Before and after? Continuity or rupture? Belgian art around World War I
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are organising an international scientific colloquium dedicated to the place of Belgian Art in a European context. For reasons of generational confrontation, the avant-garde and more traditional or singular positions are covered as well.
In European art historiography, World War I is traditionally described as a turnpoint boosting the avant-garde. The colloquium intends to confront this now conventional assertion with the specific cultural situation of Belgian Art on the beginning of the 20th century. The artistic evolution of Belgian Art during the World War I, as well as the circulation of art works, the situation of museums, galleries, artistic or cultural associations and cultural transfers are treated under this aspect. A simple BEFORE/AFTER dichotomy enables to structure the field of study systematically and to address the DURING question.
The issues discussed at the colloquium are being developed in the exhibition 14-18. Rupture or Continuity.