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2021 Spring


Piotr Sikora
For information about registration please contact our admissions.

This course examines the key developments in Western art and architecture from World War II until the beginning of the 21st century. The classes will cover Post-War Abstraction both in USA and Europe, Post-War Figuration, Art brut and Pop Art. It will also cover changes in the 1960s art with the rise of Conceptualism and Happenings. It will cover Process Art, Nouveau Realisme, Body Art, Minimalism and Land Art. Later it will concentrate on Postmodern Architecture and Art, covering new developments in Photography and Video Art as well. It will also cover exciting global changes of the 1990s and introduce students to the contemporary art scene. Slide-based lectures will be supplemented by discussions about important art terms, artworks and visits to representative sights and exhibitions in Prague.

Here is the course outline:

1. Class 1 Emancipation of a Viewer. From Democratization to Banalization.

Feb 7

2. Who is who in the Artworld? Key Players and Roles.

Feb 14


3. 19th Century Legacy

Feb 21


4. Deconstruction and Reconstruction: Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism

Feb 28


5. Music and Spirituality: Early Abstraction

Apr 4

6. The Abuse of Beauty: Dada and the Post-War Avant-garde

Apr 11


7. Surrealism & Art Brut

Apr 18

8. Art for Art or Art for Sale: Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, New Realism

Apr 25

9. A Chair Is a Chair Is a Urinal: Marcel Duchamp and Conceptual Art

May 2

10. After Conceptualism: Minimalism, Land Art, Environmental Art

May 9

11. Feminism and politically engaged art practice

Apr 28

12. Tendencies in Contemporary Art: Postmodernism, Photorealism, New Media, Performance

May 5

13. What is Post-Internet?

May 12
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