Arrival Cities

Migrating Artists and New Metropolitan Topographies in the 20th Century

Edited by Burcu Dogramaci, Mareike Hetschold, Laura Karp Lugo, Rachel Lee, and Helene Roth

Regular price €0.00 Sale

Edited volume - free ebook - ePUB

VIEW Edited volume - paperback VIEW Edited volume - free ebook - PDF
The impact of migrating artists on modern art
Exile and migration played a critical role in the diffusion and development of modernism around the globe, yet have remained largely understudied phenomena within art historiography. Focusing on the intersections of exile, artistic practice, and urban space, this volume brings together contributions by international researchers committed to revising the historiography of modern art. It pays particular attention to metropolitan areas that were settled by migrant artists in the first half of the 20th century. These arrival cities became hubs of artistic activities and transcultural contact zones where ideas circulated, collaborations emerged, and concepts developed. Taking six major cities as a starting point — Bombay (now Mumbai), Buenos Aires, Istanbul, London, New York, and Shanghai — the authors explore how urban topographies and landscapes were modified by exiled artists re-establishing their practices in these and other metropolises across the world. Questioning the established canon of Western modernism, Arrival Cities investigates how the migration of artists to different urban spaces impacted their work and the historiography of art. In doing so, it aims to encourage the discussion between scholars from different research fields, such as exile studies, art history, architectural history, design history, urban studies, and history.

Contributors: Brian Bockelman (Ripon College), Laura Bohnenblust (Universität Bern), Margarida Brito Alves (IHA-FCSH / Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Rafael Cardoso (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro), Katarzyna Cytlak (Centro de Estudios de los Mundos Eslavos y Chinos-Universidad Nacional de San Martín), Rachel Dickson (Ben Uri Gallery and Museum), Burcu Dogramaci (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), Margit Franz (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), Ya'ara Gil-Glazer (Tel-Hai Academic College), Mareike Hetschold (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), Frauke Josenhans (Yale University Art Gallery), Daniela Kern (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul), Laura Karp Lugo (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), Eduard Kögel (Independent scholar, Berlin), Giulia Lamoni (IHA-FCSH / Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Rachel Lee (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), Sarah MacDougall (Ben Uri Gallery and Museum), Kathryn Milligan (University College Dublin), Partha Mitter (University of Sussex), Helene Roth (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), Elana Shapira (Universität für Angewandte Kunst), Cristiana Tejo (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Joseph L. Underwood (Kent State University), Elvan Zabunyan (Université Rennes 2)

For more information visit

Ebook available in Open Access.
This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Arrival Cities: Migrating Artists and New Metropolitan Topographies in the 20th Century – An Introduction
Burcu Dogramaci, Mareike Hetschold, Laura Karp Lugo, Rachel Lee, Helene Roth

Groups and Networks

Alone Together: Exile Sociability and Artistic Networks in Buenos Aires at the Beginning of the 20th Century
Laura Karp Lugo

A Great Anti-Hero of Modern Art History: Juan Aebi in Buenos Aires
Laura Bohnenblust

From Dinner Parties to Galleries: The Langhammer-Leyden-Schlesinger Circle in Bombay – 1940s through the 1950s
Margit Franz

Austro-Hungarian Architect Networks in Tianjin and Shanghai (1918–1952)
Eduard Kogel

Art and Exile in Rio de Janeiro: Artistic Networking during World War II
Cristiana Tejo and Daniela Kern

Kiesler’s Imaging Exile in Guggenheim’s Art of this Century Gallery and the New York Avant-garde Scene in the early 1940s
Elana Shapira

Mobility, Transfer and Circulation

Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin in Calcutta: The Creation of a Regional Asian Avant-garde Art
Partha Mitter

Parisian Echoes: Iba N’Diaye and African Modernisms
Joseph L. Underwood

The Margin as a Space of Connection: The Artists Mira Schendel, Salette Tavares and Amelia Toledo in Lisbon
Margarida Brito Alves and Giulia Lamoni

Exile and the Reinvention of Modernism in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, 1937–1964
Rafael Cardoso

Arrival City Istanbul: Flight, Modernity and Metropolis at the Bosporus. With an Excursus on the Island Exile of Leon Trotsky
Burcu Dogramaci

Sites, Spaces and Urban Representations

Mapping Finchleystrasse: Mitteleuropa in North West London
Rachel Dickson and Sarah MacDougall

Hospitable Environments: The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and Green’s Hotel as Sites of Cultural Production in Bombay
Rachel Lee

Tales of a City: Urban Encounters in the Travel Book Shanghai by Ellen Thorbecke and Friedrich Schiff
Mareike Hetschold

The Bar Sammy’s Bowery Follies as Microcosm and Photographic Milieu Study for Emigrated European Photographers in 1930s and 1940s New York
Helene Roth

Changing Practices: Interventions in Artistic Landscapes

Temporary Exile: The White Stag Group in Dublin, 1939–1946
Kathryn Milligan

Inner City Solidarity: Black Protest in the Eyes of the Jewish New York Photo League 335
Ya’ara Gil–Glazer

Bohemians, Anarchists, and Arrabales: How Spanish Graphic Artists Reinvented the Visual Landscape of Buenos Aires, 1880–1920
Brian Bockelman

The City of Plovdiv as a New Latin American Metropolis: The Artistic Activity of Latin American Exiles in Communist Bulgaria
Katarzyna Cytlak

Hedda Sterne and the Lure of New York
Frauke V. Josenhans

Arrival Cities: A Roundtable

Arrival Cities: A Conversation with Rafael Cardoso, Partha Mitter, Elana Shapira and Elvan Zabunyan
Laura Karp Lugo and Rachel Lee

Biographies of the Authors


Format: Edited volume - free ebook - ePUB

438 pages

56 b/w images, 45 colour images

ISBN: 9789461663252

Publication: September 25, 2020

Languages: English


Burcu Dogramaci is professor of Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. In 2016 she was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for the ERC project “Relocating Modernism: Global Metropolises, Modern Art and Exile (METROMOD)”.
Helene Roth (PhD candidate) is part of the METROMOD research team.
Laura Karp Lugo (postdoctoral researcher) is part of the METROMOD research team.
Mareike Hetschold (PhD candidate) is part of the METROMOD research team.
Rachel Lee (postdoctoral researcher) is part of the METROMOD research team.
A merit of this volume is that it accomplishes its aim of covering a truly global range of what journalist Doug Saunders once termed ‘arrival cities’, all the way from Buenos Aires to Shanghai. In four sections, the reader encounters a wealth of understudied actors, locations and spaces [...] The second and third sections include some of the volume’s most thorough and,
at times, original contributions on how artists interacted with their arrival cities. [...] a valuable contribution to scholarship on displaced artists, because it adopts both a global and urban perspective.
Matisse Huiskens, Urban History , Volume 48 , Issue 3 , August 2021 , pp. 602 - 603, DOI: