Reconstructing the histories of modernism and animation: José de Almada Negreiros' artistic appropriations and discourse on animation

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Abstract

Can we reconstruct history by simply changing our objects, materials, geographies and models of time? Or can a reconstruction come out as a critical revision of historiographical debates, by confronting canonical narratives with peripheral ones?
Drawing from current art historical debates on world art history and the centre/periphery dichotomy, this article crosses the historiographies of animation and modernism. The Portuguese modern artist José de Almada Negreiros, who dialogued implicitly and explicitly with animation and pre-cinema devices, enables a transnational approach to the history animation. Furthermore, the artist puts at work art historiographical concerns with peripheries, circulation and appropriation. Ultimately, the reassessment of Almada’s talk on Disney leads to an unprecedent research on the reception of animation in Portugal in the late 1930s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalAnimation-An Interdisciplinary Journal
Publication statusSubmitted - 2020

Keywords

  • historiography
  • animation
  • modernism
  • José de Almada Negreiros
  • discourse

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