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Years of Disarray. Art of the Avant-garde in Central Europe 1908-1928
International Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland
08. March 2019 - 09. June 2019

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exhibition authors: Lenka Bydžovská, Karel Srp
institutional curators: Monika Rydiger


1918 – end of the Great War, a critical date that stands for a historical watershed, civilisational turnabout and ideological crisis, when Central Europe teetered on the cusp of geopolitical change. This exhibition is a second, revised version of a show premiered at the Olomouc Museum of Art (20 September 2018 – 27 January 2019). Spanning a period of twenty years from 1908 to 1928, it looks at the new, avant‑garde tendencies prominent in the region’s art, initiated by artists who dismissed the achievements of the previous generations and, coaxed by Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism and Constructivism, began their search for new means of artistic expression. The exhibition gives an overview of the art of Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Croatian, Romanian, Austrian and German avant‑garde artists, accentuating the more significant subjects and artistic concepts as well as junction points and differences that came to the fore in the art of the new Central European countries at that point. What gives added value to the show is a selection of unique avant‑garde art magazines as well as publications, posters and brochures that exemplify experiments and efforts towards innovative typography. This exhibition is a capstone of a joint project carried out since 2016 by the Olomouc Museum of Art, the Bratislava City Gallery, Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs and the International Cultural Centre.