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Artistic creation during the Cold War, at Mart Rovereto

  • 28

    March 2009
  • 26

    July 2009
Mart Rovereto  

On display are more than 250 works illustrating artistic creativity during the Cold War - from design to architecture, cinema to the visual arts.



The exhibition

The Mart Rovereto's new exhibition, "The Cold War: Art and Design in a Divided World, 1945 - 1975", is curated by Jane Pavitt and David Crowley and produced in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum of London. The show is dedicated to international creative work made during the era of the Iron Curtain and tensions between the Soviet Bloc and the Atlantic Alliance.


The event represents the first important exhibition to reappraise the factors that inspired and brought to life art created during the Cold War. During this time, as the conflict between communism and capitalism was at its height, art encountered a world divided by two different conceptions of "modernity."


With more than 250 works on display, the exhibition explores how art - in the fields of design, architecture, cinema and popular culture - distinctly flourished within the two separate political realms of the period. The show brings together objects and artworks from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, as well as the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, and East and West Germany.


The exhibit is planned around several thematic areas relevant to the Cold War: differences in the design of domestic living, the race to conquer space, depictions of the nuclear threat, and posters and films that helped shape the collective imagination on both sides of the conflict.


The works on display capture the mood of the time, including the tension that marked the competition for world supremacy and the triumphs that came with technological progress. As the exhibit shows, the new products and industrial technologies of the Western world were in contrast to the art and architecture of socialist realism.


Among the many works used to illustrate this crucial period of 20th century history, viewers will have the opportunity to admire the ceramics of Pablo Picasso, the architectural sketches of Le Corbusier, the designs of Walter Gropius and fiberglass furniture by Charles and Ray Eames.



(picture: cover of the exhibition)




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