Course detail

Contemporary Czech and International Art

FAVU-1CSUAcad. year: 2018/2019

A survey course about the chief tendencies in art after 1990. The overview of international art will be selective. The main focus of the lectures will be that on Czech art in wider context (the fall of the Iron curtain, the strengthening of globalization tendencies). Czech art will be also explored from the point of view of the local art institution developmnet (the relationship of Prague vs the regions, some important curators, gallery activities).

Department

Department of Theoretic Studies and History of Art (KTDU)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will know the work of the important artists and artistic groups, they are aware of the role of regional art centers and they know their representants. They are able to reflect the development of contemporary Czech art in the international context.

Prerequisites

Students must have a general knowledge of 20th century art.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures accompanied by projection of visual or audiovisual material.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Written exam (combination of multiple-choice test and open questions).

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Art of the former Eastern-Bloc : Sanja Ivekovic, Mladen Stilinović, Julius Koller, Stano Filko, IRWIN, Zbigniew Libera, Pawel Althamer, Ilja Kabakov, Komar a Melamid, Nedko Solakov…
2. Art of the Latin America. The 1960s and 1970s: from the abstraction towards an engaged art: Lygia Pape, Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Cildo Meireles, Rosario Group. 1980s and 1990s: Gabriel Orozco, Felix Gonzales Torres, Minerva Cuevas, Francis Alys, Santiago Sierra, Alfredo Jaar.
3. Social turn in the contemporary art. Projects based on the addressing political and social issues, and employing participation of the viewer who become collaborators. The main representatives of this tendency.
4. Institutional structure of the Czech art after 1990: museums of art, galleries, foundations, prizes, art schools, art magazines. Local Czech artistic scene versus contemporary international art.
5. De-politization, re-politization. Two tendencies in Czech art of the 90s. Reverbation of the trancendetal tendencies in art. The critical and curating activities of the Ševčíks. Art activism at the beginning of the millenium (Pode Bal, Rafani, Jan Jakub Kotík, Guma Guar).
6. The "insiders" generation. Sentivity, decency, social issues, DIY aesthetics, local-specific art.
7. Czech painting since 1990s, artists, the debate on painting. Survey collective exhibitions supporting the medim. Collecting.
8. Photography in the contemporary Czech art: artist, curators.
9. Czech (neo)conceptual art of the late 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century.
10. "Regional art scenes" - Ostrava, Ústí nad Labem. Art in the country.
11. The art scene in Brno since 1980s.

Aims

Students will learn about the main tendencies in international and Czech art and its social context after 1990.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lectures is not mandatory.

Zařazení předmětu ve studijních plánech

  • Programme Bachelor's

    branch AGD2 , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch APD , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AGD1 , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AM3 , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AS2 , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AM2 , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AM1 , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AKG , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AS1 , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AMU , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AFO , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch APE , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AIN , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch ATD , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AVI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AEN , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer