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Art Historiographies in Central and Eastern Europe An Inquiry from the Perspective of Entangled Histories

Description du projet

Périodisation, style et influence: nouveaux aperçus des historiographies de l’art

L’histoire de l’art est une fenêtre visuelle sur le passé qui nous permet de comprendre comment la société a évolué. En ciblant l’Europe centrale et orientale, le projet ArtHistCEE, financé par l’UE, proposera un compte-rendu fragmentaire des histoires de l’art produites entre 1850 et 1950 en adoptant une perspective d’ensemble. Ce faisant, il offrira de nouvelles perspectives sur l’histoire de la région et remettra en question la disposition parfois nationaliste, descriptive et sans critiques des historiographies de l’art de la région.


Our project proposes a fragmentary account of the art histories produced in present-day Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia between 1850 and 1950, from an entangled histories perspective. We will look at the relationships between the art histories produced in these countries and the art histories produced in Western Europe. But, more importantly, we will investigate how the art histories written in the countries mentioned above resonate with each other, either proposing conflicting interpretations of the past, or ignoring uncomfortable competing discourses. We will investigate the art histories written between 1850 and 1950 because we are interested in how art history contributed to nation building discourses. Therefore, we will focus on those art histories that concur to nationalising the past. Our project is articulated around three crucial concepts – periodisation, style and influence – set in the context of relevant contemporary historiographies produced in Western Europe, and analysing the entanglements with competing historiographies in each of the countries considered. We will focus on two main issues: 1. How did Central and Eastern European art historians adopt, adapt and respond to theoretical and methodological issues developed elsewhere, and 2. What are the periodisations of art produced on the territory of Central and Eastern European countries; what are the theoretical and methodological strategies for conceptualising local styles; and how was the concept of influence used in establishing hierarchical relationships. Researching the conceptualisation of a theoretical framework that would accommodate the artistic production of the past will show the difficulties in dealing with a complex reality without simplifying and essentializing it along ideological lines. The research will also show that the three concepts that we focus on are not neutral or strictly descriptive, and that their use in art history needs to be reconsidered.

Régime de financement

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Institution d’accueil

Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 638 618,70
023971 Bucuresti

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Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Bucureşti
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Coût total
€ 638 618,70

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