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Migrant Artists
Networks of Culture
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Network

of Culture

This web documentary explores the life of different migrant artists and the potential of museums as spaces of hospitality.
Migrant artists
A home to grow

In the early 20th century, many artists were forced to embark upon a new life far from their places of origin as a result of war, authoritarian regimes or the social and economic problems they had the misfortune to experience.

If we look at the trajectory of their careers and lives in exile, new narratives emerge about memory and life lessons. These narratives emphasise the other, less visible side of the history of these creators, prompting a series of questions. How were they received? What value do we give to these wise migrants? What influence did their work have on the host countries? What experiences did they live through that can help us to understand the present?

Sonia Delaunay
Piet Mondrian
Hilde Isai
Marc Chagall
Romare Bearden

Front / Back

The canvases you can explore below also travelled, and some of them were even finished in the artists’ destinations. The opportunity to examine the works and their reverse sides is an opportunity to discover the marks and memories of time and travel.

Sonia Delaunay
Simultaneous Dresses (Three Women, Forms, Colours), 1925
Oil on canvas. 146 x 114 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

George Grosz
Metropolis, 1916 – 1917
Oil on canvas. 100 x 102 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Piet Mondrian
New York City, 3 (inacabado), 1941
Oil, pencil, chalk and coloured tape on canvas. 117 x 110 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Karl Hubbuch
Double portrait of Hilde II, 1929
Oil on canvas adhered to masonite. 150 x 77 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Marc Chagall
The Madonna of the Village, 1938 – 1942
Oil on canvas. 102,5 x 98 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Ben Shahn
Four Piece Orchestra, 1944
Tempera on masonite. 45,7 x 60,1 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Romare Bearden
Sunday after Sermon, 1969
Collage on cardboard. 101,6 x 127 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Front / Back

The canvases you can explore below also travelled, and some of them were even finished in the artists’ destinations. The opportunity to examine the works and their reverse sides is an opportunity to discover the marks and memories of time and travel.

See works

Sonia Delaunay
Simultaneous Dresses (Three Women, Forms, Colours), 1925
Oil on canvas. 146 x 114 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

George Grosz
Metropolis, 1916 – 1917
Oil on canvas. 100 x 102 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Piet Mondrian
New York City, 3 (inacabado), 1941
Oil, pencil, chalk and coloured tape on canvas. 117 x 110 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Karl Hubbuch
Double portrait of Hilde II, 1929
Oil on canvas adhered to masonite. 150 x 77 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Marc Chagall
The Madonna of the Village, 1938 – 1942
Oil on canvas. 102,5 x 98 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Ben Shahn
Four Piece Orchestra, 1944
Tempera on masonite. 45,7 x 60,1 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Romare Bearden
Sunday after Sermon, 1969
Collage on cardboard. 101,6 x 127 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Crossed Lives
Timeline

The artists featured in this project were severely impacted by the events of the 20th century. This timeline contextualises their biographies with different layers of knowledge related to the political, social and cultural developments they witnessed.

Artists
Context
Artistic movements
1911

Romare Bearden
is born in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina

International Women’s Day is held for the first time

DER BLAUE REITER

1912

Marc Chagall becomes well-known in Paris after taking part in the Salon des Indépendants

First Balkan War
1912 – 1913

ORPHISM

1913

Sonia Delaunay opens her “Atelier Simultané” workshop

photo de Sonia Delaunay portant la robe simultanée 1913. Au fond derrière le rideau on apercoit le Disque de Robert Delaunay.

Second Balkan War

SUPREMATISM

1914

Sonia Delaunay
lives between Spain and Portugal

Romare Bearden
moves to New York with his family

World War I
1914 – 1918

Construction of the Panama Canal is completed

VORTICISM

1915

Marc Chagall
marries Bella Rosenfeld

Great Migration of African-Americans in the United States
1915 – 1930

CONSTRUCTIVISM

1916

George Grosz
painting Metropolis

Woodrow Wilson is reelected president of the United States of America

DADA

1917

Sonia Delaunay loses the income she had received from Russia

photo de Sonia Delaunay, avec ombrelle en raphia et toile cirée de sa création. 
Madrid, 1918.

1988, 18 mars 29 mai, Nederlands Teltilmuseum, Tilburg, p. 43.

Russian Civil War
1917 – 1922

DE STIJL

1918

Marc Chagall is appointed fine arts commissioner of Vitebsk

Weimar Republic
1918 – 1933

“Spanish Flu” pandemic
1918 – 1920

1919

Sonia Delaunay opens an interior decoration and design business: Casa Sonia

The Treaty of Versailles is signed

BAUHAUS

1920

Romare Bearden
moves to Harlem with his family, participating in its cultural life

The National Socialist German Workers’ Party is founded

Women get the right to vote in the United States

Deutscher Tag in Coburg, links mit Pfeiffe und Hut Oskar Körner, Oktober 1922
1921

Sonia Delaunay returns to France

Adolf Hitler becomes leader of National Socialist German Workers’ Party

1922

George Grosz paints Twilight (verso: Study for the central figure of Twilight)

Benito Mussolini seizes power in Italy

1923

Marc Chagall
moves to France

Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera in Spain
1923 – 1930

NEW OBJECTIVITY

1924

George Grosz is appointed president of the Rote Gruppe association of communist artists

The Ku Klux Klan unleashes a wave of racial violence in the United States

SURREALISM

1925

Sonia Delaunay
paints Simultaneous Dresses (Three Women, Forms, Colours)

The first edition of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler is published

HARLEM RENAISSANCE

1926

The Reinhart Galleries host Marc Chagall’s first exhibition in New York

Prince Hirohito becomes the new emperor of Japan

1927

Romare Bearden lives with his grandparents in Pittsburgh

Joseph Stalin reasserts his power in the USSR

1928

Hilde Isai
marries Karl Hubbuch

The Olympic Games are held in Amsterdam

1929

Karl Hubbuch paints Twice Hilde II

Black Thursday and the Stock Market Crash of 1929 result in The Great Depression

1930

Romare Bearden studies at Boston University

Construction of the Chrysler Building in New York is completed

1931

Hilde Isai
attends classes at the Bauhaus

Ben Shahn
paints a series of works motivated by the Sacco and Vanzetti case

Proclamation of the Second Spanish

1932

George Grosz travels to New York, invited by the Art Students League

Romare Bearden studies at the Art Students League

The Divorce Bill is passed in Spain

GROUP F/65

1933

George Grosz
takes up exile in New York

Adolf Hitler seizes power in Germany

The International Rescue Committee is founded

UNIT ONE

1934

Marc Chagall and his family visit Tossa de Mar, Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo

The enabling act for “racial purity” enters into force in Germany

Die große Ausstellung "Das Wunder des Lebens" am Kaiserdamm in Berlin!
So würde es enden! Ein interessantes statistisches Anschauungsobjekt auf der Ausstellung "Wunder des Lebens".

SOCIALIST REALISM

1935

Hilde Isai
separates from Karl Hubbuch

Ben Shahn takes part as a photographer in the Farm Security Administration project

Adolf Hitler violates the Versailles Treaty with the creation of the Wehrmacht

AMERICAN SOCIAL REALIST PHOTOGRAPHY

1936

Spanish Civil War
1936 – 1939

Athlete Jesse Owens wins four gold medals at the Berlin Olympic Games

PHOTOJOURNALISM

1937

The Nazi Regime removes works by Marc Chagall from German museums

Pablo Picasso paints Guernica

The exhibition Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) opens in Munich

1938

Piet Mondrian travels to London and starts his Transatlantic Paintings

Marc Chagall painting The Madonna of the Village

Germany occupies Austria

Wiens Gruss an den Führer nach der geschichtlichen Grosstat.
Als erste Stadt des Grossdeutschen Reiches war es der Haupstadt der Ostmark, Wien, beschieden, den Führer in ihren Mauern nach seiner geschichtlichen Grosstat zu sehen und ihn in einem unbeschreiblichen Begrüssungsjubel des Dankes der Ostmark zu versichern.
Unser Bild zeigt die Wagenkolonne des Führers bei der Einfahrt in die Wiener Innenstadt. Im Hintergrund links das Tegetthoff-Denkmal
1939

Hilde Isai
emigrates to the USA

World War II
1939 – 1945

1940

Piet Mondrian
moves to New York

Marc Chagall takes refuge in the village of Gordes

Government of Winston Churchill 
1940 – 1945

Vichy France
1940 – 1944

ST. IVES SCHOOL

1941

Piet Mondrian starts painting New York City, 3 (unfinished)

Marc Chagall
is given refuge in the United States

United States enters World War II

1942

Ben Shahn paints French Workers

The Art of This Century exhibition reflects on exiled European artists

Battle of Stalingrad
1942 – 1943

1943

James A. Porter publishes Modern Negro Art

Tehran Conference

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM

1944

Piet Mondrian dies in New York

Ben Shahn
paints Four Piece Orchestra

Charles de Gaulle leads the Provisional Government of the French Republic
1944 – 1946

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1945

Sonia Delaunay takes part in the Art Concret exhibition at the Gallerie René Drouin

Atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The United Nations is founded

1946

The MoMA opens a retrospective exhibition on Marc Chagall

The UNESCO is created

Greek Civil War
1946 – 1950

1947

The Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris dedicates a retrospective to Marc Chagall

Marshall Plan to aid Europe

SPATIALISM

1948

The UN adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

COBRA GROUP

1949

Life magazine asks of Pollock: “Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?”

NATO is created

1950

Marc Chagall
moves to the French town of Vence

Stalin and Mao sign a Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance between China and the Soviet Union

1951

D. Salinger publishes The Catcher in the Rye

1952

George Grosz travels to Europe for the first time after World War II

Elizabeth II becomes queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

1953

Sonia Delaunay celebrates her second solo exhibition in Paris

Nikita Khrushchev rises to power in the USSR
1953 – 1964

1954

Romare Bearden marries Nanette Rohan

France recognises the independence of Vietnam

Ernest Hemingway receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

1955

Sonia Delaunay exhibits in New York

HyperFocal: 0

Civil rights movement in the United States

The Family of Man at MoMA exhibits American documentary photography

1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower is re-elected as president of the United States of America

Suez Crisis

NEO-DADA

1957

The French government makes Sonia Delaunay a “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”

The European Economic Community is founded

The Situationist International starts its “drift”

POP ART

1958

Charles de Gaulle is elected the president of the Fifth French Republic

1959

George Grosz returns to Germany and dies in Berlin

Zentralbild Stöhr Ho. 16.4.1959 Berlin: Stadtansichten von Berlin. Brandenburger Tor

Triumph of the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro assumes power

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HAPPENINGS AND MINIMALISM

1960

Marc Chagall receives the Erasmus Prize for his contribution to European culture

John F Kennedy is elected president of the United States

NOUVEAU RÉALISME

1961

Romare Bearden
founds Spiral

Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human being to orbit the plane

Construction starts on the Berlin Wall

FLUXUS

1962

Cuban Missile Crisis

1963

Marc Chagall is commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Paris Opera

Martin Luther King makes his famous speech I Have a Dream

The US president John F. Kennedy is assassinated

1964

The Louvre exhibits Sonia Delaunay’s work

The Civil Rights Law is approved in the United States

Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

1965

Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza acquires his first painting by Marc Chagall, The Madonna of the Village

It is Bloody Sunday in Selma (United States)

1966

Indira Gandhi is elected the prime minister of India

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Glenn T. Seaborg at the dedication of Bhabha Atomic Research Center in Trombay, India in 1967. Credit the United States Information Service, Bombay, India. Laboratory Directorate
1967

In the United States, Apollo 1 catches fire during a launch rehearsal

ARTE POVERA

1968

Ben Shahn paints Identity

Prague Spring

Assassination of Martin Luther King 

May 68 in France

1969

Romare Bearden
paints Sunday After Sermon

Ben Shahn
dies in New York

Neil Armstron becomes the first human being to set foot on the Moon

Richard Nixon becomes president of the United States

CONCEPTUAL ART

1911

Artists

Romare Bearden
is born in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina

Context

International Women’s Day is held for the first time

Artistic movements

DER BLAUE REITER

1912

Artists

Marc Chagall becomes well-known in Paris after taking part in the Salon des Indépendants

Context

First Balkan War
1912 – 1913

Artistic movements

ORPHISM

1913

Artists

Sonia Delaunay opens her “Atelier Simultané” workshop

photo de Sonia Delaunay portant la robe simultanée 1913. Au fond derrière le rideau on apercoit le Disque de Robert Delaunay.
Context

Second Balkan War

Artistic movements

SUPREMATISM

1914

Artists

Sonia Delaunay
lives between Spain and Portugal

Romare Bearden
moves to New York with his family

Context

World War I
1914 – 1918

Construction of the Panama Canal is completed

Artistic movements

VORTICISM

1915

Artists

Marc Chagall
marries Bella Rosenfeld

Context

Great Migration of African-Americans in the United States
1915 – 1930

Artistic movements

CONSTRUCTIVISM

1916

Artists

George Grosz
painting Metropolis

Context

Woodrow Wilson is reelected president of the United States of America

Artistic movements

DADA

1917

Artists

Sonia Delaunay loses the income she had received from Russia

photo de Sonia Delaunay, avec ombrelle en raphia et toile cirée de sa création. 
Madrid, 1918.

1988, 18 mars 29 mai, Nederlands Teltilmuseum, Tilburg, p. 43.
Context

Russian Civil War
1917 – 1922

Artistic movements

DE STIJL

1918

Artists

Marc Chagall is appointed fine arts commissioner of Vitebsk

Context

Weimar Republic
1918 – 1933

“Spanish Flu” pandemic
1918 – 1920

1919

Artists

Sonia Delaunay opens an interior decoration and design business: Casa Sonia

Context

The Treaty of Versailles is signed

Artistic movements

BAUHAUS

1920

Artists

Romare Bearden
moves to Harlem with his family, participating in its cultural life

Context

The National Socialist German Workers’ Party is founded

Women get the right to vote in the United States

Deutscher Tag in Coburg, links mit Pfeiffe und Hut Oskar Körner, Oktober 1922

1921

Artists

Sonia Delaunay returns to France

Context

Adolf Hitler becomes leader of National Socialist German Workers’ Party

1922

Artists

George Grosz paints Twilight (verso: Study for the central figure of Twilight)

Context

Benito Mussolini seizes power in Italy

1923

Artists

Marc Chagall
moves to France

Context

Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera in Spain
1923 – 1930

Artistic movements

NEW OBJECTIVITY

1924

Artists

George Grosz is appointed president of the Rote Gruppe association of communist artists

Context

The Ku Klux Klan unleashes a wave of racial violence in the United States

Artistic movements

SURREALISM

1925

Artists

Sonia Delaunay
paints Simultaneous Dresses (Three Women, Forms, Colours)

Context

The first edition of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler is published

Artistic movements

HARLEM RENAISSANCE

1926

Artists

The Reinhart Galleries host Marc Chagall’s first exhibition in New York

Context

Prince Hirohito becomes the new emperor of Japan

1927

Artists

Romare Bearden lives with his grandparents in Pittsburgh

Context

Joseph Stalin reasserts his power in the USSR

1928

Artists

Hilde Isai
marries Karl Hubbuch

Context

The Olympic Games are held in Amsterdam

1929

Artists

Karl Hubbuch paints Twice Hilde II

Context

Black Thursday and the Stock Market Crash of 1929 result in The Great Depression

1930

Artists

Romare Bearden studies at Boston University

Context

Construction of the Chrysler Building in New York is completed

1931

Artists

Hilde Isai
attends classes at the Bauhaus

Ben Shahn
paints a series of works motivated by the Sacco and Vanzetti case

Context

Proclamation of the Second Spanish

1932

Artists

George Grosz travels to New York, invited by the Art Students League

Romare Bearden studies at the Art Students League

Context

The Divorce Bill is passed in Spain

Artistic movements

GROUP F/65

1933

Artists

George Grosz
takes up exile in New York

Context

Adolf Hitler seizes power in Germany

The International Rescue Committee is founded

Artistic movements

UNIT ONE

1934

Artists

Marc Chagall and his family visit Tossa de Mar, Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo

Context

The enabling act for “racial purity” enters into force in Germany

Die große Ausstellung "Das Wunder des Lebens" am Kaiserdamm in Berlin!
So würde es enden! Ein interessantes statistisches Anschauungsobjekt auf der Ausstellung "Wunder des Lebens".
Artistic movements

SOCIALIST REALISM

1935

Artists

Hilde Isai
separates from Karl Hubbuch

Ben Shahn takes part as a photographer in the Farm Security Administration project

Context

Adolf Hitler violates the Versailles Treaty with the creation of the Wehrmacht

Artistic movements

AMERICAN SOCIAL REALIST PHOTOGRAPHY

1936

Context

Spanish Civil War
1936 – 1939

Athlete Jesse Owens wins four gold medals at the Berlin Olympic Games

Artistic movements

PHOTOJOURNALISM

1937

Artists

The Nazi Regime removes works by Marc Chagall from German museums

Context

Pablo Picasso paints Guernica

The exhibition Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) opens in Munich

1938

Artists

Piet Mondrian travels to London and starts his Transatlantic Paintings

Marc Chagall painting The Madonna of the Village

Context

Germany occupies Austria

Wiens Gruss an den Führer nach der geschichtlichen Grosstat.
Als erste Stadt des Grossdeutschen Reiches war es der Haupstadt der Ostmark, Wien, beschieden, den Führer in ihren Mauern nach seiner geschichtlichen Grosstat zu sehen und ihn in einem unbeschreiblichen Begrüssungsjubel des Dankes der Ostmark zu versichern.
Unser Bild zeigt die Wagenkolonne des Führers bei der Einfahrt in die Wiener Innenstadt. Im Hintergrund links das Tegetthoff-Denkmal

1939

Artists

Hilde Isai
emigrates to the USA

Context

World War II
1939 – 1945

1940

Artists

Piet Mondrian
moves to New York

Marc Chagall takes refuge in the village of Gordes

Context

Government of Winston Churchill 
1940 – 1945

Vichy France
1940 – 1944

Artistic movements

ST. IVES SCHOOL

1941

Artists

Piet Mondrian starts painting New York City, 3 (unfinished)

Marc Chagall
is given refuge in the United States

Context

United States enters World War II

1942

Artists

Ben Shahn paints French Workers

Context

The Art of This Century exhibition reflects on exiled European artists

Battle of Stalingrad
1942 – 1943

1943

Context

James A. Porter publishes Modern Negro Art

Tehran Conference

Artistic movements

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM

1944

Artists

Piet Mondrian dies in New York

Ben Shahn
paints Four Piece Orchestra

Context

Charles de Gaulle leads the Provisional Government of the French Republic
1944 – 1946

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1945

Artists

Sonia Delaunay takes part in the Art Concret exhibition at the Gallerie René Drouin

Context

Atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The United Nations is founded

1946

Artists

The MoMA opens a retrospective exhibition on Marc Chagall

Context

The UNESCO is created

Greek Civil War
1946 – 1950

1947

Artists

The Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris dedicates a retrospective to Marc Chagall

Context

Marshall Plan to aid Europe

Artistic movements

SPATIALISM

1948

Context

The UN adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Artistic movements

COBRA GROUP

1949

Context

Life magazine asks of Pollock: “Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?”

NATO is created

1950

Artists

Marc Chagall
moves to the French town of Vence

Context

Stalin and Mao sign a Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance between China and the Soviet Union

1951

Context

D. Salinger publishes The Catcher in the Rye

1952

Artists

George Grosz travels to Europe for the first time after World War II

Context

Elizabeth II becomes queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

1953

Artists

Sonia Delaunay celebrates her second solo exhibition in Paris

Context

Nikita Khrushchev rises to power in the USSR
1953 – 1964

1954

Artists

Romare Bearden marries Nanette Rohan

Context

France recognises the independence of Vietnam

Ernest Hemingway receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

1955

Artists

Sonia Delaunay exhibits in New York

HyperFocal: 0
Context

Civil rights movement in the United States

The Family of Man at MoMA exhibits American documentary photography

1956

Context

Dwight D. Eisenhower is re-elected as president of the United States of America

Suez Crisis

Artistic movements

NEO-DADA

1957

Artists

The French government makes Sonia Delaunay a “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”

Context

The European Economic Community is founded

The Situationist International starts its “drift”

Artistic movements

POP ART

1958

Context

Charles de Gaulle is elected the president of the Fifth French Republic

1959

Artists

George Grosz returns to Germany and dies in Berlin

Zentralbild Stöhr Ho. 16.4.1959 Berlin: Stadtansichten von Berlin. Brandenburger Tor
Context

Triumph of the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro assumes power

AA306441
cucina
285
422
300
3367
4984
Scala di grigio
Artistic movements

HAPPENINGS AND MINIMALISM

1960

Artists

Marc Chagall receives the Erasmus Prize for his contribution to European culture

Context

John F Kennedy is elected president of the United States

Artistic movements

NOUVEAU RÉALISME

1961

Artists

Romare Bearden
founds Spiral

Context

Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human being to orbit the plane

Construction starts on the Berlin Wall

Artistic movements

FLUXUS

1962

Context

Cuban Missile Crisis

1963

Artists

Marc Chagall is commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Paris Opera

Context

Martin Luther King makes his famous speech I Have a Dream

The US president John F. Kennedy is assassinated

1964

Artists

The Louvre exhibits Sonia Delaunay’s work

Context

The Civil Rights Law is approved in the United States

Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

1965

Artists

Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza acquires his first painting by Marc Chagall, The Madonna of the Village

Context

It is Bloody Sunday in Selma (United States)

1966

Context

Indira Gandhi is elected the prime minister of India

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Glenn T. Seaborg at the dedication of Bhabha Atomic Research Center in Trombay, India in 1967. Credit the United States Information Service, Bombay, India. Laboratory Directorate

1967

Context

In the United States, Apollo 1 catches fire during a launch rehearsal

Artistic movements

ARTE POVERA

1968

Artists

Ben Shahn paints Identity

Context

Prague Spring

Assassination of Martin Luther King 

May 68 in France

1969

Artists

Romare Bearden
paints Sunday After Sermon

Ben Shahn
dies in New York

Context

Neil Armstron becomes the first human being to set foot on the Moon

Richard Nixon becomes president of the United States

Artistic movements

CONCEPTUAL ART

No to Amnesia

Four perspectives that reflect
on museums as spaces of memory and actions
with their layers and their duels.

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A Walk with Walter Benjamin is an artisanal visual proposal shot with a hand-held camera while retracing the writer’s footsteps in the mountains between Banyuls (France) and Portbou (Spain). Benjamin was an undocumented refugee who decided to commit suicide in Portbou in 1940. Today, this border remains a route for hundreds of refugees seeking a life in “Fortress Europe”.

Networks of Culture

Experiences and reflections that invite us to
think about culture as a space for the creation
of networks between people.

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We invite you to help us to create a visual and digital archive dedicated to stories of migration and hospitality. This particular album reminds us of the importance of migrants and the many ways in which, individually and collectively, they enrich the societies that receive them. We also want to give visibility to the work that cultural institutions carry out with those who migrate or have migrated across an international border or within a country.

The project

This audiovisual piece is an opportunity to learn about the framework, contents and working processes developed of numerous people who have generously shared their research, experiences and reflections on the migrant stories of the seven artists present in our museum collections.