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Mondays, March 8–29, 1 – 2:30pm


Henry Moore. Shelterers in the Tube (detail), 1941. Courtesy of Tate Britain. Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee, 1946

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

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About the Class

What does it mean to leave your homeland, often unexpectedly and during unknown circumstances? How does being exiled impact arts and ideas? This course probes these questions through an examination of key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe during the Second World War. Delve into the zeitgeist, or “spirit of the times,” and trace the war’s impact on the art communities of Paris. Explore the influence of exiled Europeans on their younger American contemporaries, as well as the work of artists who stayed behind, all in a shifting superpowers of ideas.


Matthew Palczynski

Palczynski is an art history lecturer, consultant, curator, and educator for academic, corporate, and nonprofit institutions. He regularly leads sessions on innovation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, teaches art history at Tyler School of Art and the Barnes, and presents lectures worldwide for Road Scholar.