A European project on cultural relations between Eastern and Western Europe

The East-West cultural narrative of Europe has always been nurtured by mutual fascination, various exchanges but also misunderstandings throughout the Cold War and continuing through the present day. Artists were and still are at the forefront of efforts to change perceptions between the two sides, connect people and introduce new  ways of thinking and understanding one another. 

“Trauma & Revival” offers an ambitious journey that showcases and reflects upon the ties between the East and the West during the Cold War and today. Between 2015 and 2018, six partners will engage one another in the interest of international cooperation, bringing together artists, intellectuals and citizens from across the continent. “Trauma & Revival” offers a stimulating platform to revisit a shared history, change today’s perceptions and imagine new forms of cultural dialogue. It echoes the current context in Europe. Through exhibitions, artist residencies, video programmes, workshops, conferences, roundtables, and a digital timeline, this project will raise meaningful questions about our current relationships in order to move towards a common future.


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Did you know?

  • Cultural diplomacy between Eastern and Western Europe from 1945 till today

    The University of Jyväskylä will hold a conference entitled East-West Cultural Relations: Interplay of Arts and Cultural Diplomacy 1945-2017, which seeks to strengthen the research of cultural exchanges across national borders.

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  • Opening of the Exhibition "Art in Europe 1945-1968" at the ZKM - Photo: Felix Grünschloß

    ‘Facing the Future. Art in Europe 1945-68’ now at ZKM

    The Exhibition Facing the Future. Art in Europe 1945-68 is now open at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, under a new title Art in Europe 1945–1968. The Continent that the EU does not know, where it will be on show from 22 October 2016 until 29 January 2017.

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  • BOZAR in Moscow

    On March 6, 2017 the Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) together in partnership with the Pushkin State Museum of fine Arts and ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe inaugurated the exhibition “Facing the Future. Art in Europe 1945-1968” in Moscow, Russia. The exhibition was praised by The Art Newspaper Russia as an “extremely important international project” overcoming the “conventional ideological divisions between the free West and the communist East”.

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