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Isabel Wünsche is Professor of Art and Art History at Jacobs University Bremen. Previously, she taught modern art at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena; Scripps College, Claremont; and the University of California, Los Angeles. She also worked on museum projects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino.

Dr. Wünsche studied Art History and Classical and Christian Archaeology in Berlin, Moscow, Heidelberg, and Los Angeles and received her Ph.D. from Heidelberg University. She held research fellowships at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino (2003-2004), the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum of Art at Rutgers University (2003-2004 and 2007), the National Humanities Center, North Carolina (2007-2008), the Collegium Budapest (2008-2009), and from the German Science Foundation (DFG, 2011-2012) and the German Academic Exchange Board (DAAD, 2012-2013, 2014-2015).

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 (together 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 (together 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 (together with Paul Crowther, London: Routledge, 2012), and The Organic School of the Russian Avant-Garde: Nature’s Creative Principles (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2015).