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Sept. 19, 2005

German Art Historians Present Guest Lectures Sept. 27 And 29

The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present lectures Sept. 27 and 29 by two visiting art historians from Germany who specialize in the study of 18th and 19th-century French history, art and culture:

-- Gudrun Gersmann will speak on "Death and Resurrection of a King -- the fate of Louis XVI " at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Room E109 of the Art Building; and

-- Hubertus Kohle will speak on "Catastrophic Landscapes: From John Martin to Franz Marc," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, also in Room E109 of the Art Building.

Both lectures will be free and open to the public, and each will be followed by a reception for the speaker.

Kohle did his graduate studies in Bonn, Florence and Paris in Romance languages, philosophy, history and art history. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Bochum, where he wrote on Diderot's art theory and Menzel's paintings. He has taught at universities in Bochum, Cologne and Munich, where he has been chair of the art history department since 2000.

Kohle specializes in 18th-early 20th century French and German painting, art theory and digital art. He has published several books and many articles.

Gersmann did her graduate studies in Paris, Geneva and the University of Bochum, receiving her doctorate in history at Bochum in 1991. Her dissertation, "The Shadow of the Bastille: Underground Literature and Censorship in 18th-century Paris," was published as a book in 1993 and received the Gleim Literature Prize in 1997. She also wrote on "Witch-Hunting in North-Western Germany." She has taught at Bochum and Munich and was just appointed full professor at the University of Aachen.

Gersmann is currently studying Parisian mass culture in the late 18th and 19th centuries. She has written and edited several books and published many articles.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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