Hannover, 14.-15.09.2018

Herrenhausen Symposium: From Garden Art to Landscape Architecture. Traditions, Re-Evaluations, and Future Perspectives

Originally, the area of responsibility for landscape architecture was based on the premise that the planning and creating of open spaces such as parks and gardens was the business of garden artists. Today, the training of landscape architects and future challenges of the profession include the protection of natural resources and the environment, urban planning or tourism - to name but a few. The international symposium "From Garden Art to Landscape Architecture - Traditions, Re-Evaluations, and Future Perspectives" addresses questions which, based on the idea of garden art, will help to reconstruct its historical development but also discuss the notion and the relevance of "art" in everyday work. The contributions will critically reflect on the professional self-image of landscape architects at the beginning of the 21st century.

Today, the term "Gartenkunst" ("garden art") is often restricted to historic parks and gardens, regardless of whether these met the artistic demands at the time of their creation, or because they have survived to this day. Which present-day parks and gardens can be regarded as the work of a garden artist? Which criteria would qualify a garden artist? Who would be worth considering?

The first section of the symposium will examine the transformation of the term "Gartenkunst" both nationally and internationally. One core topic will be the radical change during the 20th century when contemporary and historic garden art became separate disciplines.

The second section discusses if contemporary garden art exists or even should exist. Do the fine arts/visual arts of today have the sole right of representation? Where are the boundaries to architecture? What would denote a landscape architect as an artist?

During the third section, internationally renowned landscape architects whose work features distinctive characteristics, will self-reflexively take a stand on the question of whether their creations are garden art or not.

The Herrenhausen Symposium invites professionals working in municipal administration, city planning offices, governmental agencies such as nature conservation agencies, departments for the conservation of historic buildings and in educational institutions like universities - as employees, civil servants or freelancers - as well as scientists e.g. from the field of landscape architecture. "From Garden Art to Landscape Architecture - Traditions, Re-Evaluations, and Future Perspectives" is part of the Herrenhausen Symposia Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation which is joined by the German Association of Garden Art and Landscape Culture (DGGL), the Centre of Garden Art and Landscape Architecture at the Leibnitz University of Hannover, the department Herrenhäuser Gärten of the state capital of Hannover, the European Garden Heritage Network and the association "Schlösser and Gärten Deutschlands".

September 14 & 15, 2018 Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

Preliminary Programme

Friday, September 14th, 2018

09:30 a.m.
Registration and Coffee

10:00 a.m.
Words of Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Wilhelm Krull, Volkswagen Foundation, Hanover, Germany
Volker Epping, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany Ronald Clark, Herrenhausen Gardens, Hanover, Germany

Session I: Garden Art through the Ages
Chair: Sabine Albersmeier, CGL, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany

10:30 a.m.
Garden Art - Changing Significance and Contemporary Requirements
Hubertus Fischer, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany

Is the garden artist the genuine urban planner?
Anette Freytag, Rutgers University, USA

12:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
The Parlour of the Metropolis: Public Parks and Open Space in the British Concessions of China
Yichi Zhang, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

"Landscape architect better carries the professional idea": On the Politics of Words in the Professionalization of Landscape Architecture in the United States
Sonja Dümpelmann, Harvard University, USA

The Professionalization of Landscape Architecture in Japan - Are we Artists, Researcher, Planner or Gardener?
Makoto Akasaka, Chiba University, Japan

3:00 p.m.
Coffee Break

Session II: Researcher's Fair - Visions and New Research Projects
Chair: Christian Werthmann, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany

3:30 p.m.
Lightning Talks by Early Career Scientists

Nayla Al-Akl, American University of Beirut, Libanon
Camilla Allen, University of Sheffield, UK
Ana Catarina Antunes, University of Porto, Portugal
Michelle Knopf, TU Dresden, Germany
Sarah Maibuhr and Verena Zapf, TU Dresden, Germany
Karin Seeber, University of Freiburg, Germany Myungjin Shin, Seoul National University, Korea

New projects from two university teams
Leibniz University of Hanover, University of Kassel

4:30 p.m.
Coffee Break and Poster Session

Session III: Future Challenges for Landscape Architects
Chair: Bianca Maria Rinaldi, Technical University of Turin, Italy

5:00 p.m.
Landscape Design for Global Change
Karsten Jørgensen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

New Curricula for Future Education of Landscape Architects - A Critical Reflection
Stefanie Hennecke, University of Kassel, Germany

Digital Tooling as Landscape Practice
Philip Belesky, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

6:30 p.m.
Coffee Break

Session IV: Was ist Kunst, was ist Gartenkunst heute? / Contemporary Reflections on Art and Garden Art (in German, translation into English will be provided)
Chair: Hartmut Troll, German Association of Garden Art and Landscape Culture, Bruchsal, Germany (tbc)

7:00 p.m.
Tulga Beyerle, Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Germany
Michaela Ott, Professor for Aesthetic Theory, Hamburg State Academy of Higher Artistic and Scientific Education, Germany
Stefan Schweizer, Foundation Schloss und Park Benrath, Dusseldorf, Germany
Udo Weilacher, Institute for Landscape Architecture, TU Munich, Germany

8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Session V: (Garden-)Artist, Designer or Both - Self-Reflections on the Work and the Profession by Renowned Landscape Architects
Chair: Jörg Rekittke, Landscape Architect, Berlin, and Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany

9:00 a.m.
Christophe Girot, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Monika Gora, GORA, Malmö, Sweden
Kamel Louafi, Kamel Louafi Landscape Architects, Berlin, Germany
Mario Schjetnan, Grupo de Diseño Urbano, Mexico-City, Mexico

11:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

Session VI: Future Perspectives
Chair: Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany

12:00 p.m.
Kathryn Moore, International Federation of Landscape Architects, and Birmingham City University, UK

12:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany
Jens Spanjer, President, DGGL, Germany

1:00 p.m.
Farewell Lunch

Please register at

There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential.
The conference language is English.

Herrenhäuser Gärten, Landeshauptstadt Hannover Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gartenkunst und Landschaftskultur e.V. (DGGL) VolkswagenStiftung Zentrum für Gartenkunst und Landschaftsarchitektur (CGL), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover

In cooperation with the Verein Schlösser und Gärten in Deutschland e.V.
and the European Garden Heritage Network EGHN

Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation

Venue and public transport
The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".

Quelle: VolkswagenStiftung

Veranstaltungskalender (Anzahl 3)


Rudolstadt, 19.–20.10.2018

Hippomanie am Hofe

Die Stiftung Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten veranstaltet zusammen mit dem Thüringer [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Bonn, 04.–06.10.2018

Forum Kunst der Neuzeit

Das zweite „Forum Kunst der Neuzeit“ des Deutschen Vereins für Kunstwissenschaft e.V. in Bonn [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Wien (A), 09.–10.10.2018

Architektur. Politik. Geschlecht.

Anlässlich der 120. Wiederkehr des Geburtstags von Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky schrieb die [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Wien (A), 29.07.2018

China in Austria

The workshop “China in Austria” aims to discuss the reception of and engagement with East [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Bern (CH), 31.08.-01.09.2018

Performing Reality

Jahrestagung der Vereinigung der Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker in der Schweiz VKKS [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Hannover, 14.-15.09.2018

From Garden Art to Landscape Architecture

Experts from various fields will discuss questions that will help to reconstruct the [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Frankfurt am Main, 25.–27.10.2018

Ist Kunst widerständig?

Jacques Rancière hat mit seiner Frage „Ist Kunst widerständig?“ eine Diskussion wieder [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Hannover, 13.–15.09.2018

Deckenmalerei und Raumkünste an europäischen Höfen

Deckenmalerei als internationales Medium höfischer Selbstdarstellung um 1700 Das Corpus der [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Essen, 13.–14.09.2018

Die Welt neu denken

Das Symposion ist der programmatischen Auftakt zum facettenreichen Ausstellungs- und [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Brüssel (B), 12.-14.09.2018

The Bruegel Success Story

The Bruegel dynasty, defined here as Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his artistic progeny, [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Rosengarten-Ehestorf, 12.–13.11.2018

Erfolg durch Personal

Wachsende Herausforderungen in der kulturellen Arbeit und eine stärker werdende Konkurrenz [ ... ]

weitere Informationen


Bonn, 14.–15.12.2018

Gründerseminar STARTER des Ver­ban­des Dt. Kunst­historiker

Das Gründerseminar STARTER richtet sich vor allem an Studie­ren­de höherer Semesters und an [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Bonn, 16.11.2018

Workshop „Bild­rechte im Griff“

Der eintägige Workshop „Bild­rechte im Griff“ des Verban­des Deutscher Kunst­historiker [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Deutschland / U.S.A., März/Okt. 2019

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Austauschprogramm zur Provenienzforschung für Museen

Das deutsch-amerikanische Austauschprogramm zur Provenienzforschung (PREP) wird erstmals [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Freiburg, im WS 2018/19

CAS „Museum Studies“

Für ein Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) der berufsbegleitenden, wissenschaftlichen [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Augsburg, 22.–23.10.2018

Audience development for museums

What would museums do without visitors? Today museums recognise and relish their duty to be [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Zürich (CH), 26.10.2018–06.09.2019

Weiterbildungslehrgang Material und Technik 2018/2019

Ein berufsbegleitender Weiterbildungslehrgang des Schweizerischen Instituts für [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Potsdam, 14.09.2018–16.03.2019

Kulturfinanzierung 2018–2019

Für die Finanzierung von Kultureinrichtungen und -projekten stehen grundsätzlich vier [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Potsdam, 30.08.–22.09.2018

Das Einmaleins des Kuratierens

Ausstellungen sind Medien der Repräsentation und der (Re-)Konstruktion von Kultur und [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Berlin, 21.09.–08.12.2018

Zertifikats­kurs Kuratieren

Die Weiterbildung Kuratieren am Berlin Career College der Universität der Künste Berlin geht [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Potsdam, 14.09.2018-16.03.2019

Kulturfinanzierung 2018-2019

Für die Finanzierung von Kultureinrichtungen und -projekten stehen grundsätzlich vier [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Nürnberg, 27.04.2018 und 27.07.2018 / München, 25.05.2018

Basis­wissen zur Selb­ständig­keit für Kreative

Die Tagesseminare geben einen ersten Überblick über die wich­tig­sten Themen­bereiche, die [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Tübingen, ab WS 2016/17

Master-Profil „Mu­se­um & Samm­lungen“

Ab dem WS 2016/17 startet die Universität Tübingen einen neuen Studien­schwer­punkt: Bei der [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Marburg, ab WS 2014/15

Weiterbildungsmaster „Kulturelle Bildung an Schulen“

Der berufsbegleitende Weiterbildungsmaster „Kulturelle Bildung an Schulen“ ist eine [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Frankfurt (Oder), ab WS 2015/16

Masterstudiengang­ „Schutz Euro­päi­scher Kultur­güter“

Das berufsbegleitende Master­studium „Schutz Europäi­scher Kultur­güter” bietet die [ ... ]

weitere Informationen

Kernfach-Master Kunst­ge­schich­te an der Uni­ver­sität Trier

Das Fach Kunstge­schich­te der Universität Trier bietet seit dem WS 2013 einen [ ... ]

weitere Informationen