Eva Koethen, Xiao Xiao:
Das Werk – der Weg
Eine interkulturelle Begegnung zwischen Künstlerin und Kuratorin

Der Bildband »Das Werk – der Weg« ist die Dokumentation einer Ausstellung der Künstlerin Eva Koethen, die als retrospektive Schau von Juni bis August 2022 in der Japanisch-Deutschen Kulturwerkstatt Tenri in Köln gezeigt wurde.

Publisher: Barton Verlag, Velbrück GmbH Bücher & Medien, 2023, 100 pages

Link: “Barton Verlag: Das Werk – der Weg”

Eva Koethen: “Das Kreisen im Quadrat der Kunst ist keine Quadratur des Kreises”, Material und Figuration – Reflexionen und Ausstellungen
mit Beiträgen von Antje Kapust, Johannes V. Knecht, Reinhard Knodt, Mark Minnes, Bertram Schmitz, Marcella Tarozzi, Yanni Zhao und einem Nachwort von Bernhard Waldenfels

Publisher: der blaue reiter, Verlag für Philosophie, 2018, 144 pages

Link: “der blaue reiter, Verlag für Philosophie”

Eva Koethen: “Fotografische Räume”, Gestaltung neuer Wahrnehmungsräume durch Zeichen kultureller Vielfalt
(‘Photographic Spaces’, Signs of Cultural Plurality and the Creation of New Spaces of Perception)
Exhibition and Lecture 2013 – 2014, New York – Berlin – X’ian
Publisher: der blaue reiter, Verlag für Philosophie, 2016, 96 pages

Link: “der blaue reiter, Verlag für Philosophie”

Eva Koethen: “Tritt-Bilder” – Aktionen und Ausstellungen 1998 – 2005,
(‘Step-on-Pictures’ – Performances and Exhibitions, 1998 – 2005)
Berlin – Tokyo 2005, 49 pages (available)

Download: “Tritt-Bilder” (‘Step-on-Pictures’) (pdf-file, 3.1 MB)

Eva Koethen: “Bild-Räume” mit Text-Stücken 1993 – 96,
(‘Picture-Spaces’ with Short Texts 1993 – 1996)
Berlin 1997, 48 pages (available)

Download: “Bild-Räume” (‘Picture-Spaces’) (pdf-file, 3.5 MB)

Eva Koethen: “Denn nur im Übergang ist es zu finden …” – Bilder und Texte aus den Jahren 1985 – 91,
(‘It can only be found in transition …’ – Paintings and Texts, 1985 – 1991)
Berlin 1992, 51 pages, ISBN 3-89462-014-5 (out of print)

Download: “Denn nur im Übergang ist es zu finden …” (pdf-file, 1.4 MB)


Eva Koethen (Hrsg./Ed.): “Begegnungen zwischen Kunst, Philosophie und Wissenschaft / Encounters Between Art, Philosophy and Science” Schriften zur Kulturwissenschaft, Band 114, Verlag Dr. Kovač, Hamburg 2015, 352 pages, ISBN 978-3-8300-8049-7

Eva Koethen: “Kunst im Bildungsprozess / Art in the Educational Process / 艺术——在教育的过程中” Schriften zur Kulturwissenschaft, Band 95, Verlag Dr. Kovač, Hamburg 2013, 156 pages, ISBN 978-3-8300-6798-6

Eva Koethen / Bertram Schmitz: “Wirklicher als Wirklichkeiten? Zur Konstituierung von Wirklichkeit in Religion und Kunst” in Ursprünge des Philosophierens, Vol. 20, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer-Verlag, (ISBN: 3170217194, EAN: 9783170217195, June 2011)

Eva Koethen: “Annäherungen an Kunst im Bildungsprozess”, Schwerte: edition zebra


Eva Koethen: “Kunstrezeption als problematisierter Bereich der Kunstwissenschaft”,
‘Reception of arts as a problematized domain within the science of arts (aesthetics)’,
PhD dissertation (in German), University of Bochum, 1981


Subject of the relation of art history to the question of aesthetic experience in a wider historical context: Under which circumstances did the reception of art come to be a problem, and which development and expression did the awareness of the problem find?

First of all it is explained how the question of art reception arises through the formation of a public which begins to make claims upon art. In this process the aesthetic of “sentiments” becomes a focal point, entering also into the 18th century’s art history as an indispensable requirement for gaining experience while being confronted with art. However, the integration of the subjective relation to a work of arts is vanishing in the course of scientification of art history: the 19th century treats the reception of art reception – if at all – as an isolated matter of cultural politics. Attaching to the normative art concept of the 18th century, art is propagated as a moralizing instrument while the (national) economic aspect is playing a more and more important part. E.g., one can elucidate through policies in art didactics how the specific of aesthetic experience can be distorted into the message of a pseudo experience of presence which ultimately does nor more then serve to compensate for a materialized version of reality.

This development was interrupted through the stance of the Romantic on the one hand, the cultural critique by J. Burckhardt on the other hand – thinkers of art history who oppose the functionalization of art as no longer emancipating. The question arises from their critique whether the art-educational programs for a broad audience might not have influenced the participation in arts in a negatively stabilizing manner. For, without reflection of the art concept in a historical context, those programs begin to render autonomous: they become aesthetic decrees which do not capture the specific existence of art.

In which way the view of the problem has narrowed becomes apparent through a confrontation with the understanding of reception within the modern arts. By being demonstrated through the example of cubism, that active seeing is, to a certain extent, a part of the picture’s structure itself, the posing of the problem gains a totally new dimension: through the constitution of a (dynamic) reality of interrelation, modern arts make possible a different view of the world. Thereupon the confrontations with the problematic of art reception of the latter modern times become a matter of relativity, while the dealing the pictural work might be brought into that deeper context in which the phenomen of arts has to be seen as a whole.