Visual and Material Culture: Course

Trends in the 21st century art

Aronov Igor, Dr., Semester 1, Sunday, 16:30-18:00
Aronov Igor, Dr., Semester 2, Sunday, 16:30-18:00
Starting with Dada in the 1920s-1930s, and in the development process of conceptual modes in Western art after the Second World War, the postmodernist rhetoric of irony, skepticism and cynicism was reinforced. This rhetoric, which is specially supported by the art market since the 1990s, points out the loss of a faith in the absolute art truth. What is an alternative to the postmodern irony? What are the art developments and strategies that seek for other ways of a future Western culture? What are traits of an "other" culture of the future, towards which the anti-postmodern quests lead? What is a "myth" of a future art? We will discuss these questions through the comparative analysis of modern, post-modern, and "alternative" approaches.