Beyond the cosmopolis
modernism and belonging in central European interwar art

  • Beyond the cosmopolis

    Marek Włodarski, Two Workers, 1948. Courtesy of the Piekary Gallery and the 9/11 Art Space Foundation, Poznań

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites you to attend the research workshop dedicated to BA, MA, and PhD students of art history and related disciplines.

The development of modernist art has dominantly been tied to metropolitan centres such as Paris or Berlin, where avant-garde groups rooted artistic change within the fast-paced and cosmopolitan city. Yet especially in central Europe, this presentation shows only half the face of modernism.

Taking the exhibition Henryk Streng/Marek Włodarski And Jewish-Polish Modernism as a starting point, this workshop considers alternative forms of modernism in central Europe, paying particular attention to its relationship with social engagement, ruralism, as well as craftwork. With Streng/Włodarski and the Hungarian-Jewish artist Anna Lesznai as main examples we explore different formats of modernism, which focus on the human figure in the multi-ethnic spaces of interwar central Europe

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Julia Secklehner

is Research Fellow at the Department of Art History, Masaryk University, Brno. She holds a PhD in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and specializes in the history of art and visual culture in Central Europe. Her current research focuses on vernacular and regional modernisms and is part of the collaborative project Continuity/Rupture: Art and Architecture in Central Europe, 1918–1939 (CRAACE), funded by the European Research Council.