Dada and Futurism in Finland

Lecture | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Nikolai Sadik-Ogli

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

By the time that Finland achieved independence in 1917, the European art world had been shaken by a number of radically avant-garde movements. Among the most extreme of these were Futurism, which was founded in 1909 by Italian artists but also fostered many aesthetic connections with similar movements in Russia, and Dada, which was started in 1916 and adopted many of the multimedia and provocative performance-oriented innovations and tactics of Futurism. Since Finland represented a peripheral and mostly rural country, Finnish artists had always followed and gone to continental Europe for training, but the country’s newly-found independence fostered a conservative and nationalistic cultural climate that caused an uneasy reaction to these modernistic movements. This talk will explore the interplay of Dada and Futurist influences on Finnish art criticism, painting, sculpture, literature, and other arts during the time before World War II.

Nikolai Sadik-Ogli is a contributing editor to the on-line cultural journal Mustekala., 510-643-4558