History of Contemporary Art I - LM [Sede TN] (2015/2016)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Denis Viva
Denis Viva
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre sede Trento dal Sep 14, 2015 al Dec 23, 2015.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

Acquisition of knowledge concerning the main protagonists and historical events of Art History since the 1920s until the 1980s;
Understanding and visual analysis of contemporary artworks;
Critic and historiographic proficiency in Contemporary Art History;
Being able to begin autonomous researches on Contemporary Art History


Prerequisites: Deep knowledge of art history until the historical avant-gardes.

1) Art History and its main poetics, trends and artists, since Surrealism until the 1980s

2) The beginning of Arte Povera as a militant art trend at the end of the Sixties; its Art Theory and Critics; its relationship with 1968's culture; its connection with European and American Conceptual and Process Art.

Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. Buchloh, Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Arte dal 1900, Zanichelli, Milano 2013. Capitoli: 1924; 1926; 1927a; 1935; 1942ab; 1944a; 1945; 1946; 1947ab; 1949; 1951; 1953; 1955b; 1957ab; 1958; 1960abc; 1961; 1962c; 1965; 1966ab; 1967abc; 1968ab; 1969

Alessandro Del Puppo, L'arte contemporanea. Il secondo Novecento, Einaudi, Torino 2013;

Germano Celant, Arte Povera. Storie e protagonisti, ripubblicato in Arte Povera. Storia e storie, Electa, Milano 2011, pp. 30-163;

Giovanni Lista, Arte Povera, 5 Continents, Milano 2006;

Nicholas Cullinan, From Vietnam to Fiat-nam: The Politics of Arte Povera, in "October", n. 124, Spring 2008, pp. 9-30;

Jacopo Galimberti, A Third-worldist Art? Germano Celant's Invention of Arte Povera, in "Art History", vol. XXXVI, n. 2, aprile 2013, pp. 418-441;

Claire Gilman, L'arte povera a Roma, in Il confine evanescente. Arte italiana 1960-2010, edited by Anna Mattirolo e Gabriele Guercio, Electa, Milano 2010, pp. 43-73;

Lara Conte, Materia, corpo, azione. Ricerche artistiche processuali tra Europa e Stati Uniti 1969-1970, Electa, Milano 2010, pp. 30-167.

Teaching methods: Lectures with the projections of artwork pictures, visual tests, and an anthology of Critics and Cultural Policy texts as a comment.
Study visit to selected exhibitions and museums

Students who can not follow the lectures should plan their program with the teacher.
The students are invited to plan the program of Contemporary Art History II [LM 130211] or Contemporary Art History III [LM 13282]with the teacher.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written (analyzing some selected artworks) and further oral examition