New volume published on Cold War archives in East-Central Europe and beyond

A new book “What Will Be Already Exists. Temporalities of Cold War Archives in East-Central Europe and Beyond” has been recently published in open access at Transcript Verlag publishing house giving a guide to the whole life cycle of Cold War artist archives from motivations behind self-documentation and archiving, through the alternative histories they generate, to their inevitable transformations.  This volume is edited by Emese Kürti and Zsuzsa László.

The main underlying question is: how do artist archives survive and stay authentic in radically changed contexts?

The volume addresses the challenge of continuity, sustainability, and institutionalization of archives established by Eastern European artists. At its center stands the 40th anniversary of the Artpool Art Research Center founded in 1979 in Budapest as an underground institution based on György Galántai’s »Active Archive« concept. Ten internationally renowned scholars propose contemporary interpretations of this concept and frame artist archives not as mere sources of art history but as models of self-historicization. The contributions give knowledgeable insights into the transition of Cold War art networks and institutional landscapes.

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