Smart Talks

The Artist as/and an Entrepreneur

23. 03. 2022
Knihovna Hanse Beltinga
Erin Dusza/ Christian Drobe

Christian Drobe: Rudolf Wacker: Entrepreneurship and the Myth of  the Precarious Artist

After returning from captivity in Siberia in 1920, the Austrian artist Rudolf Wacker fought tirelessly for his success on the art market. The metropolises of Berlin and Vienna brought less success than his home in Bregenz on Lake Constance, where local collectors and patrons supported him. Wacker’s self-chosen role of the precarious artist helped to legitimise this strategy, but could not hide his entrepreneurship, which remained versatile and often oriented towards the centres of the art market.

Christian Drobe is a Research Fellow at the Art History Department at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He studied Art History, German literature and History at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. His research focusses on figurative painting, New Objectivity, art during the Nazi reign and the conservative branches of modernism. He published about artists such as Emil Nolde, Rudolf Schlichter, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, or Magic Realism. His dissertation project on the reception of classicism in German modernism was published in 2022 (Verdächtige Ambivalenz. Klassizismus in der Moderne 1920–1960). Recent interests have been representations of youth, masculinity and other strands of traditional imagery in Austrian, Hungarian and Czech art.

Erin Dusza: Patronage and Prominence behind Alphons Mucha

„Patronage and Prominence behind Alphons Mucha“ takes a deep dive behind the scenes of the Czech art nouveau artist, Alphons Mucha’s biography. Well known for his posters of girls in flowers, this paper explores the role of his professional connections, luck, and sheer determination in the ups and downs of the artist’s career.

Erin Dusza is a PhD Candidate in Art History at Indiana University and currently here at Masaryk University on a Fulbright research grant working on her dissertation on Romantic Nationalism and nostalgia in Czech Art.