Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950

Maja Fowkes, Reuben Fowkes

A groundbreaking introduction to the contemporary art of central and Eastern Europe, this wide-ranging study explores painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and conceptual work.

In this pathbreaking new history, Maja and Reuben Fowkes introduce outstanding artworks and major figures from across central and Eastern Europe to reveal the movements, theories, and styles that have shaped artistic practice since 1950. They emphasize the particularly rich and varied art scenes of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Yugoslavia, extending their gaze at intervals to East Germany, Romania, the Baltic states, and the rest of the Balkans.

This generously illustrated overview explores the richness of this region’s artists’ singular contribution to recent art history. Tracing art-historical changes from 1950 to now, the authors examine the repercussions of political events on artistic life—notably the uprisings in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the Solidarity movement in Poland, and the collapse of the communist bloc. But their primary interest is in the experimental art of the neo-avant-garde that resisted official agendas and engaged with global currents such as performance art, video, multimedia, and net art. Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 is a comprehensive, transnational survey of the major movements of art from this region.

Contributors

Maja Fowkes

Author

Curator and art historian Maja Fowkes is codirector of Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and cofounder of the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art, a research center founded in Budapest in 2013 but now operating from London. She is the coauthor of Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950.

Reuben Fowkes

Author

Curator and art historian Reuben Fowkes is codirector of Postsocialist Art Centre (PACT) at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and cofounder of the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art, a research center founded in Budapest in 2013 but now operating from London. He is the coauthor of Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950.