“Warsaw-Moscow/Moscow-Warsaw, 1900–2000”

Zachęta National Gallery of Art

“Warsaw-Moscow/Moscow-Warsaw, 1900–2000” was an outgrowth of the pioneering exhibitions of similar character, “Paris-Moscow” and “Berlin-Moscow,” but its significance was quite different. While the two earlier blockbusters mainly celebrated, and validated, an art-historical division of Europe into “centers” and “peripheries” by the nations that have held claims to the highest achievements of modern art, the Warsaw exhibition, curated by Anda Rottenberg, matched two countries that most of the world hardly perceives as equal—politically, culturally, or artistically. Indirectly, this show reflected the presence of “blank spots” on the artistic map of Europe, which had often been justified in the past by the unfavorable geopolitical division of the old continent into East and West.

Providing a historical record of the development of arts in both countries by surveying works of some 250 artists,

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