[artinfo] CONF: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism

Andreas Broeckmann broeckmann at leuphana.de
Sat Nov 22 17:55:48 CET 2014

From: Blanka ·védová <svedova at udu.cas.cz>

Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the 
Avant-Garde and Modernism:  The Impact of WWI

Prague, Institute of Art History of the Academy 
of Sciences of the Czech Republic,
Husova 4, 110 00 Praha 1,

November 27 - 28, 2014

This workshop follows up on discussions that were initiated at an
international symposium in Stockholm: The European Artistic Avant-Garde
c. 1910-1930: Formations, Networks and Transnational Strategies (11-13
September 2013). It focuses on one particular aspect of the avant-garde
and modernism, namely, the clash therein of the national, the
transnational and the cosmopolitan. In the countries of Central and
Eastern Europe, but to some extent in Scandinavia too, the struggle for
national independence, which in most cases began in the 19th century and
culminated during and after World War I, had important cultural and
artistic consequences. The symposium will track the changes in and
compare the nationalist rhetorics in modern and avant-garde art just
before the outbreak of WWI, as well as during and after the war. After
1917 the map of Europe changed dramatically. A number of new,
independent states were established, and these developments found
expression in every genre of the visual arts and transformed the image
of the continent. The papers presented in this workshop focus primarily,
but not exclusively, on modernism and the avant-garde in Central and
Eastern Europe, the Baltics and Scandinavia. There are also papers that
describe the dissemination and translation of avant-garde language in
regions and countries at the fringes of Europe. Some questions we would
like to discuss are: How was the understanding of nationalism and the
post-WWI avant-garde affected by historiography, especially that of the
1950s and later? To what extent were nationalism and cosmopolitanism
part of avant-garde and modern-art discourse before WWI and how did the
understanding of them change during the war? What relationship did the
avant-garde have to traditional and to official art in terms of their
views on nationalism? What different kinds of nationalisms resulted from
the national revival movements of Czechs, Croats, Slovenes and Poles in
the late 19th century within the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or of Poles
and Lithuanians in Czarist Russia? And, on the other side, in what sense
was the postwar avant-garde in the newly founded countries
(Czechoslovakia, Poland, the Baltic States etc.) an expression of
cosmopolitanism? The workshop will serve as a platform for rethinking
the methodological tools we use to understand and explain the complexity
and the multiplicity of avant-garde forms in these regions of Europe, a
subject that is still under-researched.


Thursday 27 November 2014

9.00-9.30 Reception, coffee

9.30-9.45 Introduction: Lidia G½uchowska / Vojtûch Lahoda
        Section 1 Moderator: Steven Mansbach

9.45-10.15 Nina Gourianova, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
War as Medium: The Great War in the Russian Avant-Garde

10.15-10.45 Benedikt Hjartarson, University of Iceland, Rijekjavík, Iceland
Abstract Constructivism: Universal Language - National Idioms

10.45-11.00 Coffee break
       Section 2 Moderator: Steven Mansbach

11.00-11.30 Erwin Kessler, Institute of 
Philosophy, Romanian Academy, Bucharest,
The Use, Abuse and Misuse of Cubism in the Romanian Avant-Garde

11.30-12.00 Bela Tsipuria, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgian Modernists Rethinking Nationalism: The 
Impact of WWI and the Russian Revolutions

12.00-12.30 Irina Genova, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
Modernism and the National Idea - Reflections of 
WWI: The Case of Bulgaria in the Context of 
South-Eastern Europe

12.30-14.00 Lunch break
       Section 3 Moderator: Lidia G½uchowska

14.00-14.30 Harri Veivo, University of New 
Sorbonne, Paris, France / University of
Helsinki, Finland
Centred and Decentred Cosmopolitanisms in Finland in the 1920s and Early 1930s

14.30-15.00 Heie Treier, Tallinn University, Estonia
Cubism and the Start of Avant-Garde in Estonia

15.00-15.30 Ginta Gerharde-Upeniece, Latvian 
National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
Art and the New Latvian State (1918-1920): 
Modernism as a Cosmopolitan Idea and a 
Substantive National Factor

15.30-15.45 Coffee break
        Section 4 Moderator: Charlotte Bydler

15.45-16.15 Annika Gunnarsson, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
'Cosmonational' - Neither National Nor 
Cosmopolitan - But a Tinge of Avant-Garde 

16.15-16.45 Torben Jelsbak, Roskilde University, Denmark
Nationalist and Internationalist Discourses 
Surrounding the Modernist Breakthrough in Danish 
Art and Culture during WWI

Friday 28 November 2014

9.00-9.15 Coffee

Section 5 Moderator: Benedikt Hjartarson

9.15-9.45 Éva Forgács, Art Center College of 
Design, Pasadena, USA / IWM, Vienna
The Concept of 'National Art' and World War I in 
Hungary: Lajos Fülep and the Dynamics of 
'National' and 'International'

9.45-10.15 Lidia G½uchowska, Poland
The Great World and the 'New Art' in Poland: 
Between the Patriotic Ethos, the Nationalisation 
of Modernism and International Attempts in 

10.15-10.45 Michal Wenderski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
'Uncanonical' Impulses to the 'Canon': Polish and 
Belgian Contribution to International 

10.45-11.00 Coffee break
         Section 6 Moderator: Vojtûch Lahoda

11.00-11.30 Joana Cunha Leal, Art History 
Institute, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
'A bridge too far?': The War Effect in the Portuguese and Spanish Avant-Gardes

11.30-12.00 Emilio Quintana, Instituto Cervantes, 
Stockholm, Sweden Languages of the Avant-Garde 
between Poland and Spain: Tadeusz Peiper and 
Spanish Modernism after WWI

12.00-14.00 Lunch break
       Section 7 Moderator: Éva Forgács

14.00-14.30 Ljiljana Kole”nik, Institute of Art History, Zagreb, Croatia
Migrating Signifiers - Socialist Croatian 
Post-WWII Art History and Its Relation to the 
Inter-War Avant-Garde

14.30-15.00 Lenka BydÏovská, Institute of Art 
History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech 
Republic, Prague
The Trojan Horse in the Trade Fair Palace: The 
Slav Epic versus the Czech Avant-Garde

15.00-15.30 Vendula Hnídková, Institute of Art 
History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech 
Republic, Prague
Respect and Triumph: The Intentions and Meanings 
of Czech Architecture before and after WWI

15.30-15.45 Coffee break
       Section 8 Moderator: Tomá” Winter

15.45-16.15 Naomi Hume, Seattle University, USA
Cut-and-Paste in Exile and War: Otto Gutfreund's Parisian Collages

16.15-16.45 Vojtûch Lahoda, Czech Republic
Transnational or National Cubism? Vincenc KramáÞ on Cubism

16.45-17.15 Closing Remarks: Steven Mansbach

Professor Vojtûch Lahoda, Institute of Art 
History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech 
Republic, Prague
Dr. Lidia G½uchowska, Institute of Visual Arts, 
University of Zielona Góra, Poland / Humanities 
Faculty, University of Bamberg, Germany

Scientific Committee:
Charlotte Bydler, PhD., School of Culture and 
Education and the Centre for Baltic and East 
European Studies, Södertörn University, 
Stockholm, Sweden
PhDr. Lenka BydÏovská, CSc., Institute of Art 
History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech 
Republic, Prague
Dr. Lidia G½uchowska, Institute of Visual Art, 
University of Zielona Góra, Poland / Humanities 
Faculty, University of Bamberg, Germany
Professor Vojtûch Lahoda, Institute of Art 
History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech 
Republic, Prague
Professor Steven Mansbach, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
PhDr. Tomá” Winter, PhD., Institute of Art 
History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech 
Republic, Prague

Vojtûch Lahoda: lahoda at udu.cas.cz
Lidia G½uchowska: ligl at wp.pl

Address: Institute of Art History, Academy of 
Sciences of the Czech Republic Husova 4, 110 00 
Prague 1
Contact: Blanka ·védová: svedova at udu.cas.cz, +420 221 183 501

There is no conference registration fee.

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism (Prague, 
27-28 Nov 14). In: H-ArtHist, Nov 21, 2014. 


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