Art – architecture
FaVU-UA-LAcad. year: 2018/2019
A survey of the last 50 years in the Czech and international art, which finds itself in a close relationship to architecture. Many artists have been recently turning towards architecture and using it as a (resource) material: they explore history of architecture, revisit avant-garde utopian thinking, comment on social frameworks, directly replace the architect or work with one of the key elements of architecture – with space.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students will get a deeper knowledge of the developments of relationships between art and architecture in the 2nd half of the 20th century. Students will orient themselves in the important artworks and exhibition projects that reflect architecture or regard it as its motif / content (both in the Czech and international art).
A moderate knowledge of the history of art and architecture in the 2nd half of the 20th century.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Jane Rendell, Art and architecture. A place between, London – New York: I. B. Tauris, 2006.
Jes Fernie (ed.), Two Minds: Artists and Architects in Collaboration, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2006.
Anthony Kiendl, Informal Architectures. Space and Contemporary Culture, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2008.
Hal Foster, The Art-architecture complex, London – New York: Verso, 2011.
Sylvia Lavin, Kissing Architecture, Princeton University Press, 2011.
Yve-Alain Bois – Benjamin H. D. Buchloh – Hal Foster – Rossalind Krauss, Umění po roce 1900. Modernismus, antimodernismus, postmodernismus, Praha: Slovart, 2007.
Rostislav Švácha – Marie Platovská (eds.), Dějiny českého výtvarného umění VI (1958 – 2000), I. a II. díl, Praha: Academia, 2007.
Karel Císař (ed.), Stav věcí. Sochy v ulicích III, Brno: Dům umění města Brna, 2011.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Language of instruction
1. A relationship between art and architecture in the 1st half of the 20th century (Le Corbusier, Kurt Schwitters, De Stijl, Kazimir Malevič, Sowiet constructivists, Friedrich Kiesler, surrealist exhibitions) and its later consequences.
2. Independent group (UK) and This Is Tomorrow (1956) exhibition. A discussion on the ideal synthesis between art and architecture (Herbert Read, Sigfried Giedion et al.).
3. Minimalism in the USA (esp. R. Morris, D. Flavin, W. de Maria) and its influence on the architecture (Jacques Herzog a Pierre de Meuron).
4. Richard Serra, Dan Graham, Gordon Matta-Clark. Other examples of the site-specific art (Robert Smithson, Christo ad.).
5. A synthesis of the art and architecture in the Czech art of the 1960s. Expo 58 – Expo 67 – Expo 70. Czechoslovakian pavilions as Gesamtkunstwerk: a change in the collaboration between artists and architects.
6. From the exhibition Realisation (1961) towards the exhibition Sculpture and City (1969). Art in architecture in the 1960s and in the “normalisation” period.
7. Utopian visions in architecture (Buckminster Fuller, Archigram, Japanese metabolists) and their influence on the Czech art (Karel Malich, Václav Cígler et al.).
8. A theory of post-modern architecture and how has it been applied on the Czech art (Jiří Ševčík). Symposia of artists and architects. The exhibitions Urbanity and Painted Architecture. Architectural proposals by Milan Knížák.
9. The key figures of the 1990s: Rachel Whiteread, Absalon, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Marjetica Potrč, Pipilotti Rist et al.
10. Stanislav Kolíbal – Jiří Příhoda – Dominik Lang. How the work with space developed n the Czech art since the 1960s. Czech artists who explored a theme of architecture: Petr Kvíčala, Federico Díaz, Michal Škoda. The exhibitions Artwork in the Public Space (1997/1998) and ArtCHITECTURE (2002).
11. Artists within architecture: decorators or the partners? Some models of collaboration: Ai WeiWei a Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron, Projektil architekti a PAS et al.
12. Blocks of flats as the motif (Josef Bolf, David Možný, Ládví, Kateřina Šedá, Tomáš Džadoň ). Architecture and re-evaluating of the “ruins of the past” (Zbyněk Baladrán, Ján Mančuška, Barbora Klímová, Dominik Lang). Space and architecture in sculpture, painting and videoart (Jan Pfeiffer, Daniel Pitín, Isabela Grosseová, Pavla Sceranková ad.). The exhibition Shadows of the former utopias (2011).
13. Art-architecture complex in theory (hal Foster, Sylvia Lavin) and in contemporary (international) art.
The aim of the course is to identify contemporary tendencies in the field of relationships between art and architecture, and to uncover developments that inform today's situation in the field. Another aim of the course is to create an overview of the actual forms of collaborations between artists and architects.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Compulsory attendance (3 absences allowed).
Classification of course in study plans
- Programme Master's
branch AGD1 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AGD2 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch APD , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AS2 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AKG , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AM1 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AM3 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AS1 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AM2 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch APE , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AEN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AIN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch ATD , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AVI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional
branch AMU , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, optional