V Światowy Festiwal Młodzieży i Studentów, Warszawa 1955, The anti-war propaganda decoration with Pablo Picasso’s painting: Massacre in Korea during the Fifth World Festival of Youth and Students, 1955. Photo by Władysław Sławny / FORUM.
The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites to the 'Never Again' conference, which is part of the public program, to the exhibition of the same title presented at the Museum on the Vistula.
The exhibition “Never Again. Art Against War and Fascism in the 20th and 21st Centuries”, organised on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II relies on three precisely determined focal points – Guernica and the 1930s, the “Arsenal” exhibition and the 1950s, contemporary art and (post-)fascism – to present the singular and distinctive tradition of anti-fascist art.
The conference, scheduled for October 24–26, 2019, will take place at the Museum on Pańska and will consist of two parts:
"Art Against War and Fascism in the 20th and 21st Centuries" – Thursday, October 24.
"Internationalism After the End of Globalization" – Friday and Saturday, October 25–26.
We will search the rich anti-fascist history for answers to the question about the significance and force of this tradition today. We ask why anti-fascism – as a universalised experience and a peaceful foundation of social life – has lost its consolidating power? Do we no longer fear wars and violence as a fundamental threat to our existence? Did anti-fascism come to an end with communism, with which it was closely linked both in the 1930s and in the 1950s? And can it therefore be successfully pursued further within democratic traditions: liberalism, social democracy? Or is the struggle with fascism (neo-fascism, post-fascism) identical to the struggle with capitalism, which is the essence of the leftist anti-fascist tradition? Finally, how to recount the history of anti-fascism so that it inspires today’s social movements that aim to counter violence?