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Contested Spheres: Actually Existing Artworlds under Socialism

Kassák Museum Budapest
27-28 May 2016


9.00 Registration

9.30 Introduction to Contested Spheres
Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Translocal Institute, Budapest

9.45 Edit Sasvári, Director Kassák Museum Budapest
The Goals of the Kassák Museum Research Project

10.00 Panel 1

Tomáš Pospiszyl, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague
Olbram Zoubek, Sculptor in Public Service: A Case Study in Art Making during Socialism

Raino Isto, University of Maryland
The Dictator Visits the Studio: Enver Hoxha’s Letter to the ‘Monumental Trio’ and the Politics of Socialist Albanian Sculpture in the 1960s and 70s

Kassák Museum 1960s-70s Research Group: 5' Position Papers

Lóránt Bódi, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Deals and Positions: The Role of Western Emigré Artists in the Cultural Politics of the Kádár Era

Júlia Perczel, Kassák Museum Research Group
Working and Living in Connectivity: Intentions, Strategies and Patterns of Networking within the Cultural Field of Hungary in the 1960s-70s

Gábor Dobó and Merse Pál Szeredi, Kassák Museum
Hungarian Culture ± Europe: Positions between East and West in the Self-Image of Hungarian Art (1918–1979)

Sándor Hornyik, Institute for Art History,Budapest
Reforming Socialist Realism: Different Encounters of Eastern Modernization and Western Modernism

11.30 Coffee Break

12.00 Panel 2

Mikolaj Czerwinski, University of Illinois, Chicago
“An Intelligent, Complex, and Human Design Project”: Social Engagement in State Socialism during the 1960s

Armin Medosch, Artist, curator and scholar, Vienna
Cutting the Networks – the final years of New Tendencies (1973-78)

13.00 lunch break

14.00 Panel 3

Tomasz Załuski, University of Łódz
KwieKulik and the Political Economy of the Potboiler

Daniel Grúň
, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava
Amateurism under Socialism

Helena Musilová
, National Gallery of Art, Prague
Jiří Valoch and the “Position” of Curator in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1970s: The Official Curator and Unofficial
Artistic Scene

15.30 Coffee

16.00 Panel 4

Susanne Altmann, Art historian and Curator, Dresden
Geometry as Crime: Concrete Art, Geometrical Abstraction, Minimalism and their strategies of surviving in Eastern Germany

Yulia Karpova, Central European University, Budapest
Decorative Art as a Space of Personal Freedom: Creative Strategies within official Soviet institutions, 1960s – 1970s

Sonja Simonyi, New York University
Dark Angel, Secret Agent: Avant-garde Film Cultures, Artist Communities, and Networks of State Control in 1970s Socialist Hungary

17.30 End


9.30 Registration

10.00  Panel 5

Candice M. Hamelin, University of Michigan
Alternative Sites: East Germany’s Illustrated Magazines

Hana Buddeus, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
From an Open Hand to a Closed Fist: Petr Štembera’s Artist Networks

Marko Ilić, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
"A Taster of Political Insult": The Case of Novi Sad’s Youth Tribune (1968­71)

Kassák Museum 1960s-70s Research Group: 5' Position Papers

Emese Kürti, ACB Research Lab, Budapest
Poetry in Action. Language as a Medium in the Hungarian Neo-Avantgarde

Katalin Székely
, PhD candidate, Eötvös Loránd UniversitY
The Influx of Images. Photo, Experimental Film and Video Art in the Hungarian Neo-Avantgarde

Dávid Fehér, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
(Dis)figuring Reality. New Forms of Figuration in Hungarian Painting

Daniel Véri, PhD candidate, Eötvös Loránd University
Conflicting Narratives. Jewish Identity and the Holocaust

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Panel 6

Beata Jablonska, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava
Between the Universe and Zen The Importance of Literature in the Context of Early Slovak Conceptual Art

Zsuzsa László
,, Budapest
Exhibition as a Diplomatic Tool

Alina Șerban
, National University of Arts, Bucharest
Negotiating Spaces: From Art to Pedagogy and Back to Nature

14.30 Coffee

15.00 Roundtable discussion

Moderator: Reuben Fowkes

Participants: Maja Fowkes (Translocal Institute), Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Zsolt Pétranyi (Hungarian National Gallery), Tomáš Pospiszyl, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague and Edit Sasvári (Kassák Museum Budapest)




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