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Art beyond Borders

Artistic Exchange in Communist Europe (1945-1989)

This book presents and analyzes artistic interactions both within the Soviet bloc and with the West between 1945 and 1989. During the Cold War the exchange of artistic ideas and products united Europe's avant-garde in a most remarkable way. Despite the Iron Curtain and national and political borders there existed a constant flow of artists, artworks, artistic ideas and practices. The geographic borders of these exchanges have yet to be clearly defined. How were networks, centers, peripheries (local, national and international), scales, and distances constructed? How did (neo)avant-garde tendencies relate with officially sanctioned socialist realism?The literature on the art of Eastern Europe provides a great deal of factual knowledge about a vast cultural space, but mostly through the prism of stereotypes and national preoccupations. By discussing artworks, studying the writings on art, observing artistic evolution and artists' strategies, as well as the influence of political authorities, art dealers and art critics, the essays in Art beyond Borders compose a transnational history of arts in the Soviet satellite countries in the post war period.

About the Authors

Jérôme Bazin is associate professor in history of art and history at the University of Paris-Est. Pascal Dubourg Glatigny is senior researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris Piotr Piotrowski (1952-2015) was professor of art history at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań.

Reviews

"À l'origine de cet ouvrage collectif, il y a la volonté des éditeurs Jérôme Bazin, Pascal Dubourg Glatigny et Piotr Piotrowski (1952-2015), de contribuer à un mouvement de décloisonnement en favorisant les croisements des outils, des méthodes, des angles d'analyse et des objets d'étude de chercheurs(-ses) éloignés en termes géographiques et disciplinaires. En encourageant une appréhension transnationale et circulatoire de l'art dans l'Europe communiste et au-delà, Art beyond Borders s'inscrit dans une démarche scientifique proche de celle du programme de recherche Art@s dirigé par Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel et Catherine Dossin, qui contribue actuellement à un renouvellement de l'écriture de l'Histoire de l'art, envisagée dans une perspective globale et interconnectée. Les éditeurs signalent « le déplacement de la guerre idéologique de l'Europe vers le Tiers monde, vers des contextes où les "États modernes" étaient encore à créer, particulièrement en Asie et en Afrique ». L'exemple de Algérie est abordé (à travers l'exposition Algérie 1952 organisée en 1953 à Paris) pour ce qui concerne le continent africain."—Cahiers d'études africaines

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