Sites of Interchange

Modernism, Politics and Culture between Britain and Germany, 1919–1955

by Lucy Wasensteiner (Volume editor)
Edited Collection XXII, 314 Pages
Series: German Visual Culture, Volume 8


Early twentieth-century Germany was a site of extremes, in which cultural production was entangled in the swiftly changing political and economic landscape. Radical utopias and pragmatic solutions for life and culture were proposed, modernism embraced and dramatically rejected. Britain in the same period can seem comparatively stable, a nation wedded to established cultural forms in the face of social change. Yet throughout the period, there remained a lively interchange between the two countries. This collection of essays, by scholars working between Britain and Germany, elsewhere in Europe and in North America, looks anew at the complicated cultural relationship between Britain and Germany in the years between 1919 and 1955. It sets out to explore the connections between the two countries during this time in the fields of fine art and arts institutions, architecture, design and craft, photography, art history and criticism. It explores how practitioners in the two countries learned from and influenced each other, seeking to highlight the relevance of these interchanges today.


XXII, 314
ISBN (Hardcover)
German modernism UK-German Exchange German culture Sites of Interchange Lucy Wasensteiner
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2022. XXII, 314 pp., 24 fig. col., 53 fig. b/w.

Biographical notes

Lucy Wasensteiner (Volume editor)

Lucy Wasensteiner studied law at the universities of Bristol and Oxford and holds a PhD in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her research focuses on modern art in Germanspeaking Europe from 1871, National Socialist cultural policy and its international implications and provenance research. She was previously an associate lecturer at the Courtauld Institute and a lecturer at the University of Bonn in the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Centre for Provenance Research, Art and Cultural Heritage Law. She is currently director of the Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee in Berlin.


Title: Sites of Interchange