Nordic-Romanian connections: a case study of the transnational dimensions of 'national' art

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Abstract

This chapter explores points of connection between Nordic design and Romanian debates around ‘national’ art at the turn of the century. From the 1870s onwards, there is evidence of Romania looking to Nordic models at World’s Fairs for ideas about education and pa- vilion design. By the first decade of the twentieth century, discussion of Nordic initiatives for the protection, promotion and renewal of folk art featured frequently in Romanian discourses around the development of a modern language of decorative art, leading to study trips, exchanges and even isolated experiments with neo-Nordic interiors and furniture design. These points of connection show how Romanians used discussion of Nordic ini- tiatives to drive debates around their own art and attempt to circumvent the challenges of perceived ‘belatedness’ or ‘borrowing’ brought by the rapid arrival of Western art forms in the nineteenth century. It was a fruitful exchange, demonstrating how problematic centre–periphery models of art could be successfully mediated by less hierarchical, but equally important, networks of transcultural interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic design in translation
Subtitle of host publicationthe circulation of objects, ideas and practices
EditorsCharlotte Ashby, Shona Kallestrup
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPeter Lang
Chapter2
Pages45–74
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781800792906
ISBN (Print)9781800792890
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

Publication series

NameInternationalism and the arts
Volume3
ISSN (Print)2235-0160

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