course Enrolment

From 25 February 2022, 12:00 to 16 March 2022, 12:00
Via online registration

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic and Research Practice: Offers beyond the ZKF

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic and Research Practice: Free Electives out of Artistic and Research Practice

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible