Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the Avant-garde and Modernism

Published August 22, 2022

The book presents the results of scholarly research focusing on the transformations of nationalist rhetoric in political and aesthetic discourses in the context of post-World War I changes, the changing map of Europe and the emergence of new states.

The Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences has published a new extensive publication of scientific research that was carried out in connection with the anniversary of the beginning of World War I not only in Central Europe, but also in Georgia, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries.

A major scholarly contribution is the disruption of the traditional notion created in Western art history discourse based on a black-and-white division between the national, official ideology of young states and the international utopian programs of a world “without borders.” The book’s authors convincingly demonstrate through various examples that artists, driven by a patriotic ethos, often followed both ideas in parallel or at different stages of their lives.

You can find more information about the book here.