Course Description

Course Name

Selected Topics in Twentieth Century Art

Session: VPGS1324

Hours & Credits

6 ECTS Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


1.    Course Description
We will be covering various topics from the history of European art of the 20th century during the course. Additionally, there will be excursions to gallery and museum institutions in Prague to supplement the lectures.

2.    Student Learning Outcomes
It is important for students to have the ability to independently navigate a basic overview of 20th-century art history. This includes being able to differentiate between various artistic trends, such as modern art, pre-war avant-garde, and inter-war art. Additionally, gaining insight into the possibilities of artistic development after the Second World War is crucial. By understanding these concepts, students can develop a deeper appreciation for the evolution of art throughout the 20th century.

3.    Reading Material
●    Lahoda Vojtěch - Uhrová Olga,Vincenc Kramář : from the old masters to Picasso : National Gallery in Prague, Collection of Modern and Contemporary art - Veletržní palác 13.10.2000-28.1.2001, Prague: National Gallery in Prague 2000
●    Dolanská Karolína et al., Modern and Contemporary Czech Art 1890-2010, Prague: National Gallery 2010.
●    Morganová Pavlína, Czech action art: happenings, actions, events, land art, body art and performance art behind the iron curtain, Prague: Karolinum 2014. 
●    Morganová Pavlína (ed.), Začátek století = The beginning of the century, Plzeň: Západočeská galerie 2012.
●    Malinowski Jerzy (Hrsg.), History of Art History in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, 2 Bde., Toruń 2012
●    Bydžovská Lenka - Lahoda Vojtěch - Srp Karel, Czech modern art: 1900-1960 : [catalog of the modern art collection at the National Gallery in Prague, Prague: National Galery 1995. 
●    Musilová Helena (ed.) František Kupka: the road to Amorpha: Kupka’s salons 1899-1913 : [The National Gallery in Prague - The Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Salm Palace, November 30, 2012 - March 3, 2013], Prague: National Gallery 2012.
●    Krauss,R. E., The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths. Cambridge 1985 
●    Krauss, R. E., Passages in modern sculpture. Cambridge 1981
●    Ingo F. Walther, Art of the 20th Century, Taschen, 2017
Required Materials
●    Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, et al., Art Since 1900 
●    Sylvan Barnet, Writing a Review of an Exhibition, in A Short Guide to Writing about Art, 2005
●    Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe (ed.), Curating differently: feminism, exhibition and curatorial spaces, Newcastle upon Tyne 2016
Recommended Materials
●    H.H. Arnason, History of Modern Art
●    E.H. Gombrich, The Story of Art
●    Whitney Chadwick, Women, Art, and Society

4.    Teaching methodology
Each session will consist of slide-based lectures, discussions of images and texts, class presentations, as well as excursions to museums, art galleries, and historical sites.

*Course content subject to change