How Nordic Neue Sachlichkeit, Kulturradikalisme, Transformed Modernism into a Vernacular Avant-Garde

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If the concept of the avant-garde were to be understood in terms of styles and techniques as the more radical section of modernism, kulturradikalisme would hardly qualify. However, if kulturradikalisme is recognised as a serious challenge to the idea of art as a sacred sphere detached from everyday life, it becomes clear that it continues an earlier avant-garde position: that revolutionary art as such can change society. Artists recognised that avant-garde art did not communicate with society as long as it remained within small circles of artists and connoisseurs. Thus the priorities were reversed but not abandoned: artists should fulfil the task of providing art where it was needed while still producing modern art. How this concept was applied in Danish musical life will be the topic of this essay, using the reception in Denmark of Kurt Weill (1900–1950) as example.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries, 1925-1950
EditorsBenedikt Hjartarson, Andrea Kollnitz, Per Stounbjerg, Tania Ørum
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill | Rodopi
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9789004366794
ISBN (Electronic)9789004388291
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesA Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries
SeriesAvant-Garde Critical Studies

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