Russian Inputs in Czechoslovakia : When Art History meets History : The Institutum Kondakovianum during the Nazi Occupation

Authors

FOLETTI Ivan

Year of publication 2019
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description This paper was originally intended to provide a brief reflection on the role that a phenomenon such as Russian emigration in general, and that of the Institutum Kondakovianum in particular had in Czechoslovakia in the interwar years. However, recent discoveries made in the Columbia University archives in New York impel me to partly reconsider this objective. The first part of this essay will still be dedicated to Russian emigration and the Kondakov Institute between the two world wars. The second part will be however devoted to a time that has been little investigated in critical studies: the life of the Institutum during the Nazi regime. My aim is not to merely relate facts and events. As far as possible, I would like to offer a broader reflection on the dialectic relation between art history (here framed in the life of an institute) and a totalitarian regime, even when the latter does not makes direct use of violence.
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