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What remains of avantgarde art?

Avant-garde Art, 100 Years On

Online Course

Oct.- Dec. 2020

Technology, cinema, fake news, Ikea, #metoo, revolution, visual culture...One hundred years on, we are asking ourselves: what was the historic relevance of the avant-garde art movements? What features of their intellectual vitality remain in 21st-century cultural practices? 

Based on these considerations, the course asks six experts to analyze six of the foundational art movements and to offer their own views on the artistic events of the time.


Just over a century ago, strong winds of change blew across the world of the arts in Europe. Rebel voices and revolutionary manifestos sprang up everywhere, with such force that they put an end to the dictates of the academic norms hitherto imposed by Academies of Fine Arts. As a result, the fractured images of Cubism were painted, ideology overcame aesthetics in major cities, discontent and rebellion occupied the stage, the urgent need for art for all was proclaimed and light was cast onto the dark side of creativity. Movements gave way to anti-movements, and style was in danger of self-destruction.
These lectures and debates will enable both professionals and those interested in culture to hear the opinions of experts on the most relevant 20th-century art movements, in terms of today’s globalized world. Prior to each live session participants will be given abundant theoretical, bibliographic and multimedia material. The sessions will be held online and have a total duration of 25 hours.
Course organized in collaboration with Fundación General de la Universidad de Málaga.


Thursday 29th October
6.00pm – 7.00 pm
Cubism: Art and its Double.
Eugenio Carmona. Universidad de Málaga

7.00pm – 7.45 pm Discussion

Thursday 5th November
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Defeating the Sun. Natural language in Expressionism.
Javier Arnaldo. Universidad Complutense de Madrid

7.00pm – 7.45pm Discussion

Thursday 12th November
6.00pm – 7.00pm
On the Tip of Your Tongue. Dadá: Discontent and Rebellion. (Working title)
Fernando Castro. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
7.00pm – 7.45pm Discussion

Thursday 19th November
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Total Bauhaus: Teaching, Design and Architecture for Everyday Life.
Joaquín Medina Warmburg. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

7.00pm – 7.45pm Discussion

Wednesday 25th November
6.30pm – 7.30pm
The Anxieties of the Conscious. Automatism and Defamiliarization in the Surrealist Tradition.
Luis Puelles Romero. Universidad de Málaga

7.30pm – 8.15pm Discussion

Thursday 3rd December
6.00pm – 7.00pm
The Feminist Revolution.
Patricia Mayayo Bost. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

7.00pm – 7.45pm Discussion


To register click here.
Registering for the course enables you to: watch all six talks streamed live and online afterwards; take part in the discussion sessions; access the virtual campus, where a selection of introductory texts will be available; and receive a compilation of multimedia materials related to the art movements dealt with in the course programme.

Registration fees:
General: 50 €
Reduced: 40 € for accredited students, those currently unemployed, with a minimum 33% disability, or over 65 years old. There is also a 50% discount on the enrolment fee for the collectives described in the enrolment terms. (See Terms of Enrolment).

Museo Picasso Málaga and Fundación General de la Universidad de Málaga are offering a total of 10 grants that exempt beneficiaries from enrolment fees.
These grants are especially aimed at students and the unemployed. To request a grant, you need to provide documentary proof of your situation (academic record and/or Income Tax declaration). You must also provide a letter with your reasons for doing the course and a short CV, submitted via the registration platform before 6th October 2020. The organization will inform those selected of their decision on 19th October 2020.

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