Art, politics and counterculture in the transatlantic axis from the Cold War to contemporaneity

Decentralized Modernities is an international research platform that brings together researchers from different centres in Europe, South and North America. In its current configuration, it develops two main lines of work. The first focuses on a comparative analysis of centres of the Atlantic axis, emphasising the forms of mediation, negotiation and resistance to the ideological, aesthetic and cultural schism of the Cold War. The second studies the impact that (social, cultural and political) forms from this historical period still have today, both on the configuration of the realities of our present time and on current artistic practices.

The idea is to highlight the links between the artistic/cultural world and social and labour, as well as national liberation and counter-cultural movements that conveyed dissident responses to the Cold War’s geopolitical order, contributing to decentralize the normative, western and colonial modernity.

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11 February, 2021

Symposium – Pierre Gaudibert : militant, critique, sociologue de l’art, expérimentateur de musée

On February 24 to 26, the online symposium Pierre Gaudibert: militant, critique, sociologue de l’art, expérimentateur de musée will take place. Taking into account Pierre Gaudibert’s theoretical and institutional heritage, his commitments but also his disenchantments, impasses and limits, the symposium aims to consider the possible avenues that his work has opened to the link between art and democracy, to a practice that opens up institutions, to a plurality of cultures and artistic practices.

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8 February, 2021

From private to public. Issues and strategies in the presentation of private collections of modern and contemporary art in public institutions

Organized within the framework of the exhibition “Giorgio Morandi. Luigi Magnani’s collection” at the Musée de Grenoble (December 12, 2020 – April 18, 2021), this one-day conference aims to bring together recent reflections about strategies for the presentation of private collections of contemporary art (20th-21th centuries) in French and international museums and private institutions.

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Project I+D HAR2017-82755-PMinistry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Spain


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Béatrice Joyeux Prunel

La discordance des temps mise en oeuvres. Au-delà de l’opposition stérile entre géohistoire culturelle et histoire de l’art focalisée sur les oeuvres
(Geneva, 9 November 2019)

Élodie Lebeau

Le Musée de la Solidarité Salvador Allende, de l’Unité Populaire au retour d’exil (1971-1991
(Grenoble, 8 October 2020)

Bojana Piškur

Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned. Keynote in the conference Transnational solidarities and visual culture 
(Grenoble, 24-25 June 2019).

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