KISDtalk: "Beautiful Anarchy: The Work of Johan Thorn Prikker"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design , 11. Juni 2019

Prik  (Bild: KISD )

Johan Thorn Prikker was Professor for Painting at the Kölner Werkschule from 1926 to 1932. While referring to the legacy of Aristotle, Giambattista Vico and Friedrich von Schiller, guest speaker Marjorie Jongbloed will in this public talk argue that Prikker’s holistic point of view offers an inspiring perspective on art and politics, especially on current re-inventions of the healing power of art.

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KISDtalk: "Beautiful Anarchy: The Work of Johan Thorn Prikker"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design


  • 11. Juni 2019
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr
  • in meinen Kalender übertragen


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Cologne


free entry


KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


Marjorie Jongbloed, artist and author, Cologne


KISD – Köln International School of Design

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Although Prikker's work dates back to the last century, Prikker’s life and work still confronts us with compelling insights in the complex relationships between art and artistry, art and society, and art and religion. Prikker’s apparently decorative paintings and designs were not meant to be just beautiful ornaments. Prikker‘s immense artistic oeuvre, as well as his engagement as a teacher, curator, and designer stems from the (romantic) conviction that art sets free the human imagination, creates excessive states of being and anarchy and that these experiences are indispensable for truly free creation!

Marjorie Jongbloed studied art at Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and Comparative Literature at Groningen University, Amsterdam University, and Dartmouth College, USA. She curated exhibitions and edited publications on contemporary art for museums and institutions such as Bonnefantenmuseum, Bund der deutschen Industrie, Museum Ludwig, VolkswagenStiftung, and the United Nations. Currently, she works as an independent artist and author in Cologne. She is a guest lecturer at KISD since 2015.

The talk will be held in English language.

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give space for an open-minded and profound analysis and reflexion of the manifold issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.
The talks take place on specified dates on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the conference room 11 at KISD. The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.