Primary Documents: A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s

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Although a number of books have told the story of modern and contemporary art inEastern and Central Europe, missing from these accounts have been the sources themselves. This book,the result of years of research by an international team of artists, curators, editors, translators,and scholars working with the Museum of Modern Art, presents primary documents drawn from the artistic archives of Eastern and Central Europe during the second half of the twentieth century.

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Overview

Although a number of books have told the story of modern and contemporary art inEastern and Central Europe, missing from these accounts have been the sources themselves. This book,the result of years of research by an international team of artists, curators, editors, translators,and scholars working with the Museum of Modern Art, presents primary documents drawn from the artistic archives of Eastern and Central Europe during the second half of the twentieth century.

Because the practice of criticism in this region was for many years almost completely suppressed,the writings of the artists themselves often fulfill a critical as well as an aesthetic and ideological function. The manifestoes, photo essays, proposals, scripts, and other writings assembled here comprise the first anthology of this material in any language.The source materials presented—almost all of them previously untranslated into English—are from Bulgaria, Croatia,Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, andSlovenia. The book is introduced by Ilya Kabakov. Each chapter is preceded by a brief introduction and is followed by a case study that chronicles an event or the creation or reception of an artwork,illustrating the issues raised in that chapter.

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"This major anthology...will inevitably overshadow the efforts that came before."Alexei Monroe Central Europe Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262083133
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Hoptman is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Tomas Pospiszyl is Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Prague.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 9
1 The Secret Life of People's Culture 13
Virtual Estonia and No Less Virtual Moscow: An Essay on Island Mythology 15
The Intellectual under Socialism 29
Nonofficial Art: Soviet Artists of the 1960s 37
The Bertalan Case: The Artistic Experiment as an Exercise and Neurotic Sublimation 53
A Report on the Third Czech Musical Revival 56
The Bulldozer and Izmailovsky Park Exhibitions, Moscow, 1974: Chronology of Events, Letters, and Interviews 65
2 Pioneers and Their Manifestos 79
Manifestos 80
Manifest "HAPPSOC" 85
An Introduction to a General Theory of Place 88
OHO Manifesto 92
A History of Chance: Art as an Empty Sign; Theses for the Marly Conference of 1980 95
The Milano Lessons: 12 - Before the End of the Twentieth Century 102
An Event for the Post Office, the Police, and the Occupants of No. 26 Vaclavkova Street, Prague 6, and for all Their Neighbors, Relatives, and Friends 120
3 Conceptual Art and Times of Transition 123
Gorgona: Art as a Way of Existence 124
The Ethics of Form or Aesthetics of Logic 140
Krzysztof Wodiczko and Polish Art of the 1970s 154
Moscow Romantic Conceptualism 162
Seven Photographs 174
The Readymade and the Question of the Fabrication of Objects and Subjects 182
"Weekend Art: Hallelujah the Hill" 192
4 Body Unbound 197
One Sunday ... 198
Sleep - Awakening - The Game 199
Double Life: Documents for Autobiography 1959-75 203
Encounters with Action Artists 220
Male Artist's Body: National Identity vs. Identity Politics 225
Where the Heck Am I? Where Are My Things? 234
Carrying Buckets, Trotting Like Pigs 242
Pyramid of Animals by Katarzyna Kozyra: Letters and Articles 250
5 Onward Toward the Retro-Avant-garde! 257
The Barren Flowers of Evil 258
Chronicle of the Events 271
The Action is on (for the time being) ... 277
Untitled Celebration 281
Why are Laibach and NSK not Fascists? 285
The IRWIN Group: More Total than Totalitarianism 288
Laibach 294
Scipion Nasice Sisters Theater 297
IRWIN 299
NSK State in Time 301
6 An Empty Pedestal: Between Freedom and Nationalism 303
The Balkanization of Alpa Europaea 304
A 1992 Guide for the Creation of Works of Art with Nature Themes 311
Monument Revisited 312
Selections from "Mail Radek" 318
Balkan for Beginners 325
The Revenge of the Background 340
An Open Letter to the Art World 345
Response to an Open Letter to the Art World 347
Why Have I Bitten a Man? 349
The Cultural War 351
Dialogue 354
Acknowledgments 362
Editors and Consultants 364
Selected Bibliography 366
Credits 371
Index 372
Trustees of The Museum of Modern Art 375
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