Alois Riegl () was an Austrian art-historian and philosopher. titled The Modern Cult of the Monument: Its Character and Its Origin. Alois Riegl’s classic essay “The Modern Cult of Monuments: Its Character and Origin” () is often cited as the first, and most profound, formulation of. Alois Riegl’s classic essay ”The Modern Cult of Monuments: Its Character and Origin” () is often cited as the first, and most profound, formulation of.

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This seems a frequent occurrence in our culture, which values age, documentary significance and aesthetic quality to similar degrees. We are living with the results. The museum was later renamed the Museum of Applied Arts. The problem is, of course, that buildings exist across time—and into the present.

This leads to an explicit recognition of the value of the fragment, which in turn became a fundamental construct of modern critical thought — as explored and expanded by Warberg, Benjamin, Adorno, etc. If so, should this stop us from replicating? The aim of this paper is to bridge these perspectives through a critical reading of the text.

This truncated version was canonized in the English language journal Oppositions in Demolition of the building would reveal the cathedral all at once. What are reading intentions? Two versions of the essay were published in At the end of his life, during his brief association with the Austrian monuments commission, Riegl applied his ideas to the monument, in draft legislation and in a number of articles and opinions. To avoid this, one option could be to present replicas as strictly documentary material and not art work along the lines of documentary and archival material in exhibitions, usually in a dedicated section.

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Alois Riegl and the Modern Cult of the Monument

This process has, in effect, frozen large swathes of the built environment in time—a situation that is unsustainable in cultural, social, and economic terms. Please log in to set a read status. For Riegl the quality of age value is produced when the viewing subject contemplates the traces of the old contained in the monument; the value of the monument is thus realized through the emotions.

Riegl outlines the organizational framework of his system Progetto, — It makes it easy to scan through your lists and keep track of progress. An art historian, lawyer, and museum curator, Riegl wrote his essay with a practical aim: Anthropology of the Built Environment: Against the normative and allegedly antihistorical epistemologies of the Enlightenment, especially the thought of Kant, historicism insisted on the historicity of all knowledge and all forms of cognition.

On the notion of Kunstwollen and its relationship to history and temporality, see M. Age Value and Formalist Aesthetics Riegl acknowledged that all work, including that of the scientist and the historian, is conditioned by subjective judgment.

This tremendously influential essay is generally seen as the beginning of the modern approach to monuments. Help Center Find new research papers in: Moving beyond the Rieglian analysis, I would like to raise one last issue. Wayne State University Press,— Cataloguing and disseminating Naum Gabo’s archives A project to catalogue more than sixty boxes of fo material related to the artist Naum Gabo. Key points, for instance, are the values that an art work can acquire when it enters a public collection and, closely tied with that, the currently prevailing views over the social role of the art museum.

Alois Riegl The Modern Cult of Monuments. Its Character and its Origin.

This case offers, in my view, a powerful reminder of one of the key issues surrounding replication: This poses the question, addressed further down, of its changing values over time, which is particularly relevant in relationship to its second possible use, in a public display.


One of the casts is on permanent display, despite the fact that the notion of casting a work that places so much emphasis on the direct handling of stone and truth to materials sounds questionable to most modern ears. Riegl thought an absolute art-value completely independent of the present Kunstwollen impossible to define. Informed by his training in law and art history and by his experience as a museum curator, it is a carefully crafted treatise with a practical aim: For Riegl, different ages encourage the cult of different values.

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Rather age value is something more subtle and profound: Please log in to set a read status Setting a reading intention helps you organise your reading. N ineteenth century laws were all tailored to the notion that the unintentional monument possessed only a historical value: Our modern view of art, Riegl writes, rejects the notion of an objectively valid canon. While monumebts age has its own mode of artistic representation, it may include modes from previous eras.

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MIT Press,—19; and D. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Main menu additional Become a Member Shop. From this perspective, the replica could cater for our aesthetic needs, showing the sculpture in its intended condition. But since we are discussing art works, the emphasis on use dovetails with that on art-valueand in particular newness.

However, as we have seen, after its creation the replica itself acquires historical and age-value. Contact Contact Us Help. To set a reading intention, click through to any list item, and look for the panel on the left hand side:.

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