Question: What do we know about colonial modern art and its use as propaganda? By "colonial modern art" I mean art produced in colonies in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, in contexts shaped by art organizations, exhibitions and movements modeled on those in the colonizers' country, in which both colonized and colonizer artists participated. For more details, see my post on Dead Voles.

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Don't know whether to include it or not. This isn't a rhetorical question about stuff I already know.

Following the Meiji Restoration, the new government of the Japanese Empire set out to modernize Japan. As part of that effort Japan adopted what were seen as best models from the West. The new army was modeled on the German army; the new Navy was modeled on the British navy; the new legal system was modeled on French law. Since Paris was the epicenter of "modern" art, Japanese equivalents of the French Academy and Salon D'Automne were created. These were, then, imitated in Taiwan (I suspect also Korea, but I haven't translated that paper yet). Colonial artists pursuing careers in "modern art," which here means something more like French academicism than the French avant-garde, were involved in a tiered structure whose apex was the Inten (the official Japanese equivalent of the Salon D'Automne) in Tokyo. Pursuing a successful career would, thus, inevitably involve a lot of what would be seen as collaboration when Taiwan was returned to China (and, I suspect, Korea regained its independence).

My question has to do with whether a similar set of institutions affected the relationship of colonial to metropolitan art in other empires. Never heard of any other examples, but that could just be my being ignorant. Thus, the question.

NIKOS GOUSGOUNIS said:
Do you include Dominions also in the colonies ? As a Dominion , Egypt for example reflects since 1900 till 1956 ( Naser's nationalisation of foreign properties) European culture ( mostly French, Italian and Greek but also British ) as a mirror.
Plus , in Egypt some of major British authors such as Forster and Laurence Durell. wrote some of their major works.

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