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Art History: Spanish Contemporary Art
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Art History 300 English 3 45 N/A

The course provides an introduction to Spanish contemporary art, it examines the concepts behind the work and the evolution of Spanish art in relation to similar  movements in Europe and the United States The course is complimented by visits to relevant exhibitions in Barcelona and talks by professional artists.

Art in the '70s Ephemeral Art reinvidication, When attitudes became art, Harald
Szeemann, Suisse 1968
Pop art, Minimalism.
Conceptual Art, Body Art, Land Art, Art Povera, Feminist Art

Introduction to Spanish Artists
Spanish Artists Miro, Picasso, Juan Gris, Dali
Chillida, Orteiza, Tapies, Saura, Brossa,
Guinovart, Canogar, Millares……

Spanish Conceptual Art
Antoni Llena, Grup de treball, Antoni Muntades,
Francesc Abad, Fina Miralles, Francesc Torres, Àngels Ribé…

Art in the 1980s
The role of the big exhibition in the international art situation;
Documenta de Kassel 1982- Barcelo, Basquait, Miriam Cahn, Tony Cragg, Rebecca

New Painting Movements, German Neo Expressionism, Italian Transvanguarda…
Spanish painters: Miguel Barceló, Garcia Sevilla, Victor Mira, José Maria Sicilia,
Broto…Juan Usle

Spanish sculptors: Christina Iglesias, Susan Solano, Juan Munoz, Jaume Plensa,

Art in the '90s Neo conceptual art
Performance Art
Installation Art
Video Art
Photography Art
Spanish Art Situation
The new strategies in Art
Spanish post living art Marcel-li Antúnez, Eulalia Valldosera….

Assignments and presentations are set throughout the course.

Visit to Exhibitions are often at reduced entry prices for groups and student are  expected to pay the corresponding entry fee.


  • Attitude and participation in class 20%
  • Attendance 10%
  • Written work 50%
  • Presentations 20%

  • El arte ultimo del siglo veinte, del post minimalismo a lo multicultural – Anna Maria Guasch
  • The shock of the new - Robert Hughes

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