Historicizing Art: Knowledge Production in Art History in Estonia amidst Changing Ideologies and Disciplinary Developments

Conference "Art History and Socialism(s) after World War II: The 1940s until the 1960s". Photo: Kristina Jõekalda

The main objective of the project is to examine the process of historicizing art by means of art historiography and knowledge production (writing of art histories, exhibition practice etc.) in Estonia from the 19th to the 21st century. Throughout times same works of art and architecture, as well as entire narratives of local artistic development, have been presented in various ways and assembled into surpisingly differing histories. These, in turn, have formed the basis for understanding and perceiving historical art in the society at large. The project aims to explore how these juxtaposing art histories relate to and differ from one another, and how politics, ideologies, the international discourse of art history and local historiographical tradition have affected these different interpretations. Thus the project sets one of its tasks also to study the historical cultural situations and transnational cultural exchange that have brought these particular perceptions of heritage about.

Principal investigator: Krista Kodres

Senior research staff: Virve Sarapik

Other research staff: Kristina Jõekalda, Kädi Talvoja, Eero Kangor, Maria Jäärats (PhD students)

Duration: 2015–2018

Project type: Personal Research Funding

Financed by the Estonian Research Council

See in the Estonian Research Information System

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Posted by Kristina Jõekalda

Institute of Art History and Visual Culture