General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Post-Communist Art In Post-Communist Europe
Language English
Module lecturer dr Magdalena Radomska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunktka
Faculty Faculty of Arts Studies
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 60


 Thursday 18:30, Col.Novum, Wing A 4th floor, 403

Module aim (aims)

Knowledge of art of Central-Eastern Europe from 1989 until now
· Knowledge of history of the region
· knowledge of the dynamics of the changes of art in particular countries of the region
· familiarity with key texts on art in Post-Communist Europe, Transformation and Central-Eastern Europe
· familiarity with key institutions - Galleries, Museums in Central-Eastern Europe as well as with constitutive exhibition for the identity of contemporary art in the region
· detailed knowledge on the oeuvre of most important artists and artistic groups of the region

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Students with various geographical and discipline backgrounds are welcome.


Week 1: Post-communist art or art in Central-Eastern Europe after 1989 ? - key concepts and theories
Week 2: Art and Transition
Week 3: 1990s and its narratives (Russia and former republics)
Week 4: 1990s and its narratives (Balkans)
Week 5: 1990s and its narratives (Poland, Czech and Slovakia)
Week 6: 1990s and its narratives (Hungary and Romania)
Week 7: Artistic responses to nationalism(s)

Week 8: Post-communist art and art with marxist background
Week 9: Art and criticism of capitalism
Week 10: Art workers and labour
Week 11: New borders and new maps
Week 12: Main institutions of contemporary art in C-E Europe
Week 13: The most important curatorial gestures and exhibitions in C-E Eu-rope
Week 14: Key art historians and thinkers on art after 1989
Week 15: Students’ presentations

Reading list

András, E. (ed.), Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2008, Budapest 2009.
Astahovska, I. (ed.), Nineties. Contemporary Art in Latvia, Riga 2010.
Bartošová, Z. (ed.), Contemporary Slovak Fine Art. 1960-2000. From the First Slovak Investnemt Group’s Collection, Bratislava 2000.
Bosteels, B. The Actuality of Communism, London-New York 2011.
Eliot, D., Pejić, B., After the Wall: Art and culture in post-communist Europe, Stokholm 1999.
Groys, B., Art Power, Cambridge, MA 2008.
Groys,B., Communist Postcript, London 2010.
Gržinić, M., Retroavangarde, Wien, 1997.
Milovac, T. The Misfits. Conceptualist Strategies in Croatian Contemporary Art, Zagreb 2002.
Milovac, T., Stipančić, B. (ed.), The Baltic Times. Contemporary Art from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Zagreb 2001.
Pejić, B. (ed.), Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, Wien/Cologne 2011.
Piotrowski, P., Art and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe, London 2012.
Piotrowski Piotr, In the Shadow of Yalta Art and the Avant-garde in Eastern Europe 1945-1989, London 2009.
Sturcz, J., The Deconstruction of the Heroic Ego: The Artist's Body as Metaphor in Hungarian Art from the Mid-80's to the Present, Budapest 1999
Šuvaković, M., Impossible Histories: Historic Avant-Gardes, Neo-Avant-Gardes and Post-Avant Gardes in Yugoslavia, 1918-1991, Cambridge 2003.
Trossek, A. (ed.), Liina Siib. A Woman Takes a Little Space, 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Tallin 2011.
Vild B. (et al.), On Normality. Art in Serbia 1989-2001, Belgrade 2001.