Prof. Dr. Arnold Bartetzky

Leibniz-Institut GWZO, Leipzig. 

Arnold Bartetzky is research coordinator for art history at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig and honorary professor at the Leipzig University. His main fields of research have been architecture, urban planning and political iconography from early modern times onwards, heritage preservation and art in public space from the 19th century until present.

Dr. Marina Dmitrieva

Leibniz-Institut GWZO, Leipzig. 

Marina Dmitrieva is since 1996 researcher in Art History at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig, Germany. Her areas of research include transnational aspects in the visual culture of Central and Eastern Europe and the positions of the art history as the discipline under Socialism. The intersections with the state power and the theoretical framing of processes of art on the both sides of the Iron Curtain are fields of the project she is mostly interested in.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Tanja Zimmermann

Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Leipzig. 

Tanja Zimmermann, art historian and literary scholar, is a professor of art history with a focus on Eastern Europe at the University of Leipzig since November 2014. One of her research topics is socialist art of the “third way” in the former Yugoslavia which in the period of the Cold war did not only play a mediatory role between East and West, but advanced even to the leader of the Non-Aligned Movement. Her task in the project will be to study Yugoslav cultural theorists and art critics, who in the art of the “naïve”, searched not only for the universal source of modern art, but also offered a new identity as well as an alternative to Socialist Realism and Western abstract painting.