Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, “Promises of the Past” questions the former opposition between Eastern and Western Europe by reinterpreting the history of the communist block countries. To draw this discontinuous history of art in Former East, this transnational and transgenerational project features works by more than fifty artists from Central and Eastern Europe but also from other European Countries.
Putting together commissioned essays, documentation, artist pages, unpublished documents and an anthology of key texts (among them, historic essays by Slavoj Zizek
, Igor Zabel
& the What, How & for Whom group), “Promises of the Past” is a valuable and useful survey of the last decades Eastern Europe artistic scene
– a scene which has now the place its deserve.