Conference Programme

Exhibitions as Sites of Artistic Contact during the Cold War

Exhibitions as Sites of Artistic Contact during the Cold War

international conference | November 8 – 9, 2019  |  UNAGE Iasi, RO

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Day 1: FRIDAY, November 8, 2019

9.00-9.15 AM: Registration


David Crowley, National College of Art and Design, Dublin – “The Imagined East”

10.00-12.00 PM: SESSION 1

Zsuzsa László, Artpool Research Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest – “Reciprocal Decipherments – Circulating Works, Words, Ideas, and Agents as Constituents of the Discourse on East European Art”

Katalin Cseh-Varga, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna – “The Art of Contact. Exchange, Immateriality and Ambition”

Ieva Astahovska, Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Riga – “The New Left and Exhibitions as Tool for Cultural Relations”

Daniel Grúň, Institute of Art History, Slovak Academy of Sciences and The Július Koller Society, Bratislava – “Ideology vs. Senzitization. Investigating Spectatorship in the Work of A White Space in a White Space by Stano Filko, Miloš Laky and Ján Zavarský”

12.00-12.20 PM: Coffee break

12.20-2.20 PM: SESSION 2

Caterina Preda, University of Bucharest – “A Look at East-South Cross-Regional Links during the Cold War through Exhibitions”

Juliane Debeusscher, University of Barcelona/Université Grenoble Alpes – “Negotiating the East-South Connection in and from the Encuentros de Pamplona”

Dietmar Unterkofler, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – “Non-Aligned
Internationalism: Awkward Encounters and the New Art Practice in Yugoslavia during the Cold War”

Kädi Talvoja, Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Estonian Academy of Arts – “Triennials of Baltic Art as a Dysfunctional Format of Internationalism?”

2.20-4.00 PM: Lunch break

4.00-6.00 PM: SESSION 3

Pavlina Morganova, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague – “Exhibitions on the Whirl of History”

Claudia Friedrich, University of Cologne – “’Eastern Intermezzi’ at the ART COLOGNE during the Cold War”

Veronika Rollová, Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, Prague – “Fragile Opportunity: International Exhibition of Ceramics in Prague 1962 as a Site of Contact Between East and West”

Dániel Véri, Ferenczi Museum Center, Budapest – “The Great Book Theft. French- Hungarian Exhibitions Across the Iron Curtain”


Klara Kemp Welch, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London – “Experiences of Alienation and De-Alienation in the Experimental Art World of the 1970s“

Day 2: SATURDAY, November 9, 2019


Sven Spieker, University of California at Santa Barbara – “Demonstrative Modes of Exhibition in Eastern Europe during the 1960s and 1970s”

10.00-12.00 PM: SESSION 4

Kirill Chunikhin, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg – “Mediating through Design: Cold War and Materiality at the Exhibition Graphic Art USA: 1963-64”

Alessandra Franetovich, University of Florence – “Tracing the Italian Network of Russian Unofficial Soviet Art in the 1960s and 1970s”

Galina Dekova, National Academy of Arts, Sofia– “Artistic Relations between Socialist Bulgaria and the Western World”

Anna Markowska, University of Wroclaw – ”Two Exhibitions of 1948 as Models of Participation in the Communist Revolution in Poland”

12.00-12.20 PM: Coffee break

12.20-2.20 PM: SESSION 5

Andrea Bátorová, Comenius University, Bratislava – “Alternative Art and Exhibition Practices in the 1960s in Former Czechoslovakia”

Cristian Nae, “George Enescu” National University of Arts, Iasi – ”The Invention of Space. Alternative Exhibition Spaces in Romania during the Cold War”

Magda Radu, “George Enescu” National University of Arts, Iasi and Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest – “Turning the Tables: Émigré Artists and the West during the Cold War”

Zofia Reznik, University of Wroclaw – “Women’s Art in Wrocław in 1978 and the International Feminist Exhibitions of the 1970s”

2.20-4.00 PM: Lunch break


Zanna Gilbert, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles – “Exhibition as Information Flux: Experiments and Internationalism at “Zanini’s MAC“

4.45-5.00 PM: Closing remarks

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