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Czech Art in International Context 1

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Jan Wollner

The two-semester course will trace the main chapters of Czech modern art in a broader international context. It will follow the major movements and leading personalities in a chronological way. Theoretical classroom lectures will be accompanied by visits to permanent collections of National Gallery in Prague and temporary exhibitions. The course should help students to pass final state exam.

Lectures outline:

1.Art at the Turn of the Century. Secession in Vienna and Prague. Symbolism (Jan Preisler). Design of posters, modern advertising (Alfons Mucha).

2.František (Frank) Kupka. Origins of abstract art. Position of Kupka among other pioneers of abstract painting (Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky.

3.Expressionism. Edvard Munch in Prague. Group „Osma“.

4.Cubism. Czechoslovak-French cultural relations. Cubism, applied art, architecture

5.Futurism. Marinetti and his manifesto. Czech futurist Růžena Zátková.

6.Suprematism. Kazimir Malevich. Czechoslovakia between the East and West.

7.Surrealism. Karel Teige, „Devětsil“ group. Specific style of Artificialism (Toyen and Jindřich Štyrský).

8.Bauhaus. Karel Teige. Czech and Hungarian students at Bauhaus. „Slovakian Bauhaus“ in Bratislava.

9.Art Under Totalitarian Regimes. „Degenerate art“. Official Nazi art. Socialist Realism in USSR. Avant-garde artists in exil.

10.- 12. Gallery visits

Seminar outline:
Study Objectives:


- to introduce students to major Czech art movements, leading personalities, institutions

and approaches.

- to enable students to understand the relationship between Czech art and international context.

- to explain how political history and artistic development are interrelated.


On satisfactory completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

- understand the key principles of the most important modern art movements and to argue

their importance.

- distinguish the specificity of Czech modern art and its role in international context

- view art as a complex field which role is relevant also in context of society, politics and national issues.

Study materials:


Hal Foster [et al.], Art since 1900, London 2004.

T. Petrasová - R. Švácha (eds.), Art in the Czech Lands 800?2000, Prague 2018.


E. Clegg, Art, Design and Architecture in Central Europe 1890-1920, New Haven 2006.

H. Musilová (ed.), František Kupka. The Road to Amorpha, Prague 2012.

J. Švestka - T. Vlček (eds.), Czech Cubism 1909-25, Prague 2006.

E. Dluhosch - R. Švácha (eds.), Karel Teige. l´enfant terrible of the Czech modernist avant-garde, Cambridge 1999.

K. Srp, Toyen, Prague 2000.

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