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Art, Art History & Museum Studies: Eastern European Art

A guide for resources in art, art history, and museum studies

Overview of Eastern European Art

Some Recommended Authors

These authors (and the listed books) are recommended reading in your syllabus. You may wish to search for additional monographs by doing an author search in the catalog. Additionally, be on the lookout for journal articles authored by these scholars.

Alison Hilton, “Russian Art 1700-1930" in The George Riabov Collection of Russian Art, 1994

Stefan Muthesius, Art, Architecture and Design in Poland, 966-1990, 1994

John E. Bowlt, Russian Art of the Avant-garde: Theory and Criticism, 1976

Steven Mansbach, Modern Art in Eastern Europe: from the Baltic to the Balkans, 1890-1939, 1998

Judit Szabadi, Art Nouveau in Hungary: Painting, Sculpture and the Graphic Arts, Corvina, 1989

Camilla Gray, The Russian Experiment in Art, 1986

Norton Dodge and Alla Rosenfeld, eds.  Non-Conformist Art: the Soviet Experience, 1995

M. C. Bown, Contemporary Russian Art, 1989

L. Hauptman, et al., Beyond Belief: Contemporary Art from East Central Europe, exh cat, Chicago MoCA, 1995

Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe, 2010

Museum Websites

University Slavic Resources

Resources from the syllabus

Museums and other resources in the US, UK, & Western Europe:


Library of Congress, Prokhudin-Gorskii Photographs:

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers:

Museum of Russian Art (MORA), Jersey City, NJ:

The Ukrainian Museum, New York (222 E 6th St.):

​Mead Art Museum, Amherst College:

The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis:

Institute of Modern Russian Culture (Blue Lagoon) Los Angeles:

Kolodzei Art Foundation:

Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre:


Eastern Europe:


Art Margins Online (current articles with strong focus on central and Eastern Europe):

Contemporary East Europe (website, not a museum):

Parallel Chronologies archive of exhibitions in East Europe (and Russia):

Imre Kertesz Kolleg Jena – Cultures of History Forum (focus on East Europe, Balkans) 

Art Museum of Estonia   

Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga

Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius

National Museum in Warsaw 

National Museum in Krakow:

Center for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw:

Zacheta Contemporary Art Museum, Warsaw:

National Museum in Poznan:

Hungarian National Museum, Budapest:

Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, Zagreb:

Ivan Mestrovic Museums, Croatia:

Modern Art Gallery, Ljubljana:



​Portal to Museums in Russia and former SU (Muzei Rossii):

State Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow:

National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow:

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow:

Russian Museum, St. Petersburg:

National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg (web exhibitions):

Azerbaijan State Museum of Art: of art_en.php

Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan:

Georgian National Museum:

Savitsky-Karakalpakstan Musem, Nukus, Uzbekistan:

Erarta--the largest private collection of contemporary art in Russia

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