A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1900-1925

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A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1900-1925 is the first publication to deal with the avant-garde in the Nordic countries at the start of the twentieth century. The essays cover a wide range of avant-garde manifestations in arts and culture: literature, the visual arts, painting as well as photography, architecture and design, film, radio, and performing arts like music, theatre and dance.
It is the first major historical work to consider the Nordic avant-garde in a transnational perspective which includes all the arts and to discuss the role of the avant-garde not only within the aesthetic field, but in a broader cultural context. It examines the social and cultural context of the avant-garde: its media, its locations, its reception and audiences, the transmissions between Scandinavia and Europe, and its cultural consequences.
The essays trace the connections between the avant-garde and the cultural discourses of contemporary currents such as revolutionary socialism, radical nationalism and occultism, and discuss questions of gender, ideology and politics, geographical location and technological innovation. The cultural history thus focuses on the role of the avant-garde in shaping the ideas of cultural modernity in the Nordic countries.
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"With The Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1900-1925, the Nordic Network for Avant-garde studies has presented a generally impressive first volume of a cultural history of the avant-garde in Northern Europe on which continuation we will wait with excitement. We really wish for both the network and the publisher that they will have the necessary long breath to bring cultural history of northern European avant-garde to its end."
By Stephan Michael Schröder (Köln), Nordeuropaforum, 2014 pp. 42-46.
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Table of contents

Preface
Introduction
Hubert van den Berg: The Early Twentieth Century Avant-Garde and the Nordic Countries – An Introductory tour d’horizon
Nordic Icons in the European Avant-Gardes
Per Stounbjerg: Rebels and Renegades – Strindberg, Artaud and the Avant-Garde
Erik Mørstad: Munch’s Impact on Europe
Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen: Die Asta and the Avant-Garde
Geert Buelens: “the manifold in one/and the one manifold” – Asta Nielsen as an Icon for the European Avant-Garde
Nordic Artists in the European Metropolises
Frank Claustrat: Nordic Writers and Artists in Paris before, during and after World War I
Shulamith Behr: Académie Matisse and its Relevance in the Life and Work of Sigrid Hjertén
Frank Claustrat: Jean Börlin and Les Ballets Suédois
Gertrude Cepl-Kaufmann and Anne M. N. Sokoll: “From the North comes the light to us!” – Scandinavian Artists in Friedrichshagen at the Turn of the Century
Jan Torsten Ahlstrand: Berlin and the Swedish Avant-Garde – GAN, Nell Walden, Viking Eggeling, Axel Olson and Bengt Österblom
Hubert van den Berg and Benedikt Hjartarson: Icelandic Artists in the Network of the European Avant-Garde – The Cases of Jón Stefánsson and Finnur Jónsson
Locations of the Nordic Avant-Garde
Sven-Olov Wallenstein: The Avant-Garde and the Market
Andrea Kollnitz: Promoting the Young – Interactions between the Avant-Garde and the Swedish Art Market 1910-1925
Vibeke Petersen: The Avant-Garde and the Danish Art Market
Dorthe Aagesen: Art Metropolis for a Day – Copenhagen during World War I
Margareta Tillberg: Kandinsky in Sweden – Malmö 1914 and Stockholm 1916
Stefan Nygård: The National and the International in Ultra (1922) and Quosego (1928)
Natalia Baschmakoff: Avant-Garde Encounters on Karelian Bedrock (1890s-1930s)
Øivind Storm Bjerke: The Pavilion of De 14
Claes-Göran Holmberg: flamman
Bjarne S. Bendtsen: Copenhagen Swordplay – Avant-Garde Manoeuvres and the Aesthetics of War in the Art Magazine Klingen (1917-1920)
Torben Jelsbak: Dada Copenhagen
Transmission, Appropriations and Responses
Claes-Göran Holmberg: The Reception of the Early European Avant-Gardes in Sweden
Rikard Schönström: Pär Lagerkvist’s Literary Art and Pictorial Art
Fredrik Hertzberg, Vesa Haapala and Janna Kantola: The Finland-Swedish Avant-Garde Moments
Per Stounbjerg and Torben Jelsbak: Danish Expressionism
Lennart Gottlieb: Avant-Gardism Danish Style – Jais Nielsen as a Modern Genre Painter 1916-18
Kristín G. Guðnadóttir: Jóhannes Kjarval’s Appropriation of Progressive Attitudes in Painting between 1917 and 1920
Andreas Engström: The Modern Breakthrough in Swedish and Scandinavian Art Music
Karen Vedel: Dancing across Copenhagen
Politics, Ideology, Discourse
Torben Jelsbak: Avant-Garde Activism – The Case of the New Student Society in Copenhagen (1922-24)
Timo Huusko: Finnish Nationalism and the Avant-Garde
Julia Tidigs: Multilingualism and (De)territorialisation in the Works of Elmer Diktonius
Anna Maria Bernitz: Hilma af Klint and the New Art of Seeing
Thomas Henrikson: Art as a Revolutionary Dionysian Jaguar – Otto Ville Kuusinen, Elmer Diktonius and the Emergence of Avant-Garde Poetry in Finland
Benedikt Hjartarson: The Early Avant-Garde in Iceland
Epilogue
Legacies of the Early Nordic Avant-Gardes
Abstracts
Index