Organiser: Lithuanian Culture Research Institute

The conference is devoted to the issue of the relationship between war and art during World Wars. The memories of these wars, especially of World War II are still alive in the countries engaged in the conflict, but the research of art and artistic culture of war periods is still not adequate. The first day of the conference is devoted to the period of WWI, the second day – to WWII; the presenters discuss the relations of art to politics, ideology and propaganda of war time, the tendencies of art and peculiarities of artistic life, the visual images of war, the strategies of artist’s behaviour and the losses of cultural heritage. The papers of the conference cover the experience of European countries – Hungary, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Russia, Belorussia, special attention is paid to the experience of the Baltic countries –Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia since in soviet and post-soviet historiography this topic was either neglected, or treated in a biased way.


Thursday 12 May
CAC Reading Room

9.15–9.45 registration of participants

9.45 Welcome word by the director of Lithuanian Culture Research Institute dr. Jolanta Širkaitė

10.00 prof. Eduards Kļaviņš, Latvian Academy of Art
Patriotic Rhetoric and Grim Realities of World War I in Latvian Art: the Case of Jāzeps Grosvalds

10.30 dr. Miklós Szekely, Budapest Pazmany Péter University
Art Exhibitions as Communication Strategy – the Case of Hungary between 1914–1918

11.00 dr. Kristiāna Ābele, Latvian Art Academy
Out from behind the Fireplace. The Progress of Latvian Self-Assertion in the Art Life during World War I

11.30–12.00 coffee break

12.00 dr. Kai Artinger, Berlin
Giotto, Michelangelo, Raphael and World War I. William Orpen’s Picture of ‘simple soldier man’s’ death

12.30 dr. Laima Laučkaitė, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute
Image of the Occupied City: Walter Buhe’s Vilnius of World War I

13.00 dr. Stella Pelše, Latvian Art Academy
World War I and its Aftermath in Latvian Artwriting

13.30–15.00 luch break

15.00 dr. Lijana Natalevičienė, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute
Vilnius Diary: Lithuanian Artistic Crafts During World War I

15.30 Irina Pronina, Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow
Futuristic Battles and World War I. Pavel Filonov 1914–1919

16.00 dr. Jonathan Black, Kingston University, London
Strident Supermen?: Constructions of British Masculinity and the Image of the Hero in World War II Portraiture of Eric Kennington (1888–1960)

16.30 dicussions

Friday 13 May
National Gallery of Art, Conference Hall (Konstitucijos str. 22)

10.00 prof. Jānis Kalnačs, Vidzemė University
Artist in Latvia under Nazi Occupation. War, Occupation, Power

10.30 prof. Vojtěch Lahoda, Charles University in Prague
‘Living in Peace’? ‘Degenerate Art’ and Czech Modernism in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

11.00 dr. Anna Pravdová, National Gallery of Art, Prague
Czech Artists Escaped in France during World War II

11.30–12.00 coffee break

12.00 Milan Pech, Charles University in Prague
Historizing Trends in Czech Art during World War II

12.30 dr. Gábor Pataki, Hungary, Art Research Institute
‘Art under Dangerous Constellation’: the so-called ‘New Romanticism’ as a Special Form of Escapism in Central-European Art during World War II

13.00 dr. Giedrė Jankevičiūtė, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute
Intimism in the Art of Lithuania: 1941–1944

13.30–14.30 luch break

14.30 Kristina Jõekalda, Estonian Art Academy
Heritage of Art History between Fires: Protection of Architectural Monuments in Estonia during World War II

15.00 Uladzimir Valodzin, Belarusian National Art Museum
Janka Kaškiel: the Caricaturist who Served the Bolshevik and Nazi Regimes

15.30 Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Vilnius Art Academy
Urban Development of Vilnius during World War II: Ideological Interventions

16.00 discussions

18.00 Opening of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

Image: Walter Buhe „On the Eve of Kaiser Wilhelm’s Birthday, Vilnius 1917“ (Bildersschau der Wilnaer Zeitung, 1917, No. 4)