DU1742 Czech Modern Art & Culture

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: z (credit). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Ing. Marcela Rusinko, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Ing. Marcela Rusinko, Ph.D.
each even Thursday 16:00–19:40 K32
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The course Czech Modern Art & Culture is preferentially intented for foreign English-speaking students of Masaryk University.

Let's talk and share our research projects from different fields. Let's share our mental and cultural spaces. Let's analyze Czech modern & contemporary art and culture. Let’s share our views of the world, our life and travel experiences, books and movies.

The lecture is focused on the development of Czech modern art forms from the end of the 19th Century to the present days. We will introduce the most famous Czech artists, those who worked here and also those who worked abroad.

The inherent part of the art world is also art collecting and art market. We will discuss both these special spaces and compare with the foreign experiences. Who were the most famous Czech artists and collectors? Who are the contemporary art collectors and why do collect art?

How art and culture behind the Iron Curtain looked like and who are the most famous Czech women artists? What kinds of art museums and galleries we have and what can we see there?

Personalities possibly mentioned: Josef Čapek, Jindřich Chalupecký, Othon Coubine, František Drtikol, Emil Filla, Jaromír Funke, Otto Gutfreund, Alexander Hackenschmied, Miroslav Hák, Bohumil Kubišta, Jiří Kolář, František Kupka, Vincenc Kramář, Alfons Mucha, Jaroslav Roessler, Josef Šíma, Josef Sudek, Jindřich Štyrský, Toyen, Jindřich Waldes, Jan Zrzavý and perhaps also Miloš Forman, Milan Kundera and others.
Learning outcomes
The goal of this course is to talk and share our research projects from different fields. To share our mental and cultural spaces. To analyze Czech modern & contemporary art and culture.
  • -introduction
  • -famous Czech artists
  • -Czech modern art development
  • -artists & their collectors
  • -collecting modern and contemporary art
  • -art market
  • -Czech modern photography
  • -Czech art institutions world
  • -women art
  • -Czech avant-garde artists abroad
  • -art & culture behind Iron Curtain
  • -the topic chosen by the students
    recommended literature
  • Náhradní obsah: Milena Bartlová-Jindřich Vybíral (eds.), Building a State. The Representation of Czechoslovakia in Art, Architecture and Design. Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague, 2015.
  • Czech Modernism: 1900-1945. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Bulfinch Press 1989.
  • Between the first and second modernity :1985-2012 : catalogue. Edited by Jiří Ševčík - Edith Jeřábková. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vědecko-výzkumné pracoviště AVU, 2011. 756 s. ISBN 9788087108291. info
  • BYDŽOVSKÁ, Lenka, Vojtěch LAHODA and Karel SRP. Czech art, 1900-1990 : from the collections at the Prague City Gallery, House of the Golden Ring. Edited by Lenka Zapletalová. Prague: [s.n., 1990. 280 s. ISBN 8070100656. info
    not specified
  • KOVANDA, Jiří. Third mind :Jiří Kovanda and (im)possibility of collaboration. Edited by Adam Budak - Guillaume Désanges - Edith Jeřábková - François Piro. Vydání první. [Praha]: KANT, 2016. 192 stran. ISBN 9788074372162. info
  • HÁNOVÁ, Markéta. Japonisme in Czech art. Translated by Linda Leffová - Jitka Ryndová. V Praze: Národní galerie v Praze, 2014. 125 s. ISBN 9788070355473. info
  • Nina Beier, Jiří Kovanda, Marie Lund : Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan, Boba Dylana. Edited by Edith Jeřábková. 1. vyd. Praha: DOX Centre for contemporary art, 2011. [36] s. ISBN 9788087446041. info
  • OATES-INDRUCHOVÁ, Libora. Discourses of gender in pre- and post- 1989 czech culture. Vyd. 1. Pardubice: Univerzita Pardubice, 2002. 222 s. ISBN 8071944343. info
  • WITTLICH, Petr. Sculpture of the Czech art nouveau. 1st ed. Prague: Charles University, 2001. 427 s. ISBN 8024602350. info
  • PETŘÍČEK, Miroslav, Olga MALÁ and Karel SRP. Contemporary collection - Czech art in the '90s. Praha: Galerie hlavního města Prahy, 1998. 142, 16. ISBN 8070100613. info
  • SEDLÁŘOVÁ, Jitka. Permanent exhibition of 20th century Czech art. Translated by Veronika Hanušová, Photo by Irena Armutidisová - Alena Urbánko. V Brně: Moravská galerie, 1998. 106 s. ISBN 8070270373. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, art museums and galleries visiting, meeting professionals in the sector, homework reading, individual or group projects
Assessment methods
colloquium or graded credit; active participation necessary
Language of instruction
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