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Kreativität und Migration: Anpassung und Ambiguität im Œuvre des russlanddeutschen Künstlers Georg Schlicht (1886-1964)

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The phrase “German by passport, Russian by heart” summarizes, but at the same time simplifies the complex artistic legacy of Georg Schlicht. Schlicht was born into a family of Volga Germans, brought up in Saratov and educated in Moscow, but was forced to leave Russia in the aftermath of the 1917 upheavals. His creativity reflects the ideological twists and turns of his lifetime and his legacy mirrors his belonging in the sense of his whereabouts in Germany, the land of his fathers, and the longing for his spiritual home in Tsarist Russia, a country that had ceased to exist.
The aesthetic dichotomy of his oeuvre is the theme of this volume, in which an international team of researchers from the UK, Germany, Russia, Belarus and the Netherlands have undertaken, for the first time, to chart and illuminate the various stations of Schlicht’s life and art – an existence that swayed between his Russia motherland and his German fatherland.
Rather than applying the (received) reflectionalist model of the relationship between history and culture, they argue in favour of categories such as settlement and mobility, appreciation and neglect, positioning and ambiguity as three modes characteristic of the artistic legacy of migrating people and ideologies.
Translated title of the contributionMigration and Creativity: Positioning and Ambiguity in the Oeuvre of the Russian-German Artist Georg Schlicht (1886-1964)
Original languageGerman
Place of PublicationBamberg
PublisherUniversity of Bamberg Press
Number of pages280
Publication statusAccepted for publication - Apr 2021

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