METROMOD marks out a unique and unconventional map of life and work in exile metropolises in the first half of the 20th century: New York, Buenos Aires, London, Istanbul, Bombay (now Mumbai) and Shanghai. The project refers to urban topographies, inner-city districts, outlying suburbs and streets, to places where interactions took place, but also to the venues used for exhibitions and collaborative projects.


Refugee Artists, Architects and Intellectuals Beyond Europe in the 1930s and 1940s: Experiences of Exile in Istanbul and Bombay

Bombay’s Spaces of Sociability:
Exile, Migration and Contact Zones

On the 3rd and 4th of  July, METROMOD relocated for a two-day international workshop at the German Centre for Art History in Paris (DFK Paris). Seeking to explore geographical areas other than those that constitute our ERC project, METROMOD organized this event in partnership with the DFK Paris on the exile of artists and intellectuals in French cities, and extended its timelines throughout the 20th century to allow broader comparative analyses and work on theoretical and methodological issues.

International Workshop of the ERC Research Project Relocating Modernism: Global Metropolises, Modern Art and Exile (METROMOD)

MUNTREF-Museum of Immigration and Center for Contemporary Art

To find out more about David Ludwig Bloch I went to Berlin to see the Alfred-Dreifuß-Archive which is located at the Akademie der Künste.



Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, 14.05. – 04.06.2019

Modern Times
New Perspectives on Modern Art and the Canon of Art History

Tuesdays, 19 o’clock
Georg-Knorr-Saal, Lenbachhaus


My discovery tour through New York continued on a sunny Saturday in August [read part 1 here]. I got up very early to get the first ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. On various blogs as well as on the homepage of the Statue Cruises it was advised to go to the islands as early as possible in the summer months in order to avoid long waiting times.

The spring issue of „Fotogeschichte“ has just been published. It was edited by Burcu Dogramaci and Helene Roth.

Following the footsteps of the exiled artists Hilde Holger and Charles Petras to the Queen’s Group of Friends

Vienna > Bombay > London. An expressionist dancer’s route through exile.

A network of artists and intellectuals meets in Victoria Ocampo’s country house

A narrative of two contrasting hotels juxtaposed in Bombay emerges at the Tata Central Archives.

We are offering a three-year PhD position starting in June 2019 at the earliest

Deadline: 15 April 2019
Place: Paris, Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte…

Two thoroughly productive and enjoyable days spent discussing the nexus of displacement, artistic production and urban environments with scholars from around the world.

In March and April 2018, I spent four weeks in Mumbai doing archival work for my Metromod research project “Bombay Modern”. Similarly to many of the important places of the art scene I am

In September, I made my first research trip to New York. As well as spending time in

The IIAC Archive: An important institution for research in Buenos Aires. Last summer, I spent four weeks in Buenos Aires, the city in which I am focusing my research.