Art and Politics: The Migration of Images and Ideas between Weimar Republic and Interwar Lithuania (summary)

Gabrielė Radzevičiūtė (PDF)

The article analyses the migration of works and ideas by left-wing artists from the Weimar Republic into the Lithuanian art scene between the wars. This perspective offers a deeper insight into the development of socially and politically engaged art in Lithuania, linked to the legacy of the young generation of leftist graphic artists who emerged in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The article examines the main ways and reasons for the dissemination of the creative legacy of leftist German artists, to highlight the complexity of this phenomenon and its problematic reception in the Lithuanian art field of the interwar period. By analysing the works of various Lithuanian leftist graphic artists, the aim is to show which artists and ideas were most widespread and how this correlated with the cultural, social, economic, and political changes in society at the time. It is equally important to highlight the problems of the dissemination of agitational art by leftist German artists in the Lithuanian art scene, focusing on its influence on the expression of socially engaged art and Soviet propaganda in Lithuania.

Key words: left-wing artists, interwar Lithuania, Weimar Republic, social criticism, Soviet propaganda