After the Great War. A New Europe 1918–1923

from 4. 7. 2019 to 22. 7. 2019


The exhibition "After the Great War – A New Europe 1918–1923" is an attempt to synthesise the turbulent beginning of the interwar period. Over 200 archive and multimedia materials – pictures, maps and original films from the 1920s together with individual stories of people who lived back in these times – present a complex yet coherent picture of New Europe established in Central-East part of the continent. The main goal of the project is to illustrate the scale of political changes and show its impact on current politics as well as to present different national memories. The exhibition take place at Kamenné námestie, Bratislava. 

The exhibition takes a form of a white and silver pavilion in the shape of a cube. The viewing space is arranged on both internal and external walls of the structure. The contrast between the old and the new is built thanks to the use of two materials – rigid steel and a light, bright fabric. 

"The exhibition tackles an important event a century later and makes the case for why it is important for understanding not only Second World War but also East-Central Europe today." Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett New York University, consultant of the exhibition 

"The exhibition's authors' biggest success is presenting the effects of the Great War in all possible aspects: material, economic, mental, social or cultural, including art and architecture. One of the strengths of the project is the comparative approach which allows us to see processes going on in one country or region as universal and to better understand what really happened back then." Prof. Andrzej Chwalba Jagiellonian University, member of the academic council of the exhibition 

"The exhibition describes the creation of new nation-states, the challenge posed by the Bolshevik revolution, the transformation to new democracies, decision-making at the Paris Peace Conference, the social and economic consequences of the war and reconstruction, and multiple memories of victory and defeat. This is a rare and needed perspective, not only for the public, but also for scholars, especially in the Western part of the continent." prof. Arnold Suppan professor of East European History at the University of Vienna, member of the academic council of the exhibition 

The European Network Remembrance and Solidarity  

The European Network Remembrance and Solidarity is an international initiative which focuses on researching, documenting and disseminating knowledge about Europe's 20th-century history and ways it is commemorated with a special focus on periods of dictatorships, wars and social opposition towards captivity. The Network's members are Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, while its advisory assemblies additionally involve representatives of Austria, Albania, the Czech Republic and Latvia. More 

 

Exhibition curators:  
Dr Bartosz Dziewanowski-Stefańczyk (ENRS), Dr Robert Żurek  

In cooperation with: 
Dr Ewelina Szpak (ENRS), Antoni Zakrzewski (ENRS), as well as Dr Florin Abraham, Dr Rasa Balockaite, Prof. Amra Čusto, Dr Oksana Dudko, Toomas Hiio, Dr Aliaksei Lastouski, Prof. Diana Mishkova, Dr Burkhard Olschowsky, Dr Andi Pinari, Dr Aldis Purs, Dr Emilia Salvanou, Dr Tuomas Tepora, Dr Oldřich Tůma, Prof. Matthias Weber, Dr Tobias Weger 

Academic Council of the exhibition:  
Prof. Andrzej Chwalba (Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland), 
Prof. Robert Gerwarth (UCD Centre for War Studies in Dublin, Ireland),
Prof. Piotr Juszkiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland), 
Prof. Dušan Kováč (Slovak Academy of Sciences), 
Prof. Jan Rydel (University of Cracow, ENRS Steering Committee, Poland), 
Prof. Marcela Sălăgean (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania), 
Prof. Arnold Suppan (University of Vienna, Austria), 
Prof. László Szarka (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), 
Prof. Jay M. Winter (Yale University, USA) 

Consultations: Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Prof. Andrzej Nowak 

With the support of: Aniko Katona, Dr Zdenko Maršálek, Stefan Schubert, Ruta Valaityte, Madeleine Hartmann 

Academic Council of the ENRS: 
Prof. Attila Pók, Prof. Peter Haslinger, Prof. Constantin Hlihor, Viliam Jablonický, Prof. Csaba Gy. Kiss, prof. Róbert Letz, Prof. Andrzej Nowak, Prof. Dariusz Stola, acad. Răzvan Theodorescu, Prof. Stefan Troebst, Dr Oldřich Tůma