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The Art of the Twentieth Century Avant Gardes FST318


This unit is available in alternate years only


Formal and technical experimentation, social transgression and political opposition were the hallmarks of the European avant-gardes. This unit will offer a critical evaluation of the concept of the avant-garde, with reference to established theories. Focusing primarily on the inter-war years in Europe, the unit will address avant-garde energies of the twentieth century, with some attention to later neo-avant-garde tendencies, for example, Conceptual Art and the Situationalist Internationals. While the central emphasis will be with the visual production of the historical avant-gardes, literary and performative modes of expression will also be considered, along with continuities and connections with in contemporary practice.


Unit name The Art of the Twentieth Century Avant Gardes
Unit code FST318
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Teaching staff

Dr Maria Kunda, guest lecturers

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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    25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 1-hr lecture (or on-line equivalent), 1-hr Art Forum, 1-hr tutorial weekly (12 wks)


2,500-word long essay (50%); 1,500 word annotated visual presentation (30%);  on-line quiz (10%); 750 word visual summary (10%)

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