Fine Arts 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
373VU1 ZK 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the development of the widely defined fine arts from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. The presentation will not be limited merely to a list or comparison of individual artists for artistic directions, but will focus on a wider social-historical context in the development of modern art including relations to related arts disciplines, primarily; film. Indiviudally, chronologically covering topics representing social changes in the the audience and artists, marking the relationship beteween technological development and artistic media and coming up to the contemporary arts scen of the globalizing world. Attention will be devoted to modernism theory and possible methodological approaches to culture of the 20th century. Individual blocks will be devoted to important figures in art of the last 100 years but also to topics from the world of mass culture which the dynamic of cultural production in our civilization will be explicated.

Mode of study

Lecture and presentation of image material, moderated discussion.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

Lecture in the history of art divided into a two-semester block will focus on the creation of the knowledge of key debates of art, in particular from the rise of modernism to the present influencing contemporary art, film and visual culture. Instruction focuses on a wider social-historic context in the rise of modern art including relations to other arts, humanities and scientific disciplines and reflecting beyond visual studies and theories of influence, post-colonialism and feminism with an emphasis on changes in the relationships between „high“ and „low“culture and overlapping traditional areas of fine arts with photography, film, mass media and new technology. Individual topics are representated by socal changes in audiences, institutions such as museums and artists marking the relations between technological development and arts media and approaching the contemporary arts scene of the globalizing world. The course will emphasize influencing approaches.

Week 1

Introduction to the history of art - Topics and contexts.

Why concern oneself with the history and culture at film schools? Presenting key topics of lectures and instruction structure, evaluating and instruction aims.

Week 2

The image in the age of electronic reproduction, manners of viewing: context and medium

Week 3

About perspective: Nude, body, camera

From Boticelli to Beyonce; this lecture will focus on the view of gender in the history of Western art. Contemporary impacts of the nude tradition in visual culture and its critical re-interpretation.

Week 4

Practical devoted to the research and investigation of source for one's artistic practice and writing. How to write an image. How to work with citations and illustrations.

Week 5

How and why to write about art or one's artistic practice and how to create a convincing argument with the help of citations and techniques from class 1.

Week 6


What changed in art around 1850 that it became modern? What does modernism or modernity mean? The city and everyday life. Commodification of art, capitalism. Influence of science on art.

Manet, Courbert, Mary Cassatt, Rosa Bonheur

Week 7

One million avant-garde: avant-garde, neo-avant-garde, post-modern, altern-modern

Cubism, Futurism, art, war and revolution

DADA: Hannah Hoch and photo montage

Surrealism and psychology: Sigmund Freud, Frieda Kahlo, Toyen and Czech surrealism. Devetsil

Week 8

Cultural appropriation and exotic others

What does the term „cultural appropriation“ mean in the context of Western art and in Czech art and what relevance does it have? Where did the idea of the primitive come from and how was Primitivism demonstrated in culture and art? Who are the exotic others? Picasso, Matisse, Henri Rousseau, Hokusai

Week 9

Radical gesture. The end of art?

Marcel Duchamp and new concepts of art. Photography and seeing Frantisek Kupka

Soviet Avant-garde of the 1920s

Week 10

Bauhaus: overlaps of art and design and arts schools

Black Mountain College, arts schools then and now. Current experiments with artis education, monster art school and neo-liberlism

Week 11

Art and ideology in the post-war world

Abstract Expresionism. Color and Gesture

Clement Green Art and kitsch.

Spectacle companies and situationists, new realism in Europe, politically organized art.

Week 12

Individual consultation

Week 13

Individual consultation

Recommended or required reading

BERGER, J., O pohledu. Praha 2012.

Linda Nochlin, Proč neexistovaly žádné velké umělkyně? In: Martina Pachmanová (ed.), Neviditelná žena, One Woman Press 2002

Amy Dempsey, Umělecké styly, školy a hnutí, nakladatelství Slovart, Praha 2002


Clement Greenberg, Modernistická malba. IN: Před obrazem, OSVU, Praha 1998, str. 35-42.

Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin Buchloh, Umění po roce 1900, Slovart 2007

Richard Osborne, Dan Strugis, Natalie Turner, Teorie umění, Portál, Praha 2008

Fanon, Frantz, Black Skin, White Masks, trans. by Richard Philcox, Revised edition (New York : Berkeley, Calif.: Grove Press, 2008)

Assessment methods and criteria

Lecture attendance and reading of required texts, participation in discussion and class exercises.

Lecture attendance and class participation: 50%

Essay: 1000 - 1200 words - Summer semester: 50%



Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 107
Room No. 1

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 15:40–17:15 Hana JANEČKOVÁ Room No. 1
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans