Book Launch / Edit András: Kulturní převlékání. Umění na troskách socialismu a na vrcholcích nacionalismu

The Department of Theory and History of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and the Slovak National Gallery invite you to the official book launch by the Hungarian art historian Edit András, published by the Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové. Looking forward to seeing you!



  • 21 March 2024 at 5 p.m.


On this occasion Edit András will give a public lecture titled Cover to Cover

which is an English idiom meaning to read something from beginning to end. Edit András uses it figuratively, meaning that she will present the book through possible cover designs that she discussed with the publisher. This gives a good opportunity to look into some chapters of the book in a combination of two different approaches. It will also give the audience a glimpse behind the scenes of the making of the book and the solutions to the dilemmas that arose. The lecture will focus on the development of the Hungarian cultural scene in the last two decades and present the development of Central European art in the 21st century. The lecture and discussion will be held in English and the evening will be moderated by Daniel Grúň (VŠVU) and Lucia Gregorová Stach (SNG), with the participation of GMU Director František Zachoval.

The book

is the second publication of the Central and Eastern Europe Edition, in which the Gallery of Modern Art focuses on the art history of the Central European region. The book takes the form of a translation of selected parts of Edit András’s books Kulturális átöltözés. Müvészet a szocializmus romjain (Cultural Cross-Dressing: Art on the Ruins of Socialism, 2009) and Határsértö képzelet. Kortárs müvészet és kritikai elmélet Európa keleti felén (Limits of the Imagination: Contemporary Art and Critical Theory in Eastern Europe, 2023). It offers the author’s reflections on the development of culture and the visual arts in Hungary over the last two decades. Copies of both Edit András’s current book and the first book of the imprint referred to above, Meanings of Modernism by Piotr Piotrowski, will be available to buy at a discount. 

Edit András book

Edit András (*1953)

is a Hungarian art historian and critic, a researcher at the Institute of Art History, Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, and visiting professor at the History Department of the Central European University in Vienna. She specialises in Eastern and Central European modern and contemporary art, art theory, and focuses on gender issues and social and political engagement, nationalism and post-socialist transformation.



  • The lecture is realized within the framework of the grant project KEGA 001 VŠVU - 4/2022 Contemporary Thinking about Exhibitions and Curating, within the course Curatorial Studies at the Department of Theory and History of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.