April 4, 2016
On April 6, Dr. Isabel Wünsche, Professor of Art and Art History at Jacobs University, will hold a conference at New College Europe in Bucuresti, Romania, on “Peripheral Expressionisms: Avant-garde Networks and Cultural Exchange between Germany and its Eastern Neighbors, 1910–1939.” She aims to widen the scope of art history and produce a new perspective on the matter of artistic production in the first half of the twentieth century by concentrating on the networks through which avant-garde artists in other parts of Europe were connected to their German colleagues and the art scene in Germany. The conference is organized within the “Europe Next to Europe” Fellowship Program.
“Peripheral Expressionisms” is an interdisciplinary research project that focuses on the transnational formation, dissemination, and reception of German Expressionism in other European regions such as Scandinavia, the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Iberian Peninsula in the first half of the twentieth century. The project brings together scholars in the fields of art history, literary and cultural studies at universities, research institutes, and museums in order to establish a professional network for exploring the artistic relations, cultural encounters, and collaborative networking strategies that have shaped modernist art practices in Europe throughout the first half of the twentieth century and been fundamental in creating a European cultural identity.