Workshop “Community and Utopia. Artist‘s Settlements in Eastern and East-Central Europe, from the Fin-de-Siècle to Socialism” at Nida Art Colony, 3–5 May 2016

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Workshop is organized by the Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig (research group Utopian Communities) and Vilnius Academy of Arts.

If you want to participate in the workshop “Community and Utopia”, please contact Rasa Antanavičiūtė This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
The seminar will be held in English and the number of participants is limited.

From the end of the nineteenth century until the interwar period, several artists’ colonies emerged in Eastern and East-Central Europe. They ranged from summer residences for plein-air painting to more permanent forms of cohabitation and were of various duration. Seeking a new kind of community of artists and artisans, many of them cultivated reform concepts and were influenced by socialist ideas.

The first question of this workshop is how the utopian ideals were realized in the artists’ communities and colonies of the prewar and interwar period.

The second question addresses their continued existence under socialism, discussing to what extent the ideas and practices originally developed in these early artists’ communities influenced state-directed forms of artists’ settlements in the socialist bloc.

Marina Dmitrieva (GWZO)

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