History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Oliver Botar

Professor

School of Art, University of Manitoba

Oliver Botar is a Professor of Art History in the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. He did his doctoral work under the direction of Professor Robert Welsh, in the the then Department of Fine Art at U of T, submitting his thesis “Prolegomena to the Study of Biomorphic Modernism:  Biocentrism, László Moholy-Nagy’s ‘New Vision’ and Ernő Kállai’s Bioromantik” in 1998. It was a major contribution to the study of German and Hungarian intellectual history. He is a leading scholar of the Bauhaus and Hungarian modernism, who brings to bear his deep knowledge of urban planning and history of science in his writing on historical and contemporary art and design. His many publications in English, German, and Hungarian, include the major catalogues, Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts (2014) and A Bauhausler in Canada: Andor Weininger in the 50s (2009).

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