12105 - History of Contemporary Art (1)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires the tool to frame and understand the most effective movements of contemporary art. Thanks to a phonomenological approch, the students obtains the key to analyze the styles succession through the generational profiles of the artists, in a chronological arch starting from mid Nineteenth Century up to now.

Course contents

The course investigates the artistic researches of the end of the Nineteenth Century, from Cézanne to the Symbolists, the analyze then the avant-gardes of early Twentieth Century, Expressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, including the "revival" period promoted by the Metafisica. The New avant-gardes poetics will be later probed, to embrace, even though more synthetically, the latest trends. This course is to be considered preparatory to the teaching of Phenomenology of Styles (second year).


The current bibliography is valid both for attending and not attending students:

  • R. Barilli, L'arte contemporanea, Feltrinelli, Milano 2014
  • F. Fabbri, Sesso arte rock'n'roll, Atlante, Bologna 2006
  • F. Fabbri, Lo zen e il manga, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2009


Teaching methods

Projection of artists' images to be analyzed during the class

Assessment methods

Written test. The exam will be held in the IT laboratories of the Rimini Campus on e-learning platform and will consist of different typologies of questions: 1) questions matched with 3/4 alternative answers, with just a correct one; 2) "true" of "false" questions; 3) pictures of artists to be properly recognized.

The aim of the test is to verify the students' ability to recognize the movements of contemporary art and their hystorical-critical value.

Teaching tools

E-learning platform

Office hours

See the website of Fabriano Fabbri