Andreas Beyer

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Andreas Sebastian Beyer (born September 29, 1957 in Königstein im Taunus ) is a German art historian . He is Professor of Modern Art History at the University of Basel .


Andreas Beyer studied art history, classical archeology, Italian philology and theater studies at the universities of Munich, Florence and Frankfurt am Main.

In 1985 he received his doctorate from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. From 1986 to 1988 he was a scholarship holder of the Max Planck Society at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, then a university assistant at the Institute for Art History at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn . There he completed his habilitation in 1994. From 1994 to 1997 he taught as a professor for modern art history at the art history seminar of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena . From 1997 to 2003 he held the chair for art history at RWTH Aachen University .

Andreas Beyer made guest stays in the USA at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC (1993–94), at the Clark Art Institute Williamstown / Mass. (1997), at the Getty Research Center in Los Angeles (1998) and as Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College in Williamstown / Mass. (2000).

From 2003 to 2006 he was a member of the Senate and Approval Committee for the matters of the Collaborative Research Centers of the DFG and of the panel "Cultures and cultural production: literature, visual and performing arts, music, cultural and comparative studies" of the European Research Council . Until 2018 he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and from 2009 to 2016 a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Gerda Henkel Foundation , most recently as its chairman. He is a member of the art commission of the public art collection / Kunstmuseum Basel. Since 2011 he has been President of the Scientific Commission of the Swiss Institute for Art Research and a member of its Board of Trustees. Until 2013 he was a member of the Comité scientifique of Perspective , the journal of the French Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA). Since 2016 he has been a member of the selection committee for the award of Humboldt Research Fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and since 2019 of the Advisory Board of the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) / Art University Linz in Vienna.

From 1995 to 2000 Andreas Beyer was President of the Rudolf Borchardt Society. From 1999 to 2014 he was co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte . He is a regular author of the feature pages of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Süddeutsche Zeitung and co-editor of the Allgemeine Künstlerlexikons . His main research interests are the art and architecture of the modern era as well as the German classical period, political iconography, methodology and the history of science.

In 2013 he was, together with Henry Loyrette, chief curator of the controversial exhibition De l'Allemagne 1800–1939 at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, from which French side politicized direction he distanced himself. In 2014/2015 he curated the exhibition For Your Eyes Only - A Private Collection Between Mannerism and Surrealism , which was shown in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice and the Kunstmuseum Basel.

Since 2003 Andreas Beyer has been a full professor of modern art history at the University of Basel and in 2005 was one of the founding directors of the national research focus on image criticism 'eikones'. From 2009 to 2014 he was on leave from the university and was director of the German Forum for Art History (Max Weber Foundation) in Paris. He renounced a second term of office as well as the appointment as director of the Institut d'études avancées de Paris and returned to his professorship at the University of Basel in 2014. Since 2013 he has been the spokesman for the international research association "'Picture Vehicles" - Aby Warburg's Legacy and the Future of Iconology ", supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research .



  • Andrea Palladio. Teatro Olimpico. Triumphal architecture for a humanistic society. Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1987, ISBN 3-596-23937-0 . Changed and supplemented new edition: Wagenbach, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-8031-2625-2 . (Translation into French)
  • Ten Classics of Art History: An Introduction. DuMont, Cologne 1996.
  • Parthenope: Naples and the South of the Renaissance. (= Art Studies. Vol. 84). Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich / Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-422-06291-2 (= habilitation thesis , University of Bonn, 1998).
  • The portrait in painting. Hirmer, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-7774-9490-9 . (Translations into French, English and Russian)
  • The art of classicism and romanticism. CH Beck, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-406-60762-2 .
  • The art - brought up. Edited by Lena Bader, Johannes Grave and Markus Rath. Wagenbach, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3-8031-2784-6 .

Editions / Editorships (selection)

  • Florence - readings of a city. A literary anthology. Insel Verlag, Frankfurt a. M. 1983, ISBN 3-458-32333-3 .
  • with Ulrich Schütte: Andrea Palladio - The four books on architecture. Artemis, Munich / Zurich 1983, ISBN 3-7608-8116-5 .
  • Tuscany. A literary landscape picture . With photographs by Loretto Buti. Insel Verlag, Frankfurt a. M., 1986, ISBN 3-458-32626-X .
  • with Wolfram Prinz: The Art and Study of Nature from the 14th to the 16th Century. Acta Humaniora, VCH, Weinheim 1987, ISBN 3-527-17558-X .
  • with Norbert Miller : Johann Wolfgang Goethe - The Italian Journey. Munich Goethe edition, volume 15. Hanser Verlag, Munich / Vienna 1992, ISBN 3-446-14024-7 .
  • The legibility of art to the spiritual presence of iconology. Wagenbach, Berlin 1992, ISBN 3-8031-5137-6 .
  • with Bruce Boucher: Piero de'Medici, Il Gottoso - Art in the Service of Medici. Akademie Verlag, Berlin 1993, ISBN 3-05-002368-6 .
  • with Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani among others: Abundance and abundance - Festschrift for Tilmann Buddensieg . VDG, Alfter 1993, ISBN 3-929742-06-3 .
  • with Gabriele Radecke : August von Goethe: On a trip to the south. Diary 1830. Hanser Verlag, Munich / Vienna 1999, ISBN 3-446-19325-1 .
  • The Roman House in Weimar. Series of publications by the Goethe National Museum Weimar. Weimar Classic Foundation. Hanser Verlag, Munich / Vienna 2001, ISBN 978-3-446-19726-8 .
  • with Markus Lohoff: image and knowledge. Forms and functions of the image in science and technology. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich / Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-422-06463-X .
  • with Günter Oesterle and others: The souvenir. Remembrance in things from relic to memento. Exhibition catalog. Museum for Applied Art, Frankfurt am Main 2006. Wieland Verlag, Cologne 2006, ISBN 3-87909-892-1 .
  • Classic and Romantic. History of the fine arts in Germany. Volume 6. Prestel Verlag, Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-7913-3123-2 .
  • with Ernst Osterkamp : Goethe Handbook. Supplements. Vol. 3: Art . JB Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart / Weimar 2011, ISBN 978-3-476-02163-2 ( content , overview ).
  • with Matteo Burioni and Johannes Grave : The Eye of Architecture. On the question of imagery in architecture. Wilhelm Fink, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-7705-5081-4 .
  • with Jean-Marie Valentin: Lessing, la critique et les arts. Editions de la maison des sciences de l'homme, Paris 2014, ISBN 978-2-7351-1735-2 .
  • with Dario Gamboni: Poiesis. About doing in art. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin / Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-422-07149-0 .
  • with Angela Mengoni and Antonia von Schöning: Interpositions. Montage of the image et production du sens. Editions de la maison des sciences de l'homme, Paris 2014, ISBN 978-2-7351-1731-4 .
  • with Ernst Osterkamp: Goethe et l'art. Éditions de la maison des sciences de l'homme, Paris 2014, ISBN 978-3-476-02163-2 .
  • For Your Eyes Only. A private collection somewhere between Mannerism and Surrealism. Exhibition catalog Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice / Kunstmuseum Basel 2014/2015, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2014, ISBN 978-3-7757-3742-5 .
  • with Laurent Le Bon : Silence. Silence - On the silent practice of art. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin / Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-422-07292-3 .
  • with Guillaume Cassegrain: Mouvement. Movement - About the dynamic potential of art. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin / Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-422-07293-0 .
  • with Philippe Morel and Alessandro Nova : Voir l'au-delà. L'expérience visionnaire et a representation dans l'art italien de la Renaissance. Brepols, Turnhout 2017, ISBN 978-2-503-57470-7 .
  • with Etienne Jolet and Markus Rath: repetition. Repetition. Recurrence, Variation and Translation in Art , Passagen / Passages Volume 56, Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin and Munich 2018, ISBN 978-3-422-07400-2 .
  • The presence of antiquity in architecture , Colloquia Raurica Volume 12, De Gruyter, Berlin / Boston 2018, ISBN 978-3-11-037125-3 .
  • with Horst Bredekamp , Uwe Fleckner and Gerhard Wolf : picture vehicles. Aby Warburg's legacy and the future of iconology. Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-8031-3675-6 .



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. About us / organizational chart , website of the Swiss Institute for Art Research, accessed on April 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Website of the Institut national d'histoire de l'art ( Memento of November 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - Selection Committee_STP. In: Retrieved June 6, 2016 .
  4. Niklas Maak: From deep valley to Riefenstahl . Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH. April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  5. Andreas Beyer | Picture vehicles. In: Retrieved June 6, 2016 .