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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami


A+RC Public Lecture by Klara Kemp-Welch: Thinking Conceptual Art in Eastern Europe and the USSR

Art + Research
Thu, Oct 12, 2023
Virtual Event
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This lecture assesses what is at stake in different interpretations of Conceptual Art in Eastern Europe and the USSR with a focus on changing approaches to the field in recent decades. Key debates considered will include the politics of: national, international and transnational frameworks; relations between official and unofficial cultural spheres; intersections between alternative art, identity politics and dissent; and decolonial approaches to the study of art from Eastern Europe and the USSR.

About Klara Kemp-Welch

Klara Kemp-Welch is Reader in 20th Century Modernism at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she teaches courses on East European art and Cold War culture. She is the author of Antipolitics in Central European Art. Reticence as Dissidence under Post-Totalitarian Rule 1956-1989 (London: IB Tauris, 2014), Networking the Bloc. Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1965-1989 (Cambridge Massachusetts and London, England: MIT Press, 2019) and co-editor of A Reader in East-Central European Modernism 1918-1956 with Beata Hock and Jonathan Owen (London: Courtauld Books Online, 2019). She is currently writing a monograph on contemporary art, migration and mobility in the European Union.