Juliane Debeusscher

Juliane Debeusscher is a PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona and the University Grenoble Alpes under the supervision of Paula Barreiro López and Laia Manonelles Moner, with a doctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity associated with the Research Group Descentralized Modernities. Her research addresses Central European unofficial culture between 1970 and 1989, through the lens of exhibition practices and networks of artistic collaboration which contributed to their public visibility beyond the Socialist bloc.

She holds a Degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies (Université Montpellier 3 and Université Rennes 2, France, 2004) and a MA in History and Critique of the Arts (Université Rennes 2, 2006). She was a participant in the Independent Studies Programme (PEI) at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) (2008-2009).

In 2010, she was granted by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP, Francia) for a research project centred on two cases of censored exhibitions in Hungary during the 1980s. She has published essays, articles and interviews about artistic production in Eastern Europe (focusing most particularly on the Hungarian and Yugoslav contexts) in magazines such as Afterall, ArtMargins online and Springerin, as well as in edited books and exhibition catalogues.


J.Debeusscher, “From Cultural Diplomacy to Artistic and Curatorial Experimentation: The Paris Youth Biennale between 1965 and 1973“, in 24 Arguments, Early Encounters in Romanian Neo-Avant-Garde (exhibition-dossier), Institutul Prezentului, October 2020.

J. Debeusscher, “Traveling images and words: Czech action art through the lens of exhibitions and art criticism in Western Europe”, Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. Special issue “Photo-Performance, Performance Photography in Real Existing Socialisms”, edited by Katalin Cseh, Vol. 27, 2019.

J. Debeusscher, “Debates en torno al Disenso: el arte del bloque soviético en la Bienal de Venecia de 1977”, in Barreiro López, Paula (ed.), Atlántico Frío. Historias transnacionales del arte y la política en los tiempos del Telón de Acero. Brumaria, Madrid, 2019, pp. 413-443.

Barreiro López, P. y Debeusscher, J. (eds.), “Cold War networks and circulations: Cross-cultural Dialogues and Practices throughout the Global South (1957-1991)”, REGAC (Revista de Estudios Globales y Arte Contemporáneo), vol. 5, n°1, 2017-2018.

J. Debeusscher, “Mediating Alternative Culture: Two Controversial Exhibitions in 1980s Hungary”, in Bastiansen, Henrik G., Klimke, Martin and Werenskjold, Rolf (eds.), Media and the Cold War in the 1980s. Between Star Wars and Glasnost, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 161-188.

J. Debeusscher, “Dialogues engagés au travers du Rideau de fer: Raoul-Jean Moulin et Jindřich Chalupecký”, in Kramer-Mallordy, Antje (dir.), 1968 : la critique d’art, la politique et le pouvoir, online publication of the seminar organized by the PRISME program (Sept. 2018), Archives de la critique d’art, Université Rennes 2.

J. Debeusscher, “Information Crossings. On the case of The Fighting City”, in Afterall, n°31, October 2012, 72-83.

J. Debeusscher, “Retroavantgarde – Vertiginous forms of representation”, in Suzana Milevska (ed.), The Renaming Machine, Ljubljana : PARASITE Institute, 2010, 186-194.

Significant Publications