Art and Democracy in Post-communist Europe PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

Art and Democracy in Post-communist Europe free pdf The conclusion of the Cold War in 1989 signalled the beginning of a new era in Eastern Europe, and this widespread change was felt no less strongly in the world of art. In Art and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe, Piotr Piotrowski examines the art made after 1989 in Eastern Europe in light of the profound political, social, economic and cultural transformations in the region. As well as discussing these transformations, Piotrowski describes the changing nature of artworks themselves - from work moulded by the cultural imperatives of the communist state, used as a tool of political propaganda, to autonomous work protesting against and resisting the ruling powers. He describes the rich tradition of anarchistic motifs and themes of protest in Eastern European art, and the emergence of a utopian vision in more recent times. The discussion includes themes of communist memory- the critique of nationalism- issues of gender after 1989- and the representation of historic trauma in contemporary museology, going on to discuss the recent foundation of museums of contemporary art in Bucharest, Tallinn and Warsaw. The function of art in post-communist Europe is assessed, and above all its restrictions and hidden censorship mechanisms. Throughout the book the author provides close readings of many artists, some new to a Western audience, such as Ilya Kabakov and Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Marina Abramovic's work responding to the atrocities of the Balkans. This cogent investigation of the artistic reorientation of the former Eastern Bloc breaks important new ground, and fills a major gap in contemporary artistic and political discourse.

About Piotr Piotrowski

Piotr Piotrowski is Professor of Art History at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Art after Politics (2007) and In the Shadow of Yalta: Art and the Avant-garde in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989 (Reaktion, 2009).

Details Book

Author : Piotr Piotrowski
Publisher : Reaktion Books
Data Published : 21 June 2012
ISBN : 1861898959
EAN : 9781861898951
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews Art and Democracy in Post-communist Europe



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • Postcommunist Film - Russia, Eastern Europe and World Culture free pdfPostcommunist Film - Russia, Eastern Europe and World Culture

    A post-communist condition has arisen from the fall of the Berlin Wall and later the Soviet Empire: this book looks at how this condition has manifested itself globally in the production of post-communist film..


  • European Communism Since 1989 free pdfEuropean Communism Since 1989

    The conventional wisdom after 1989 was that socialism was finished. Communist parties were ejected from power across Eastern Europe. West European social democratic parties embraced neoliberalism..


  • Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Romania free pdfTransitional Justice in Post-Communist Romania

    A close examination of an understudied European Union member state such as Romania reveals that. since 1989. post-Communist state and non-state actors have adopted a wide range of methods. processes and practices of working through the Communist past..


  • Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Romania free pdfTransitional Justice in Post-Communist Romania

    A close examination of an understudied European Union member state such as Romania reveals that. since 1989. post-Communist state and non-state actors have adopted a wide range of methods. processes and practices of working through the Communist past..


  • Expanding European Unity free pdfExpanding European Unity

    Since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 the former Communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe have been pushing for a quick 'return to Europe'. The project of 'expanding European unity' is in full progress..


  • Art and Democracy in Post-communist Europe free pdfArt and Democracy in Post-communist Europe

    . The conclusion of the Cold War in 1989 signalled the beginning of a new era in Eastern Europe, and this widespread change was felt no less strongly in the world of art. In Art and Democracy in Post-