Beyond Friendships: Regional Cultural Transfer in The Art of the 1970s


May 11 at 9:30 AM – May 12 at 4 PM
OMRRK C building (Budapest XIII. Szabolcs street 33.)
The two-day conference “Beyond Friendships: Regional Cultural Transfer in The Art of the 1970s” organized by the Central European Research Institute for Art History (KEMKI) – Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest, is investigating the concept of cultural transfer and its relevance for the transnational art histories of Central-East Europe.

The program is composed of the five sections that investigate the different scales of transfers and translations. The first panel, “Theories of Translation and Transfer” will examine how the concept of cultural transfer and translation may be applied to write art histories transcending the boundaries of national cultures, and what specificities, cultural differences or epistemologies can constitute joint histories of the former “friendly” states of Eastern Europe. In the second section, “Interpersonal Friendships and Dialogues”, speakers will present actual cross-border friendships as micro-sites for cultural transfer and translation. The last section of the first day, “Hubs of Transfer”, will discuss unique, multi-ethnic, interdisciplinary and collaborative milieus, in-between zones that facilitated transfers between different languages, ideological discourses, and localities. On the second day of the conference, panel 4, titled “Agents, Vectors, Mediators”, will focus on transnational protagonists who imported, exported, and translated various artistic concepts between different languages and localities and as such, also negotiated the transnational interpretations of East European art. Finally, in the section “Institutions of Friendship”, speakers will highlight the role art galleries, institutions, and international exhibitions played in connecting and confronting different local idioms of art.

The conference is dedicated to the memory and work of László Beke.

• Welcome and introduction: Dávid Fehér, director of the Central European Research Institute for Art History (KEMKI)
• Speakers: Zuzana Bartošová, Andrea Bátorová, Boris Buden, Hana Buddeus and Pavlína Morganová, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň, Emese Kürti, Zsuzsa László, Małgorzata Misniakiewicz, Cristian Nae, Radek Przedpełski, Magdalena Radomska, Alina Șerban, Natalia Słaboń, Jelena Vesić, Aneta Zahradnik and Tomasz Załuski.

If you would like to participate please register until 5th of May on the following link: