A private members club and hotel on now-fashionable Dover Street, The Arts Club has been an important hub of creativity throughout its history. Founded in 1863 by a group of artists, scientists, and writers, including Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and Lord Leighton, the club has had strong historical links with the Royal Academy, with many academicians still among its members today.
Displacements: Avant-Garde Eastern and Central European Art From the Cold War Period will seek to lift the veil on the Iron Curtain, examining how artists of the period, previously overlooked in the Western world, responded to the politics of their day, resisting conventional methods and authoritarian societal norms to develop a bold, nuanced, experimental, and conceptual approach to visual art. The work on display will also demonstrate the artists’ responses to new technology in film and graphic design.
Significant figures who feature in the exhibition include Hungarian Dóra Maurer, a multi-media artist working in photography, film, and graphic design, noted for her pioneering geometric and mathematical compositions; Edward Krasinski, a Polish sculptor, painter, and installation artist and subject of an upcoming solo exhibition and retrospective at Tate Liverpool; and Běla Kolářová, an artist and photographer from Czechoslovakia celebrated for her trademark ‘artificial negative’, or camera-less photography style, in which imprints of inanimate, daily objects (often associated with femininity) are transferred directly onto photographic paper.
Alongside the work of other prominent artists, the pieces by these groundbreaking, highly individualized artists will seek to develop a coherent narrative, painting a picture of how radical movements and artistic collectives formed in the face of economic, political, and social barriers.
Displacements: Avant-Garde Eastern and Central European Art From the Cold War Period is running on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am- 12pm by appointment only at The Arts Club.