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The Postsocialist Contemporary: The Institutionalization of Artistic Practice in Eastern Europe After 1989

Octavian Esanu

Abstract

The postsocialist contemporary intervenes, from the historical perspective of Eastern Europe, in a wider conversation about “contemporary art.” It departs from, and revolves around, a concrete case in which a program called “for contemporary art” was assembled on the debris of the Berlin Wall by the Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros. The Soros Centers for Contemporary Art (SCCA) was a network of twenty art centers active during the 1990s in Eastern Europe. The book argues that this program played an important role in the actualization of the paradigm of contemporary art in the former ... More

Keywords: contemporary art, postsocialist contemporary, Sorosart, Soros contemporary, George Soros, Soros Centers for Contemporary Art (SCCA) network, art as problem-solving, antipolitics, neoliberalism, Karl Popper

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781526158000
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7765/9781526158017

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Octavian Esanu, author
American University of Beirut