The first comparative study of artistic culture in Europe under Soviet influence following the Yalta Accords, tracing the complex relationship between art and politics and the tensions between the avant-garde and traditional practices on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
Piotr Piotrowski (1952-2015) was a professor of art history
at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is the initiator of horizontal art history and critical museography. He also directed the National Museum in Warsaw in 2009-2010. His publications include Meanings of Modernism: Towards a History of Polish Art after 1945
(1999), Art and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe
(2012) and, with Jérôme Bazin
and Pascal Dubourg Glatigny, Art beyond Borders. Artistic Exchange in Communist Europe [1945-1989]