International Research Award

of the Max Weber Foundation in Cooperation with the Historisches Kolleg

The Awardee 2015

The art historian and philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman has been teaching as Maître de Conférences at the Centre d’Histoire et Théorie des Arts of the Parisian École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) since 1990.

In his numerous and cross-border publications Didi-Huberman explores the history and theory of images as well as anthropology and psychoanalysis: He asks questions about the meaning of art and images, about visual appearance and perception, about the self referentiality of art, about the ethic of images and the limits of representation. In his work, he tries to connect art history with contemporary art and cultural studies.

As a visiting professor he taught in Berkely, at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, at Johns Hopkins University, Kanazawa College of Art, Northwestern University and the FU Berlin. His research took him to Rome (Académie de France), Florence (Villa I Tatti-Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) and London (Institute of Advance Study, Warburg Institute). He organized numerous exhibitions, amongst them “L’Empreinte” at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 1997), “Fables du lieu” at the Studio national des Arts contemporains (Tourcoing, 2001) and “Atlas” at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2010).

The many international awards Georges Didi-Huberman has received illustrate the appreciation for his work, not only in Germany but world wide.