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Postgraduate Course: Critical Episodes in Twentieth-Century German Art: Cultural Exchanges and Divisions (HIAR11063)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course takes a particular trajectory through a century of German art, a trajectory which begins with the formation of the first Expressionist group 'Brücke' (1905) and concludes with the phenomenon of 'New German Painting' (2005), a label that has itself been recycled many times in the last one hundred years. This 'trajectory' will involve an inquiry into different styles of painting and printmaking, often exploring how 'style' can be used as an ideological 'weapon' in cultural / political conflicts, and examining historical continuities and ruptures in German art. It should be stated that although this course will not focus exclusively on painting and woodcut printmaking, the ways in which these time-honoured practices have been promoted and received, by artists and gallerists, collectors and critics, is of central interest.

The idea of 'cultural transfer' to account for intercultural exchange between nations is also of considerable importance, particularly on a transatlantic basis. The 'importation' of Expressionism into the United States in the early 1930s, and the 'exportation' of Abstract Expressionism back into Germany in the 1950s, will be seen as highly significant. Furthermore, the positive critical reception and enthusiasm for German painting (albeit with some notable exceptions) in America from the early 1980s onwards i.e. from 'Neo-Expressionism' to the 'New Leipzig School', will be thoroughly examined.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAvailable to visiting History of Art students with prior approval by course secretary
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
In this course, you will be introduced to many past and present debates on German art, and will examine them in depth, building up skills of critical analysis, written and oral presentation skills, as well as course-specific skills of visual analysis. You will develop an understanding of the cultural-political contexts that have impacted on the mixed reception of German art both within Germany and outside its borders. You will also increase your awareness of issues to do with provenance history and restitution. In achieving these goals, in addition to using the seminar room, we will utilise gallery / museum spaces.

Some of the skills you will use during the course

You will use skills of spoken communication and presentation. You will use bibliographic, research and written communication skills in working on your essay. You will use inter-personal skills, listening to and commenting on your colleagues' work. You will be expected to seek out ideas, readings and objects that are not in the course document. In your essay, you will be expected to balance and present alternative points of view.
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Course organiserDr Cole Collins
Course secretaryMr Nathan Ross-Hammond
Tel: (0131 6)51 5880
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