'Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia' emphasises the strong narrative aspect of Eastern European art, relating the history of and stories from the countries of Eastern Europe. There are stories that reveal an engagement with the past or a vision of the future; all are characterised by a reflection on how history is constructed and modified. Who is telling the narratives? How is time shaped? It counts for the past as well as for the future. ‘Nostalgia’, as Svetlana Boym analyses in "The Future of Nostalgia" is a symptom of our age. It may seem retrospective, but "the fantasies of the past, determined by the needs of the present, have a direct impact on the realities of the future".
A public programme featuring expert lectures, a music performance and artist talks will accompany the exhibition.
Curated by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher in collaboration with the MNAC.