Roundtable session: “Modern Heritage and Subjectivity”

The architecture of modernism, which was once new and provocative, today has become an object of heritage. Yet, even in modern science-based heritage conservation, it is argued that many conservation decisions are by their nature subjective, and that taste or professional preference plays an important role. A subjective scheme of interpretation, subjective definition of modernism, and subjective approach to the unity of intention of the modern epoch are useful to constantly renew our perception of modernism. 

Subjectivity has been observed as the primary direction in the development of modern art, defining modern art as the subjective interpretation (or creation) of reality. Yet, the contemporary researcher no longer seeks to fit a unifying international-style ideal but rather seeks to reveal unique, regional, and precarious forms of modernism and to rethink the objectivity/subjectivity of modernism through his or her own subjective relationship to modernism.

This roundtable brings together authors, curators, practitioners, and artists involved in interpreting modernist heritage through exhibitions, written texts, and creative actions. Panellists from Spain, Poland, and Lithuania will explore the subjective nature of modernism, and the subjective interpretations of modernist heritages, and will discuss the rise of subjectivity in the research of modernisms.

Chair: MARIJA DRĖMAITĖ (Vilnius University)

Speakers: NICOLAS GROSPIERRE (Photographer, Poland), GRZEGORZ PIĄTEK (Researcher, Poland), LOLITA JABLONSKIENĖ (Chief Curator of National Gallery of Arts of Lithuania).