The Years of Disarray: The avant-garde art of the Central Europe on 688 pages

From 2018 the ‘Years of Disarray 1908–1928‘ exhibition has travelled throughout Central Europe. It moved from the Czech Republic to Poland, then to Slovakia and now it is in Hungary, where it journey ends at the end of March 2020. However, the best of the Central European avant-garde can be recalled by the publication of the same name, which covers the topic on an incredible 688 pages.

Like the exhibition, the twelve thematic blocks of the book follow the turning point in the history of modern and avant-garde art in Central Europe. The book provides a comprehensive insight into the cultural history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its successor states established after its disintegration in 1918. It acquaints readers with Central European avant-garde painting, sculpture, typography, photography, film and scenography using examples of the work of more than a hundred authors. It stars with expressionism (1908) and ends with abstraction (1928).


In addition to today's famous personalities such as Emil Filla, František Kupka, Max Oppenheimer, Oskar Kokoschka, László Moholy-Nagy, Władysław Strzemiński and Anton Jaszusch, attention is also paid to a large number of other artists contributing to the ferocious atmosphere of the time period. It also elaborates on more than forty magazines and collections connecting individual Central European art centres such as Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Krakow, Zagreb, Belgrade, Kosice, Lviv, Warsaw, Vilnius or Novi Sad.


The book has been worked on by an international team of more than twenty internationally respected experts, both from the successor states of Austria-Hungary and the United States, for several years. The book, containing nearly 900 images, is accompanied by medallions of artists and magazines and a comprehensive chronology.