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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE22108160, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0606, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GUIDO BARTORELLI L-ART/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-ART/03 History of Contemporary Art 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 BARTORELLI GUIDO (Presidente)
BIANCHI GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
STEVANIN FEDERICA (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018 01/12/2017 30/11/2019 BARTORELLI GUIDO (Presidente)
BALDINI ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
BIANCHI GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
STEVANIN FEDERICA (Membro Effettivo)
VIRELLI GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No special prerequisite is required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide a general knowledge of artistic events in the contemporary age, from the stylistic and thematic revolutions of the late Eighteenth Century to the Informalism/Abstract Expressionism of the second Post-War period. An in-depth study will focus on the avant-gardes preceding the First World War, when languages and the concept of art were drastically reformulated, and the foundations for subsequent experimentations were laid. The student will acquire a specific skill in understanding the expressions of contemporary art and culture, even the most recent ones. The examination of the evolution of styles, in the succession of artists and movements, will be framed in the historical context and in relations with other cultural sectors: from technology to philosophy, from science to literature, from theater to cinema.
Examination methods: The recommended exam for foreign students is oral. Its maximum duration is 30 minutes. The first topic is chosen by the student himself, who must demonstrate that he is able to summarize a topic (an artwork, an author, a current, a theme ...) in an exposition of 5-7 minutes. Then, the teacher will ask a couple of topics for each book in the program in order to verify the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Generally the questions will start from the images of the artworks.

Alternatively, ONLY FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING THE COURSE, it is possible (no obligation) to replace the oral exam with two written tests. The first test will be in the middle of the course; the second will be immediately after the end of the lessons. Modality: projection of images of artworks, of which the student will indicate: author; dating (approximate); description (technique, subject, cultural references ...).
Attention: the written test is quite difficult for non-native Italian speakers.
Assessment criteria: It will be evaluated the knowledge of the topics discussed in the course; knowledge and understanding of the proposed concepts and methods; the ability to apply this knowledge autonomously and knowingly; the logical-argumentative abilities, the relevance of the answers with respect to the questions; the ability to construct “one's own critical discourse" that is relevant, clear, effective and personal. It will be evaluated in particular the student's ability to place the works in their historical context, tracing them correctly to dating, trends and authors. It will also be evaluated the ability to describe the works in a critical way and with appropriate terminology, knowing to refer punctually to the technical and stylistic features.
Course unit contents: Study of artistic developments from Neoclassicism to the Informalism/Abstrac Expressionism through the examination of the artworks of the main protagonists. A specific in-depth study will be dedicated to the theorization and experimentation of the movement of the image by the avant-gardes. In particular the writings of Ricciotto Canudo and the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Marcel Duchamp will be dealt with.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures will try to involve students and stimulate discussion. They will always be accompanied by video projection of images and videos.
Attendance is strongly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: It is mandatory to consult catalogs and iconographic repertoires (also online) relating to the artists studied.
On the Moodle page of the course the images of the artworks shown in class will be uploaded.
The program is the same for attending and non-attending students.

Renato Barilli's books indicated below may be difficult for non-native Italian speakers. They are invited to discuss a personalized program with the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • RENATO BARILLI, L’alba del contemporaneo. Milano: Feltrinelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • RENATO BARILLI, L’arte contemporanea. Da Cézanne alle ultime tendenze. Milano: Feltrinelli, --. Fino al capitolo "12. L'informale" compreso Cerca nel catalogo
  • PIERLUIGI DE VECCHI, ELDA CERCHIARI, L'arte nel tempo, vol. III, tomi A e B. Milano: Bompiani, --. Vanno bene anche altri manuali scolastici in cui la trattazione delle vicende artistiche dal Neoclassicismo alle ultime tendenze sia parimenti estesa Cerca nel catalogo
  • GUIDO BARTORELLI, Studi sull'immagine in movimento. Dalle avanguardie a YouTube (seconda edizione). Padova: Cleup, 2017. Vanno preparati l'Introduzione e i primi tre capitoli relativi a Canudo, Kandinsky e Duchamp (pp. 1-91) Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)