Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Art and cultural history 1900-194534288/3027/2324/1/61
Study guide

Art and cultural history 1900-1945

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 2
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Van den Broeck Bob
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Semester 2
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.03.2024 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).


(previously registered for Art and cultural history before 1500 AND previously registered for Art and cultural history 1500-1800) OR previously registered for Art History and Contemporary Art 1.

Learning outcomes (list)

BA3 - The student knows about and understands the social, cultural, artistic, historical and international context of the visual arts and artistic praxis, and continues to develop this knowledge and understanding.
"The student has a thorough knowledge of the western artistic developments of the first half of the 20th century. "
The student is able to explain and explain these developments and is aware of the artistic canon regarding the visual arts and the architecture of this period.
"The student can use the correct art-historical terminology, and chronology regarding the visual arts and architecture from this period. "

Course content

"Art History: First half of the twentieth century" offers a thorough art historical overview of the canonical artistic developments in Western Europe between 1900 and 1950.

A central theme is the relation between tradition, modernism and avant-garde. In about ten chapters the break-through and crisis of the avant-garde art is demonstrated by using concrete examples from architecture, applied arts, sculpture, painting and new media. We will discuss the following currents: Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Constructivism and New Pragmatism.

The most important artists and their realisations will be discussed in class. Each class starts with looking at and interpreting the present day art situation.

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series100,00