“Modernity and the New Poland: the cases of Gdynia and Lviv” Lecture by Andrzej SZCZERSKI in the framework of the “Building New States and Cities” conference (BOZAR, Brussels)
The two-day international conference aims to revisit the recent scholarship and question how the history of several post-WWI cities, whose construction was a way to cope with the destruction of war and was driven by the desire to modernize cities and embody new national imageries, could be written today beyond the nation-state narratives or beyond the celebration of avant-garde experimentation. Neither nationalisms, nor modernisms were unique driving forces of development of these diverse yet interconnected places. What are other less known forces that reshaped the interwar cities across Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe? What is the role of the imperial legacies in different cases? What is the role of new technologies, materials and infrastructures? How the immaterial practices inherited from the past and the intervention of new objects in the everyday life helped to forge new national versions of modernity?
Professor Andrzej SZCZERSKI, a Polish art historian, is one of the participants of the conference. On Saturday 17 November at 14h he will give a lecture on “Modernity and the New Poland: the cases of Gdynia and Lviv”.
>>> Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR (Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels), Rotonde Bertouille – see map
>>> Friday 16 November 2018 – 11h > 20h
>>> Saturday 17 November 2018 – 11h > 18h30
>>> 12€ (two days) | 8€ (one day) (by your tickets online)
+++ You can find the complete programme of the conference on the site of the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.
Andrzej SZCZERSKI is a lecturer at the Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He was visiting lecturer at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and the St Andrews University in Scotland. He publishes widely on modern and contemporary art in Poland and Central Europe and his books include Modernizations. The Art and Architecture in the New States of Central-Eastern Europe 1918-1939 (2010) and Four modernities. Texts about Polish art and architecture in the 20th century (2015). He curated exhibitions Modernizations 1918-1939. The Future Perfect (2010) in Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Symbolism in Poland and Britain in Tate Britain in London (2009), The Power of Fantasy. Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland in BOZAR Brussels (2011), #heritage in the National Museum in Kraków (2017-18).