Music and Figurative Arts in the Twentieth Century

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Music and Figurative Arts in the Twentieth Century», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from Friday 14 until Sunday 16 November 2014.

The relationship between music and figurative arts during the twentieth century is encoded in the links that exist between various composers and artists (such as Schönberg and Kandinsky, Stravinsky and Marino Marini or Picasso, and so forth), and particularly in the personal experiences of composers who produced graphic scores (namely Bussotti, Guaccero and Cage); the connections extend to installation art.

The present conference aims to explore this multifaceted world and will focus on artistic movements and political-sociological phenomena, including musical iconography associated with totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century.

The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

  • The relationship between composers and artists, painters and sculptors
  • Concurrence of musical and artistic aestethics in the twentieth century
  • Futurists and “The Painting of Sounds, Noises and Smells”
  • Musical iconography of totalitarian regimes
  • Music, visual arts and institutions
  • Iconography and the representation of time in music and the visual arts
  • Rhythm, sound and silence in artistic creation
  • Rhetoric and the figurative arts
  • Musical notation as an artistic element
  • Cage and visual art
  • Sound spaces and the relationship with the musical architecture of Xenakis
  • New artistic expression: installations, performances, and so forth.
  • Popular music and pop art
  • Urban artistic movements: the convergence of art, music and architecture
  • The colour organ and the tradition of mechanical/electomechanical instruments to represent Sound

Programme Committee:

  • Germán Gan-Quesada (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Massimiliano Locanto (Università degli Studi di Salerno)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Luca Lévi Sala (Université de Poitiers)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Keynote Speaker:

  • Björn R. Tammen (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften | Institut für kunst- und musikhistorische Forschungen)

Invited Speakers: 

  • Germán Gan-Quesada (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Luca Lévi Sala (Université de Poitiers)

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.

Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 6 April 2014*** to <>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.

The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of May 2014, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.

For any additional information, please contact: