Traces of Modernism between Art and Politics: From the First World War to Totalitarianism

07.-09.10.2015, Tagung, DHI Rom

The international conference focuses on the intersection of socio-political proposals and artistic-cultural experiments after the First World War. The Great War and its immediate aftermath was a dramatic and traumatic experience, but it also led to widespread hopes for a new society. In many European countries this resulted in the rise of dictatorial movements and regimes with totalitarian aspirations. 

This conference strives to be inter-disciplinary in its methodology, putting together historical-political and historic-artistic approaches. The aim is not to suggest uncertain causal connections between political theories and artistic movements, but rather to identify different forms of recognition and awareness of the ongoing crisis. The different movements were searching for solutions with new and unprejudiced and sometimes revolutionary formulas strongly directed towards to the future.