Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Confrontations: Lecture by Christine Macel on 'The Reception of East European Art in France'

19 May 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Les Promesses du Passe, from the Pompidou Library

The Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) and Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art (CSCA) are delighted to welcome Christine Macel, chief curator at the Centre Pompidou, to give a guest lecture on “The Reception of Art from Former Eastern Europe in France in the 21st Century.” With a response by Briony Fer and a discussion moderated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes.

This event is free.

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IAS Forum
G17, Ground Floor, South Wing

In her guest lecture, Christine Macel will reflect on the changing position and visibility of art from Central and Eastern Europe within French exhibition and collection practices from the perspective of her curatorial experience as head of the Department of Contemporary Creation and Prospective at the Centre Pompidou, the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. To what extent have the gatekeeper institutions of the international artworld opened their doors to artists from Central and Eastern Europe? What has motivated greater inclusivity towards artists from the region in thematic exhibitions and permanent collections? How can we account for the differences in French and British attitudes to art practices from Central and Eastern Europe? 

This event is realised within the framework of Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art, the Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories supported initiative at the Institute of Advanced Studies UCL.

Please register to attend at https://macel.eventbrite.co.uk   

About the Speakers

Christine Macel

Christine Macel is an art historian and exhibition curator, general curator of heritage, and head of the Contemporary Creation and Prospective Department at the Musée national d'Art moderne du Centre Pompidou. Among many exhibitions, she was curator of the 57th Venice Biennale and, most recently, curator of the exhibition "Elles font l'abstraction" at the Centre Pompidou.

Briony Fer

Briony Fer is a professor of the history of art at University College London and a fellow of the British Academy who has written extensively on modern and contemporary art. Her books include On Abstract Art (1997), The Infinite Line (2004), Eva Hesse: Studiowork (2009), and Gabriel Orozco: thinking in circles (2013). She co-curated the Anni Albers retrospective at Tate Modern in 2018.

Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Dr Maja Fowkes and Dr Reuben Fowkes are art historians and curators, directors of the Postsocialist Art Centre at UCL. Their books include Art and Climate Change (2022), Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar (2021) and Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 (2020). Recent curatorial projects include “Potential Agrarianisms” at Kunsthalle Bratislava in 2021 and “Colliding Epistemes” at Bozar Brussels in 2022.