Visualizing Cataclysm and Renewal
Visual Culture and War Representations in Central and Eastern Europe in World War One and its Aftermath (1914-1920)
International conference by the Budapest History Museum
May 29 – 31, 2019 Budapest


29. 05.

14:00-14:15 Welcome speech by Noémi NÉPESSY, Director General of the Budapest History Museum

14:15-14:30 Conference goals and objectives 
Opening speech by Eszter BALÁZS and Anikó KATONA

14:30-15:30 Keynote speech by Annette BECKER (FRA) 
Artists between Tragedy, Camouflage, Mourning and Mockery, 1914-1918

15:30-15:45 Coffee break 

Panel 1
15:45-17:00 War and visuality 
Chair: Eszter FÖLDI (Hungarian National Gallery)

Eszter BALÁZS (HUN): Destruction of historical monuments and churches during WWI in the Hungarian press
Iván BERTÉNYI (HUN): Nail Men in Hungary: a Strange Phenomenon of War Propaganda
Gizem TONGO (TUR): Displays of Alliance-Building: Exhibition of Ottoman War Paintings during the First World War


DAY 2 
30. 05.

9:30-10:30 Keynote speech by Paul STIRTON (USA) 
The Processes of Modernity: Hungarian visual culture and the First World War

Coffee break 10:30-11:00


Panel 2
11:00-12:30 War and Art I. 
Chair: Iván BERTÉNYI (Collegium Hungaricum, Vienna)

Răzvan PÂRÂIANU (ROM): War, Art and Propaganda in Romania: The Birth of the “Romanian Art” Association in the Trenches of the First World War
Petr INGERLE (CZE): Czech art in the middle of the war and just after
Michał BURDZIŃSKI (POL): The Transient or the Incessant. Central European Painters with Writers Facing the Great Desolation


12:30-14:00 Lunch break 

Panel 3
14:00-15:15 War and Art II. (Sculpture) 
Chair: Roland PERÉNYI (Budapest History Museum)

György SZÜCS (HUN): In crosshair of nations. The case of Ferenc Medgyessy’s sculpture in Galitsia
Zoltán SUBA (HUN): Myth of Remembrance. Typology of war monuments in Hungary
Zuzana BARTOŠOVÁ (SVK): Repatriates and nomads. Life stories and works of artists migrating from and to Slovakia between 1914 and 1918. Selected examples


15:15-15:30 Coffee break 

Panel 4
15:30-16:45 Propaganda and its institutions in WW1 
Chair: Eszter BALÁZS (Kassák Museum-Petőfi Literary Museum)

Tijana PALKOVLJEVIĆ BUGARSKI (SRB): Visual Culture in Serbia (1914-1920)
Gábor BALOGH (HUN): Propaganda technics in the First World War – The birth of hate propaganda
Ágnes TAMÁS (HUN): The Depiction of Enemy in the First World War. A Comparison of German, Austrian and Hungarian Caricatures


16:45-17:00 Coffee break 

Panel 5
17:00-18:15 The role of the avantgarde 
Chair: András ZWICKL (Hungarian National Gallery)

Merse Pál SZEREDI (HUN): The New Art Versus the New State: Lajos Kassák and the ‘Activists’ during the 1919 Hungarian Communist Republic
Anna PRAVDOVÁ (CZE): Back to the realism: Czech artists during and after the First World War, the case of František Kupka and Otakar Kubín-Coubine
Eszter POLONYI M.(HUN-USA): Radical Optics: the Film-City of the 1919 Hungarian Commune



31. 05.

9:30-10:30 Keynote speech by Katalin BAKOS and Enikő RÓKA (HUN) 
Facts and Images. Twists and turns of the visual rhetoric

10:30-11:00 Coffee break 

Panel 6
11:00-12:15 Visual culture of Soviet republics 
Chair: Merse Pál SZEREDI (Kassák Museum-Petőfi Literary Museum)

Boldizsár VÖRÖS (HUN): „The Sledgehammer Stroke”;. Caricatures in the Soviet Republic of Hungary
Anikó KATONA (HUN): Posters of the Hungarian Soviet Republic
Alexandra SANKOVA (RUS): Graphic agitation in the USSR, 1917-1920


12:15-13:00 Lunch Break 

Panel 7
13:00-14:30 A new era 
Chair: Anikó KATONA (Hungarian National Gallery)

Bernhard DENSCHER (AUT): War posters and their influence on the visual culture of the political propaganda in the First Austrian Republic
Jürgen DÖRING (DEU): From Kaiser to Democracy in Twelve Weeks. How posters tell the story of the German November Revolution 1918/19
Mariusz KNOROWSKI (POL): Between patchwork and interlingua – posters from the Polish-Bolshevik war (1919-1920)
Roland PERÉNYI (HUN): “Competition” between Budapest and Vienna for international Aid after World War I