Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0230 (AF:430655 AR:208654)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Surnames M-Z
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
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The class will provide the core knowledge for the study of contemporary art history, focusing on the main movements, artists and exhibitions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Artistic personalities, artworks, trends and exhibitions will be examined in their cultural-historical connection from diachronic and synchronic perspectives and in relation with their historical, social and cultural context of reference.
The course will provide an in-depth knowledge of the art history from the 20th and 20st centuries, introducing students to key artists, works and texts regulating the contemporary art system.
The main objective of the course is to enhance skills in the following fields:
- to recognize the works and artists discussed in class and place them in a proper theoretical, historical and cultural context
- to develop critical skills and analyze an artwork within its historical context and from multiple perspectives, including its technical, iconographic and stylistic features
- to strengthen communication skills and acquire a vocabulary appropriate to the given context
There are no pre-requirements, but a preliminary knowledge of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries will be helpful
The module will offer an investigation into the contemporary art from an historical perspective and in an international context. A comparative analysis of the topics addressed in class will be conducted within a period spanning from the beginning up to the second half of the 20th century.
Notes from the lessons.
Chapters from: Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin Buchloch, David Joselit, Arte dal 1900: modernismo, antimodernismo, postmodernismo, edited by Elio Grazioli, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2016 (or previous edition)

Further material will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Mandatory complementary reading for all non-attending students: Filiberto Menna, La linea analitica dell'arte moderna, Torino, Einaudi, 1975 (or following edition)
Written exam with questions about artists and topics presented in class, and artworks to be recognised, commented and contextualised among the slides projected in class.
Lessons open to the discussions and commentaries of the slides and texts presented in class.
Talks with external guests and visits to exhibitions.
The materials presented in class will be available on the Moodle e-learning platform together with additional sources.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "International cooperation" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 01/02/2023