What is singular and what is plural in Baltic art histories? Which questions are raised and how are they solved by art historians? What kind of re- and pre-ferences do art histories make? What are the roles that art histories assume in inter- and cross-disciplinary projects, networks, and every-day realities? What voices do Baltic art histories have locally, regionally, and globally? (Or are they reserved to observing and listening?) How do art histories respond to or shape research policies? What are professional and civic priorities of art historians? These and similar questions usually addressed during breaks of scholarly conferences and sometimes noted in assessment drafts, call for in-depth discussion with an aim at identifying disciplinary roles, bonds, outputs, challenges, expectations, and potentials. Taking this inside-out format, the conference focuses on Baltic art histories as practised and reflected by art historians.

SiteBALTIC ART HISTORIES: roles, references, relations | Institute of Art Research | Vilnius Academy of Arts (vda.lt)

Contact: conference@vda.lt
Registration: https://rb.gy/lbmhnb
Fee: regular 30 EUR; students and junior scholars 15 EUR


Friday, October 4

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome

I. (10:00 – 11:30) Messages, measures, media

Agnė Narušytė (Vilnius Academy of Arts), Art Historian as a Cultural Whistleblower: Collaborations, Interventions and Media Presence

Katrin Kivimaa (Estonian Academy of Arts), Looking Back: Thirty Years of Estonian Feminist Art History

Aiga Dzalbe (Art Academy of Latvia), Culture Magazines as a Source of Art History: Editorial Choices and Politics in Latvia

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

II. (12:00 – 13:30) Revisions, reflections, retrospect

Ginta Gerharde-Upeniece (Latvian National Museum of Art/ Art Academy of Latvia), What is So Wild Here? Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States (2018–2021): Project Evaluation and Resonance

Kädi Talvoja (Estonian Academy of Arts), National Art Schools or Stereotypes? Reviews on Baltic Art in the Vilnius Painting Triennials, 1969–1987

Ramutė Rachlevičiūtė(Vilnius Academy of Arts), Were the 1960s and 1970s Truly the Golden Age of Lithuanian Painting?

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

III. (14:30 – 16: 00) Consolidations, colonies, concepts

Kristina Jõekalda (Estonian Academy of Arts), The Propagandist Livland-Estland-Ausstellung and the Continuing Afterlives of World War I

Karina Simonson (Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Vilnius University), The Baltic Republics and the Global South: The Challenges of “Friendship of Peoples” in Soviet Children’s Media

Ieva Astahovska (Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art)Decoloniality and Art Historical Alliances in the Baltics

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

IV. (16:30 – 17:30) Heritage heard

Laura Lūse (Rundale Palace Museum), Fine Diplomacy in the Interpretation of Cultural Heritage: A Case Study of Mežotne Palace

Aistė Bimbirytė (Lithuanian National Museum of Art / Vilnius Academy of Arts), Theory in Practice – The Lithuanian Manors Summer School

18:00 – 19:30 Conference dinner

Saturday, October 5

V. (9:30 – 11:00) Profession, principles, practices

Silvija Grosa (Art Academy of Latvia), Research on Riga’s Art Nouveau Architecture in the 21st Century: Prospects and Interpretations

Kristiāna Ābele (Art Academy of Latvia), Book Reviews in the Contemporary Discourse of Art History in Latvia: Wistful National Phoenix Dreams of a Globally Endangered Species

Johannes Saar (Estonian Academy of Arts), Estonian Vernacular Artist Novels: Revising Art Historical Narratives

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

VI. (11:30 – 13:00) Masses, means, masters

Rasa Dargužaitė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute), Art Production Factories: The Case of Art Production in the Baltic Republics During the Soviet Period

Triin Reidla (Estonian Academy of Arts), Exhibition as an Art Historical Tool: "Bold and Beautiful: Estonian Private Houses from the 1980s"

Karolina Jakaitė (Vilnius Academy of Arts) and Triin Jerlei (Estonian Academy of Arts / Vilnius Academy of Arts), Relations Between Lithuanian and Estonian Designers in the Late 1980s – Early 1990s

VII. (13:30 – 14:30) CODA
Roundtable discussion, conclusions and perspectives + sandwich lunch

Programme and abstracts