SocialEast Seminar on Art and Empire

Manchester Art Gallery
17 November 2007

This seminar considers the issue of colonisation as a historical problem in the relationship between the Soviet Union and the countries of the Eastern Bloc, examining whether cultural exchange during the Cold War should be understood as a complex two-way process. It will also include discussion of the issue of the relationship of Eastern European contemporary art with the West, in terms of the activities and interests of art institutions, curators and collectors in a post-socialist global art economy.

Speakers include:

Miško Suvaković (Belgrade University)
Politics and Art after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Tomáš Pospiszyl (Academy of Performing Arts, Prague)
The Reception of Czech Body Art from 1960 to the Present

Suzanne Cotter (Modern Art Oxford)
YOU LOOKING AT ME: On cultural mobility and Arrivals: New Art
from Europe

Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius (London University)
Cartography and empire: mapping Eastern Europe

Erwin Kessler (Institute of Philosophy, Bucharest)
Avant-garde and neo-traditionalism: competition, cohabitation and compromise in Romanian art in the 1940s and the 1950s

Ben Cope (Zacheta National Gallery Warsaw)
Art in the Age of Immaterial Production

Magdalena Radomska ( Adam Mickiewicz University)
Art and Empire: Doubly mined semantic minefield

Szacsva y Pal (Hungary)
Empire in Different Colours

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