date and venue

12 - 14 march 2014, Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon, PORTUGAL

conference description

The concept Gesamtkunstwerk (or total work of art) is defined by the universal, globalizing and totalizing nature of a work of art when it combines painting, sculpture, architecture, music, poetry and other arts.  In the specific context of German Post-Romanticism, Richard Wagner (1813–1883) attempted to synthesize the work of art in a resounding combination between symphonic music, dramatic action in text interpretation and stage representation, through painting and sculpture, seeking to awaken in audiences subtle and deep emotions. Although the German concept Gesamtkunstwert was not originally used by Wagner, the eloquent way he refers to an ideal of unification of all art forms by means of theatrical representation presents the «consummation of the artwork of the future».

This conference seeks to rethink the concept of Gesamkunstwerk, analyzing the way artists before and after Wagner, in Europe and the World, combined different forms of art, establishing unequivocal relationships between concepts and materials. We aim at systematizing creative processes that rely on the transgression of the individualizing tradition of the art forms in favour of symbiotic mechanisms between visual arts, multimedia art, performance arts, popular arts, and “primitive” arts.

This conference seeks to put into perspective theoretical and practical models of synthesis of arts patent in the several cultural contexts all over the world.

In the context of the Gesamtkunstwerk, beyond these issues, it is important to examine not only the synthesis models of artistic forms, but also textual and visual references often aggregated by works of art.


Artistic Studies Research Centre, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon (CIEBA/FBAUL)


Rui Oliveira Lopes (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Fernando António Baptista Pereira (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Maria João Ortigão (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Fernando Rosa Dias (CIEBA/FBAUL)

scientific board

Rui Oliveira Lopes (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Fernando António Batista Pereira (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Maria João Ortigão (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Fernando Rosa Dias (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Susana Sousa Dias (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Margarida Brito Alves (IHA-FCSH/UNL)

Diana V. Almeida (ULICES/FLUL)

Eduardo Duarte (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Jorge dos Reis (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Carlos Couto Sequeira e Costa (FLUL)

Susana Martins (IHA-FCSH/UNL)

Teresa Matos Pereira (ESE/IPL)

conference assistant

Pedro Reisinho (CIEBA/FBAUL)

working languages

English / Portuguese

conference programme

conference abstracts

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conference the gesamtkunstwerk. a concept for all times and places

arte numa perspetiva global

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Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas-Artes

1249 – 058, Lisboa – PORTUGAL

( (+351) 21 325 252 113



academic and artistic activities in the context of the programme art in a global perspective

research areas

the programme is organized in seven research areas and three areas for artistic production


art in a global perspective is an initiative of the artistic studies research centre, faculty of fine arts, university of lisbon