Unexpected Meeting: Madrid and Avant-Garde during the First World War

Unexpected Meeting: Madrid and Avant-Garde during the First World War

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Piotr Rypson

National Museum, Warsaw


Center for Urban History, Lviv

The year 1914, which devastated Europe during the First World War, was when Madrid started to blossom as a cosmopolitan cultural metropolis. Many refugees from France, including many foreigners – Polish, Ukrainian, German – found refuge in neutral Spain, sometimes for many years. Among them were prominent artists who played an important role in shaping Madrid modernism. What is important is that they met a whole generation of young artists who come from Latin America; among them were future masters Vicente Huidobro, Jorge Luis Borges, Rafael Barradas, and other poets and artists whose work formed the basis of Latin American modernism. Against this seemingly exotic environment, Rypson looked at figures from the Polish colony of artists in Madrid and a different, unusual variant of avant-garde affinity.

The lecture was be held in Polish with simultaneous translation.

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Piotr Rypson

is a Polish art historian, curator, critic, essayist and literary critic. He is Deputy Director of the National Museum in Warsaw. In 2000 he received his doctorate for his study “Visual Poetry in Poland from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries.” He curated exhibitions of artists Zbigniew Libera, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Dick Higgins, Andrzej Dluzniewski, Maria Jarema, Stefan and Franciszka Themerson.

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Lecture is a part of the series of events in support of the exhibition "The Great War 1914 - ... Individual and Global Experience".


Сover Image: Rafael Barradas "García Maroto and García Lorca" (c.1920)