Course details

Czech Art Between 1945–1990 in Contexts

1CU20st-L FaVU 1CU20st-L Acad. year 2023/2024 Summer semester 3 credits

The course presents various topics from art, design and visual culture between 1945 to 1990. The art scenes is presented according to a late 1980s structure: political establishment, grey zone and counter-culture/underground. The course aims to address art as propaganda in Central-East European context, representation of the state, cultural politics, conditions for artistic work as well as artists outside the canon, at the margins of culture and society and illegal artists.


Language of instruction




Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures


Learning objectives

The aim is to present major figures, artistic works, artistic groups, programs and institutions of Czech modern and post-modern art between 1945 to 1990, to present contemporary way of thinking and characterize contemporary texts and manifestos.
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 art between 1945 to 1990.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge of Czech art between 1900-1945.

Syllabus of lectures

1. War Groups: Ra a 7 v říjnu
2. Last Modernists: Toyen, Zrzavý, Teige, Filla
3. Revolution in 1948 in the visual arts, new institutions, official art 1948–1957
4. Art outside the canon: Medek, Medková, Reynek
5. From Brussels to Ósaka: State, architecture, design and public art in 1960s
6. Narmalizes institutions: Fond, Dílo, SVU and academies
7. Criticism and history of contemporary art and design: Chalupecký, Lamarová, Hlaváček, Jirousová
8. New surrealism: Kolář, Nepraš, Pacík, Švankmajer
9. Tactile art: Kolářová, Šimotová, Kučerová, Karlíková; Post-War art in Slovakia: Filko a Koller;
10. New abstraction: Kolíbal, Malich, Sekal
11. 1970s and 1980s official art and art of the grey zone
12. Typography: Benda, Kaplický, Hlavsa, Rathouský, Vaněk
13. Roots of performance and video art: Knížák, Vasulka, Pilař; Skupina 12/15, Tvrdohlaví
14. Mutějovice 1983: Jetelová, Gebauer, Judl

Progress assessment

Attendance compulsory.

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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