Isabel Wünsche


Isabel Wünsche is Professor of Art and Art History at Jacobs University Bremen since 2001. She studied Art History and Classical and Christian Archaeology in Berlin, Moscow, Heidelberg, and Los Angeles and received her Ph.D. from Heidelberg University.

Her research and teaching interests are 19th and 20th century art and art theory, in particular European modernism and the avant-garde movements, as well as art and science interrelations, abstract art, forms of visualization, mathematical concepts in the visual arts, and synaesthesia. Her book publications include Galka E. Scheyer & The Blue Four: Correspondence 1924-1945 (German and English editions, Berne: Benteli, 2006), Kursschwankungen: Russische Kunst im Wertesystem der europäischen Moderne (with Ada Raev, Berlin: Lukas, 2007), Harmonie und Synthese. Die russische Moderne zwischen universellem Anspruch und nationaler kultureller Identität (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2008), Biocentrism and Modernism (with Oliver A. I. Botar, Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2011), Kunst & Leben. Michail Matjuschin und die russischen Avantgarde in St. Petersburg (Cologne: Böhlau, 2012), Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory (with Paul Crowther, London: Routledge, 2012), The Organic School of the Russian Avant-Garde: Nature’s Creative Principles (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2015), Marianne Werefkin and the Women Artists in Her Circle (with Tanja Malycheva, Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi, 2016), Practices of Abstract Art: Between Anarchism and Appropriation (with Wiebke Gronemeyer, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016), and The Routledge Companion to Expressionism in a Transnational Context (London: Routledge, 2018).