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Confrontations Blog on East European Art History - part 2

11 November 2019

The second instalment of the UCL Blog for Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History is now live with commentaries on group seminars, guest lectures and collection visits in Prague, Brno and Bratislava.


The Confrontations Blog provides a record of the activities of Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History, an international research project based at the Post-socialist Art Centre (PACT) and supported by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative. The blog is made up of reports and commentaries by members of the Confrontations group of post-doctoral researchers and curators specialised in Central and Eastern European art, along with visual documentation of the highlights of the second session of Confrontations that took place in Prague, Brno and Bratislava in September 2019.

Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History investigates the entangled histories of East European art through a series of itinerant symposia held at pertinent locations across and beyond the region. By staging encounters between contrasting aesthetic and critical positions and creating conditions for comparative insights to crystallise, these sessions aim to instigate more rigorous and integrated accounts of East European art history. Acknowledging the singularity of individual practices, the multi-directional flow of artistic exchange and the generative effects of local circumstances, this transnational initiative is a contribution to an emergent global history of art from the Second World War till today.

The Confrontations sessions in Prague and Bratislava followed on from visits to another pair of interconnected Central European cities, Zagreb and Ljubljana, in March 2019. The next points on the Confrontations itinerary are Warsaw and Łódź in February 2020, continuing on to Paris and London in June 2020. For more information, please visit the website of the Post-socialist Art Centre (PACT).