The Promises of the Past

A Discontinuous History of Art in Former Eastern Europe
14 April – 19 July 2010
Exhibition Opening: 13 April 2010, 6 pm
Centre Pompidou, Paris

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the exhibition looks at Europe’s former East/West divide, and challenges the idea of art history as something linear and continuous.

The Centre Pompidou thus aims to introduce the public to artists whose creations and subject matters have marked their countries of origin, and to explain the salient influence of certain tutelary figures of Central and Eastern Europe on the younger generation of international artists.

The exhibition highlights the works of some of the most emblematic artists of the former Eastern Europe countries and underlines their influence on the international art scene today. Some of these are already well-known artists such as Sanja Iveković, Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos, Július Koller, Alina Szapocznikow and Edward Krasiński.

The exhibition comprises 160 works of art, across all disciplines, on show in the Galerie Sud of the Centre Pompidou in an original scenography by Monika Sosnowska (Poland), whilst sources, archives, documents as well as videos and films are presented inside the installation created by Slovene artist Tobias Putrih.

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