East Art Map

The project "East Art Map - A (Re)Construction of the History of Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe" was initiated in 2001 by the Slovenian artist group Irwin. The "East Art Map" (EAM) aims at critically (re)constructing the history of art in Eastern Europe between 1945 and the present beyond ex-Socialist 'official' chronicles, national legend formation and fragmented information present in the West. The concept reads: "Every single move by an artist in Western European civilization is documented. Did you know there is no such thing in Eastern Europe? [...] This was so for decades, but it doesn't have to be like this anymore. We are planning to transform the legends and stories of the underground into a legal art history. [...] History is not given. It has to be constructed."



East Art Map Online is a tool that will lead you through the last 50 years of the history of visual arts in Eastern Europe. You will get to know 250 artists/events/projects that are considered of major importance by the 24 invited art critics, curators and artists from the different ex-socialist Central, Eastern and South-Eastern countries invited to make an initial selection for the EAM. East Art Map Online is now open for contributions by its users. You are invited to participate in the selection of the ten most important artworks or crucial art projects from every country of Eastern Europe since 1945.