International Conference
November 5, 2012

The period between Ausgleich and Holocaust (1867–1939) witnessed the rapid modernization of Galicia, and especially its metropolis, Lwów/Lemberg/Lviv. Citizens of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and then of the Second Polish Republic headed in a diversity of paths leading from the segregated traditional communities towards the modern integrated societies. These uneasy political and cultural conditions presented challenges for every group, and especially for their creative individuals, the artists.

The conference The Ukrainian and Jewish Artistic and Architectural Milieus of Lwów/Lemberg/Lviv: From Ausgleich to the Holocaust focused on artists and architects, who defined themselves or were defined as Ukrainians and Jews, and thus were the representatives of the two largest non-dominant groups in Lviv before World War II. Their modern identities were shaped, in respect or contrast to, but almost always in the context of the Polish dominance in the city, and – from the last third of the nineteenth century – in the context of Polish national resurgence. Ukrainian and Jewish artists were haunted by stereotypical views and self-views, both similar and dissimilar: while none of them had had any "national art," the former were known as indigenous builders and artisans, though confined to the peasant’s background, the latter as "an artless people," "isolated in ghetto for centuries." For some artists it was an existential choice to acknowledge or oppose the stereotypes. Another artists’ challenge was the ubiquitous modernization, reflected in the diversity of available concepts, whether evolutionist, "renaissance," or revolutionary. How artists constructed their artworks, their selves, and their group affiliations in relation to this changing world and specific urban environment, will be the topics of the conference. 

For more information on the conference program see here.

Languages of the conference: English and Ukrainian (simultaneous translation). 

For any questions regarding past the conference please turn to the Center’s academic coordinator, Iryna Matsevko, under