The course is a broad survey of the historical development of 20th century’s fine arts. It focuses on the radical changes and transformations caused by the movements of the historical avant-gardes and the ones after the war. These innovations occurred in the practices and thematics of art production, but also in the conventions of art reception as well as the status of the artist in the society. The research of how artworks relate to other fields of theoretical
knowledge and since is an essential part of the curriculum. Aim of the course is to develop student’s ability to interpret
works of visual art, to enhance student’s knowledge about the historical context of artworks and to improve student’s understanding of aesthetic ideology and the culturally given views of society about taste.
The course offers an overview of architecture from its origins to date, by constantly referring to modern and contemporary architecture. Instead of attempting to recreate the social, political and ideological context in which historical buildings were created, it rather focuses on single issues (significance of form, strength of materials, hierarchy of positions, monumentality and order, access restrictions and social stratification, decoration and austerity, function and representation, etc.) and tries to identify the underlying concepts