What is the course about?
In this 12-session course we will examine the changing nature of German Art in the 20th century and the impact of key historical events such as the First World War and the Second World War. We will focus on artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Kathe Kollwitz, Hannah Ho¨ch, Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter. We will discuss the political and philosophical questions raised by the artworks in relation to the historical changes. The course is structured around classroom lectures and discussions starting with German art movements such as Expressionism, Dadaism, New Objectivity and finishing with the art in the 1960s-1970s.
PLEASE NOTE: one session will be held in a gallery so that you have the chance to experience the works discussed at first hand. This session will be on a Saturday afternoon in the second half of the course. Your tutor will confirm the date of this off-site session at the start of the course.
What will we cover?
• An overview of prominent German artists and art movements from 1910s to the 1970s.
• The influence of historical events such as both world wars on artistic practices.
• The impact of new art forms such as photography, video and performance art.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe the works of at least six 20th century German artists and identify different German avant-garde movements.
• Evaluate how key 20th century political and social events shaped German art.
• Demonstrate improved visual analysis skills and an ability to situate the key works of art discussed in a broader cultural context.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with lectures, slides, guided gallery visits and discussions. One session will be held in a gallery so that you have the chance to experience the works discussed at first hand. This session will be on a Saturday afternoon in the second half of the course. Your tutor will confirm the date of this off-site session at the start of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
Please note we are unable to guarantee seats on gallery visits so you may have to stand and to walk between exhibits. You might prefer to invest in a lightweight portable seat.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB426 - In depth: German art and the Weimar Republic 1918-1933
VB727 - German Art from the 1960s.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details