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Partner Event: Keynote Lecture Modernist Architects and the Central European Experience in the Interwar Period

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After the Daydreaming Nations initiative last February, the House of European History and BOZAR are renewing their collaboration within the 1918 European Dreams of Modernity programme, offering an insightful reflection and discussion among the museum’s curators and urbanism experts on how urban history can enrich and challenge existing narratives on interwar Europe. How could the post-1918 history of multi-ethnic European imperial cities as Prague or Bucharest, Bratislava or Sarajevo, Budapest or Kaunas be assessed today beyond the nation-state narratives or the celebration of avant-garde experimentation?

As part of the two-day international conference “Building New States and Cities” organised by BOZAR, Martin Kohlrausch, Associate Professor of European Political History at KU Leuven, will hold a public lecture at the House of European History on Friday 16th November at 18.00.

His talk will explore the experience of architects in the Eastern part of Central Europe, mainly Poland, in the Interwar period. He will argue that, against the background of economic catching-up processes and the establishment of new nation states and their capitals, modernist architects entered into a close but also problematic relationship with the modernising states. The talk will address both the high-flying expectations which come with organising modernism in international networks, in particular the International Congresses of Modern Architecture (ICAM), and the challenges arising from the growing strength of authoritarianism at home. 

Martin Kohlrausch joined KU Leuven as Associate Professor of European Political History in 2012.
He has prepared an in-depth-study on the rise of modern architects in Central Europe in the first half of the 20th century. He has published widely on the history of mass media and modern European monarchies. In recent years his main interest has been the history of experts, on which he published an edited volume ”Expert Cultures in Central Eastern Europe”, a special issue of the Journal of Modern European History, and several articles.

Language: English

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Copyright: Members of the National Museum Construction Committee on the construction site, Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, 1936, National Digital Archives