Course details

Czech Art Between 1900–1945 in Contexts

1CU20st-Z FaVU 1CU20st-Z Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester 3 credits

Current academic year

The course introduces various topics from the visual arts, design and visual culture between 1900 to 1945. The lectures present programs and manifestos, collaboration and artistic collectives, institutional background of the art scenes (academies, galleries, state, criticism) and the relations to the means of production and social matrix. The course presents both progressive and revolutionary actions and avant-gardes of the 20th Century as well as survivals and revivals of the past anachronic forms. The history of the Modern Art is presented in context of political, social and economic conditions to the artistic work.
The course will be taught in the winter semester in a distant way via MS Teams.


Language of instruction




Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will have a basic overview of artistic institutions, key figures and their work; they will be able to attribute key artistic works and they will be able to characterize artistic programs and groups of Czech modernism between 1900 to 1945.

Learning objectives

The aim is to present major figures, artistic works, artistic groups, programs and institutions of Czech modern art between 1900 to 1945, to present contemporary way of thinking and characterize contemporary texts and manifestos.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge of the history of the Czech lands and their culture.

Syllabus of lectures

1. Czech art after the beginning of the 20th century, generation after impressionism and before expressionism.
2. Expressive, cubist-expressive, cubist, symbolist tendencies, artist grous - Osma, Skupina výtvarných umělců, Sursum, Umělecká Beseda.
3. Reconstitution of the art scene after WWI. Tvrdošíjní Group.
4. Styles and movements in the 1920s Neo-classicism, poetism, Devětsil, artificialism, landscape painting, official scene.
5. Styles and movements of the 1930s. Abstraction, surrealism.
6. Czech sculpture of the first half of the 20th century.

Progress assessment


Teaching methods and criteria

Lectures accompanied with slides of reproductions of the key works are supported with class discussions.

Controlled instruction

Attendance obligatory.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme BIT (in English), 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
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