WARTIME ARTISTS THEN AND NOW:
A CENTENARY ENCOUNTER 1914/2014
How did World War I affect the closely-connected international community of artists in Europe? How do artists experience war in our day? From a tri-national perspective, we will be revisiting the fate of the Continental avant-garde in France, Germany and Russia a century ago and filming contemporary artists as they search for traces of the Great War in these three countries.
At Goethe.de/France and Goethe.de/Russia we are delving into the world of the artists who laid the foundations for Cubism and other art movements in their studios in Paris, Saint Petersburg and Berlin a hundred years ago. Our focus is on the ways in which the outbreak of war changed the art scene at the time and how contemporary artists approach the subject of war in our day and age.
VIDEO REPORTAGES: WARTIME ARTISTS THEN AND NOW
In October 2014 we were sending painters, photographers and performance artists from Germany, France and Russia on a journey through cities and landscapes in the three countries in search of traces of their “alter egos” from that period. They will portray the fates of artists during World War I and visit places that played a key role in the war. We video-recorded their encounters with the past and were curious to see what questions arise in the process: Is it still conceivable for present-day artists to draw inspiration from wartime scenarios? Can they still relate to artists like Franz Marc and George Braque’s experiences on the front? What consequences does history have for present-day artists? The video-reportages of their journeys are showcased here.