Contemporary Art in Boom and Crisis. France and Germany 1918-1933

Gee, Malcolm (2012) Contemporary Art in Boom and Crisis. France and Germany 1918-1933. In: The Challenge of the Object/Die Herausforderung des Objekts: 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art Congress proceedings. German National Museum, Nurenberg, pp. 712-713. ISBN 9783936688658

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In the postwar years the Parisian art market went through a remarkable boom, that reinforced the city’s role as the leading centre for innovation and supplier of artworks to the international community. This took place in a context of inflation leading to a financial crisis and an official devaluation of the franc. The German art market also went through a short boom period immediately after the war but the total collapse of the mark in 1923-1924 had a highly destructive impact on art sales. Following the introduction of the new Reichsmark conditions gradually improved and some centres, Berlin in particular, re-established an infrastructure for the support of art production quite successfully. This essay analyses specific features of these phenomena in a comparative perspective addressing the following key issues:

• How did fluctuating financial conditions affect the structural features of the contemporary art market in France and Germany 1918-1928?
• What was the experience, and response, of artists to these conditions?
• What impact did these commercial factors have on the understanding and interpretation of contemporary art in the two countries?

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: V200 History by area
W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: Malcolm Gee
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2014 15:12
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 22:03

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