Professor Matthew Rampley’s New Grant Award

The Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies is delighted to announce that Prof. Matthew Rampley has been awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council. The award of €2.4 million is for the five-year project Continuity and Rupture in Central European Art and Architecture, 1918-1939. It examines how the arts responded to the political upheavals in central Europe after the First World War, in particular, the collapse of Austria-Hungary and the creation of the new states of Austria, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. How did such huge political change affect architecture and the visual arts? Many artists and architects were keen to embrace the new opportunities that were available, and happily consigned the memory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to oblivion, but others were either ambivalent about its loss or mourned its passing. How were such varied attitudes expressed? Moreover, how did the governments of the newly created states define themselves, and how did they use the arts to promote such definitions? The project is thus an examination of the culture and politics of memory in the visual arts, and it has contemporary relevance. Most states of the former Austria-Hungary still enjoy a special relationship as members of the Visegrad group; there is a sense, therefore, that the old Empire cast a long shadow into the present.

Jaromir Funke. Photograph from the Cycle “Time Persists” (1932). Source Artstor.
Jaromir Funke. Photograph from the Cycle “Time Persists” (1932). Source: Artstor.


Vilmos Huszár Composition (1921) Source Artstor.
Vilmos Huszár. Composition (1921) Source: Artstor.



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