Publication date: 14.02.2015
Dr. Marius Turda, Modernism and Eugenic Visions of Human Improvement, Progress and Hygiene conference, Zachęta, 14.02.2015
The conference closed the exhibition of the same name presented in Zachęta from 29th November 2014, gathering, summarising and broadening the themes presented in the exhibition.
In the various presentations there were raised themes dealing with diverse aspects of modernism, the history of eugenics, the means by which laws are adopted and the consequences of implementing the idea of progress in today’s world.
29.11.2014 – 15.02.2015Progress and Hygiene
The exhibition presented in Zachęta, “Progress and Hygiene”, is devoted to the pitfalls of modernization in the context of the idealistic faith in progress and the possibilities of “betterment” common to both art and science at the beginning of the 20th century. It was conceived as an essay which critically analyses such phenomena as genetic engineering, eugenics or research into the purity of races, also drawing attention to their continued impact on today’s world.Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtZachęta