Form and Content of Art Work 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307EFCA1 exam 2 24 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English

Subject guarantor

Štěpánka ŠIMLOVÁ

Name of lecturer(s)

Štěpánka ŠIMLOVÁ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

After completing the course, the candidate perceives their work in the context of their creative process, and is aware of their aspirations, stereotypes and the kitsch component of the creative process. He/she cultivates his/her creation based on his/her own analysis and on the feedbacks of the teacher and fellow learners. It learns to approach and discuss critically.

Mode of study

in person

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

The course - Form and Content of the Artwork is designed as a course in the first year of the Bachelor's degree in which students learn conceptual approaches in their own work, learn to formulate their intention within the framework of the assignment and deepen the connection of their work within the historical context.

The first semester works with general concepts - quality/characteristics of the artwork vs. kitsch vs. banality - that students work with in their portrayal of archetypes, fictional character creation, associative practices, and manual creation. They learn to work with and create a positive critical attitude. In the theoretical part, they work through a presentation of selected chapters in the history of visual art from the second half of the 20th century to the present, with an emphasis on the historical and political context.

The main themes

1/ interactive game on the theme of archetypes

2/ definition of the qualities of art / definition of the qualities of kitsch

3/ analysis of the interactive game - the role of archetypes, their concept in art and kitsch

4/ quality of authenticity - diary

5/ analysis of kitsch in thinking

6/ stereotypes - their reflection in humour

7/ the meaning of joke in art - the shortcut of thought - thinking in a cultural and historical context

8/ presentation of selected artistic movements and styles in a historical-political context and against the background of specific events

9/ associative thinking

10/ creating stories based on associations

11/ tradition in thought

12/ instruction vs. ritual

Recommended or required reading


Kundera Milan: Unbearable lightness of being, Harpes Collins Publisher, 2019

Reclam Philipp: Kitsch - Gruter, 2012

Olalquiaga Celeste: Thi Artificial Kingdom, Pantheon books 2018

Jung K. G.: The Archetypes and the collective Unconscious, 1958


Tomáš Kulka: Art and Kitsch

Václav Bělohradský: Between Worlds and Interworlds

Christian Norberg-Schulz: Genius Loci

Milan Kundera: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Paul Johnson: History of the 20th Century

José Pichoán: History of Art 9 - 12

Miroslav Petříček: Thinking in Pictures

Stéphane Pincas and Marc Loiseau: The History of Advertising

Karel Císař: Signatures of all things

Karel Císař: The Alphabet of Things

Tomas Pospiszyl: An Associative History of Art

Assessment methods and criteria

80% attendance, timely completion of assigned tasks, mandatory participation in the final joint presentation of results



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 112
Room No. 112

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 14:00–15:35 Štěpánka ŠIMLOVÁ Room No. 112
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

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