Book launch “Extending the Dialogue”

A Compendium of Eastern European art history with Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Jelena Petrović, and Urška Jurman.

Trees are sprouting, flowers are blossoming, and bees are buzzing. It is Spring, again! We use the start of the outdoor and gardening season to present the research on art and ecology in socialist Eastern Europe by Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes from Budapest.

Followed by the presentation of the reader “Extending the Dialogue” with a comment by Jelena Petrović, Endowed Professor for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and an introduction by the book’s editor Urška Jurman, Ljubljana.

Lecture and Book Launch mark the kick-off of our public programme at our new premises at Erste Campus.

30 March 2017, 6-8 pm
Am Belvedere 1
We are located at Erste Campus on the ground floor of section F. The entrance (orange porch, Arsenalstraße) is opposite the D tram stop.

Budapest-based art historians and curators Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes will present their research exploring the history of Eastern European art, environmental art history, and the relationship between contemporary art and ecological thought. They contributed to “Extending the Dialogue” with the text “Crack in the Planet – Geo-ecological Matter in Eastern European Art”.

Art historian and curator Jelena Petrović was not involved in the book but as an expert for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories knows the topics and the region and will thus as an ‘outside insider’ comment on the whole book. 18 essays cover a thematic scope reaching from the present meaning of Partisan Art (Miklavž Komelj) and the NonAligned Movement (Jelena Vesić) to the evolvement of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale after the collapse of the Soviet Union (Ekaterina Degot).

Introduction by the editor of the book Urška Jurman, editor, curator, programme manager of the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, Ljubljana.

Preview Public Events in Spring:

Thursday, 27 April, 6 pm
Presentation of the research project and publication series “Non-Aligned Modernisms” with Zoran Eric, Belgrade.

Thursday, 4 May, 6 pm
Presentation of the project “Inside Out – Not so White Cube” about institutional critique in Eastern Europe with Alenka Gregorič, Ljubljana, and Vít Havránek, Prague