Multimedia updates: Questioning the great divide(s) during the Cold War

The sound recording of the workshop Questioning the great divide(s) during the Cold War: a tool box for a transnational history of art (Universitat de Barcelona, 6-7 March 2018) are now available in our multimedia section.

This workshop proposed to share and discuss a series of methodological and theoretical resources, in relation to the study of cultural and intellectual practices during the Cold War and their intersections with the sociopolitical contexts from which they arise, from a transnational perspective.
The workshop focused on the conceptual and theoretical resources involved in each study, to examine their articulation and application, as well as the frictions and negotiations this process can bring in. To this end, the working sessions have been carried out based on the shared experiences of a guest researcher with a consolidated trajectory (Mathilde Arnoux, director of the European project “Own Reality. To each its own reality. The notion of the real in the fine arts of France, West Germany, East Germany and Poland between 1960 and 1989” (2010-2016) and Research department director at the Centre Allemand d’ Histoire de l’ Art (DFK), Paris), PhD candidates, as well as other participants in the workshop. Through presentations, discussions and shared readings, the objective of this workshop was to examine and compare the methodological and theoretical approaches and statements of the respective works.

Mathilde Arnoux, Shared Reality: Towards a history of artistic relations between the East and the West during the Cold War.


Juliane Debeusscher, Questioning interpretative frames: Central European art’s trajectories and points of fixation, 1971-1981 and beyond.


Abdiel Segarra Rios, Puerto Rican abstraction in front of “National” Art History and its narratives.


Pablo Santa Olalla, What is the South-Atlantic Space of Conceptualism?


Anita Orzes, From Venice Biennial to Havana, going through….?