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Art beyond Borders

Artistic Exchange in Communist Europe (1945–1989)

Edited by Jérôme Bazin, Pascal Dubourg Glatigny and Piotr Piotrowski

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

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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.

530 pages incl. 27 black and white illustrations and 24 pages color gallery
978-963-386-083-0 cloth $95.00 / €83.00 / £64.00

ISSN 2416-1160 Leipzig studies on the history and culture of East-Central Europe, vol. 3.

"Cherchant à dépasser l’idée selon laquelle le monde de l’art aurait été hermétiquement clivé en deux au sortir de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, l’ouvrage Art beyond Borders analyse trente cinq situations d’échanges artistiques des pays du bloc soviétique entre eux d’une part, et entre ces pays et le bloc de l’Ouest d’autre part. Rédigées en anglais, ces contributions ouvrent des perspectives originales pour l’écriture d’une histoire transnationale de l’art, en dépassant l’angle monographique sous lequel l’art produit dans l’Europe communiste est souvent traité. À l’origine de cet ouvrage collectif, il y a donc la volonté des éditeurs 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." - Cahiers d'Études africaines