Michaela Marek und Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė (Hg.): Baroque for a wide public

Michaela Marek, Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė (Hrsg.)

Baroque for a wide public (Journal of Art Historiography 15, Dec. 2016)

(aus dem Editorial)
This special section of the Journal of Art Historiography aims at exploring the
communication of art historical content in popular media during the Cold War era.1
In seizing on this subject we acknowledge the important role of popular art histories
in the forming of persistent concepts of local patrimony and national past in the
public opinion. In the decades of the cultural competition of the communist and
capitalist systems in the second half of the twentieth century an integral part of the
efforts on both sides to propagate the respective world views was the imagination of
history. To reach a global public was one of the prominent features to win ‘the battle
for men’s minds’. With the rise of magazines and illustrated books, radio, fictional
and documentary films as well as large photo and art exhibitions touring the world
from the 1950s on stories of art and of artists found a mass public. In the sphere of
influence of the Soviet Union, exhibitions, but also study trips, public lectures,
journal articles, books, radio broadcasts, documentary and fictional films aimed at
educating millions of people culturally – and at the same time ideologically.

Gesamte Ausgabe des Journal of Art Historiography 15 im Open Access

Jounal of Art Historiography (Number 15 December 2016)