Mittwoch, 22. April 2015, 18:00 - 20:00 iCal

Tania Ørum: Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries

Respondentin: Noit Banai

Seminarraum 1, Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 7, Eingang 7.2, A-1090 Wien


The talk will trace the history of the avant-garde in the Nordic countries during the 20th century and discuss concepts of the avant-garde, historical contexts and methods of avant-garde research, transnational perspectives and the question of centre and periphery.

The Scandinavian countries had a pre-avant-garde generation of artists – Ibsen, Munch, Strindberg et al. – who were well-known in Europe and thus paved the way for the avant-garde that followed in the first quarter of the 20th century. In the early period there were no indigenous avant-garde movements in the Scandinavian countries. Artists travelled from the Nordic countries to the European centres to join avant-garde groups - one example is the Paris based Ballets Suédois. The interwar period saw the establishment of avant-garde groups in the Nordic countries. And one significant transnational group, the Cobra group, survived World War II and had a very active member, the Danish artist Asger Jorn, who in the 1950s went on to start the Situationist movement in collaboration with Guy Debord. After World War II lively avant-garde movements appeared in the Nordic countries as part of the 1960s wave of revolt.





EVSL/Abteilung für Finno-Ugristik und Abteilung für Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft


Karoly Kokai