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Please note: early bird registration’s deadline coming up on July 11th!


The 52nd International AICA Congress, a Project by AICA Germany in Cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation, will take place from October 1st – 7th October 2019 in Cologne and Berlin.

Danièle Perrier, president of AICA Germany, informs the membership that the highlight in Cologne will be the awarding of the Price for Distinguished Art Criticism to a well-known art critic from Germany at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. The first two days in Cologne are dedicated to the administrative tasks of AICA International. If you want to join the congress in Cologne and are not involved with commissions and the administration council, you will be able to register for a sightseeing visit (only if there are at least 8 participants) Guests are welcome.

On Thursday morning, we will take the rapid train ICE at 8:44AM, which arrives around 1 o’clock at Berlin main station. Please book your reservation ASAP, as there are no other good connections in order to arrive in Berlin in time for the beginning of the congress at 3.30 p.m. The opening ceremony of the congress itself will take place on October 3rd at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. On the 4th and 5th the congress will be hosted by the Berlinische Galerie.

The Congress Theme Art Criticism in times of Populism and Nationalism addresses some virulent issues concerning the role of art criticism from different perspectives. Our congress is dedicated to the possibilities of critical engagement with art as a socially embedded yet aesthetically free form of expression.

It builds on a diversity of perspectives and provides for moderated discussions after each presentation or after two paired lectures. We want scientists, artists, authors, journalists to have their say and actively involve the audience. Not only the lectures, but also the resulting discussions will be recorded in the congress files.

From the 39 applicants who answered the call for papers, our international jury has selected 11 participants. We look forward to have long discussions with them and our other invited referees and hope that you will engage in the debates.

For more detailed information and the congress’ programme, please consult our freshly arranged congress website There you will also find the possibility to register. Do not wait too long, Berlin attracts many people for the National Holiday and the prices may raise soon.

You can also find information on AICA International website:

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