The official book launch of Kulturní převlékání. Umění na troskách socialismu a na vrcholcích nacionalismu by the Hungarian art historian Edit András, published by the Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové, will take place on 15 February 2024 at 6pm in the auditorium of the main building of the Academy of Fine Arts (U Akadamie 4, Prague 7). Edit András will use the occasion to give a public lecture introducing listeners to the development of the Hungarian cultural scene over the last two decades, the concept of the book, and the development of Central European art in the 21st century.
The lecture and subsequent discussion will be held in English. The evening will be moderated by Pavlína Morganová, head of the AVU Academic Research Centre with the participation of the director of the Gallery of Modern Art, František Zachoval.
The book is the second publication of the Central and Eastern Europe Edition, in which the Gallery of Modern Art focuses on the art history of the Central European region. The book takes the form of a translation of selected parts of Edit András’s books Kulturális átöltözés. Müvészet a szocializmus romjain (Cultural Cross-Dressing: Art on the Ruins of Socialism, 2009) and Határsértö képzelet. Kortárs müvészet és kritikai elmélet Európa keleti felén (Limits of the Imagination: Contemporary Art and Critical Theory in Eastern Europe, 2023). It offers the author’s reflections on the development of culture and the visual arts in Hungary over the last two decades. Copies of both Edit András’s current book and the first book of the imprint referred to above, Meanings of Modernism by Piotr Piotrowski, will be available to buy at a discount. The current publications of the Academic Research Centre will also be on sale.
Edit András (*1953) is a Hungarian art historian and critic, a researcher at the Institute of Art History, Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, and visiting professor at the History Department of the Central European University in Vienna. She specialises in Eastern and Central European modern and contemporary art, art theory, and focuses on gender issues and social and political engagement, nationalism and post-socialist transformation.