Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art
Second semester
Cultural analysis -identity and innovation-
Art, cultural heritage, and experience
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Teaching staff

By appointment jurbano@uic.es



The subject is focused on the most important movements, artists and works of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries at a european level. It is complemented with visits to museums and field trips to the city.

Pre-course requirements

To have taken the subject "Cultura Contemporània"


  • To recognize the features, authors and works of every period or style.
  • To know how to analyze and art work (architecture, painting and sculpture) with the appropriate tools and terminology
  • To know the most important works and museums in Barcelona from every period studied in class.
  • To know the tools for the research in the field of the history of architecture, painting and sculpture.


  • E02 - Ability to use methods and techniques specific to human sciences.
  • E04 - Ability to recognise and interpret cultural manifestations.
  • E07 - To acquire knowledge on the different issues and problems of current cultural debate and be aware of their constant change.
  • E12 - To acquire knowledge and understanding of imaginary, iconic and symbolic languages and their representation.
  • E14 - To develop the ability for critical analysis with regard to literary and artistic expression.
  • E22 - To acquire knowledge of and the ability to use data collection instruments (biliographic catalogues, inventory archives, documentary sources, electronic sources, etc).
  • E23 - Ability to use computer resources and techniques to produce essays on cultural topics.
  • E24 - Ability to present the results of research project in accordance with the standards of each subject area.
  • E26 - Ability to read and write texts in one's own language and other languages, as well as transcribe, summarise and categorise pertinent information.
  • E28 - Ability to organise complex cultural information coherently.
  • E30 - Ability to define cultural research topics which can contribute to the improvement and innovation of society.
  • G08 - Ability to carry out research.
  • G09 - Creativity, inititiative and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • G10 - Management of ICT skills, organisation and information management.



- International Exhibitions

- Arts&Craft in Great Britain (Ruskin and Morris)

- “Modernisme” in Catalonia: Gaudí

- “Modernisme” in Catalonia II: Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch             

- Field Trip to Barcelona “modernista”

- Field Trip to Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona

- Art Nouveau: Belgium (Horta), Scotland (Mackintosh), France (Gallé, Daum, Majorelle, Guimard, Lalique, Mucha), Germany (Van de Velde, Muthesius, Behrens), Austria (Wagner, Hoffmann, Olbrich)

- Avant-garde Architecture - Expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeit - Bauhaus (Gropius, Rietveld, Mendelsohn), USA (Shakers, Tiffany, School of Chicago, Richardson,Sullivan,Wright)

- Rational-funcionalism (Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier)            

- Fauvism “Con estos colores incendiaremos la academia”, Vlaminck

- Expressionism  “Mi pintura es un sismógrafo de mis emociones”, Kirchner

- Cubism  “Facetas apretadas y continuas que rompen el objeto, lo desmembran en todas sus partes”, De Micheli

- Picasso

- Visit to the Picasso Museu

-futurism  un automóvil rugiente que parece correr sobre la metralla, es más bello que la Victoria de Samotracia”, Marinetti

- metaphisic paintingLa arquitectura tiene dos aspectos: el aspecto corriente, que vemos casi siempre y que ven los hombres ordinarios, y el aspecto metafísico, que sólo unos pocos individuos pueden ver en momentos de clarividencia y de abstracción metafísica”, De Chirico

- Dadaism  “No hay nada más bello que el encuentro casual entre un paraguas y una máquina de coser sobre una mesa de disección”, Lautremont

- Surrealismo “No será el miedo a la locura lo que nos obligue a bajar la bandera de la imaginación”, Breton

- Miró

- Dalí

- Visit to the Fundació Miró

- Suprematism  “Los ritmos cinéticos en cuanto formas basilares de nuestra percepción”, Gabo Pevsner

- Neoplasticism  “La forma neoplástica (…) relación equilibrada de posición y proporción de planos y colores”,  Van Doesburg.

- Informalism

- Pop art

- Abstract expressionism

- Land art

- Arte povera

- Avantgarde in Catalonia




Teaching and learning activities

In person

The classes will be theoretical and practical. The theoretical part will always be with the help of images and visual content. The practical part will be in form of appropriate reading, from ancient or contemporary sources, visits to museums or walks around the city.The student must also do a research paper on an art work (architecture, painting or sculpture) and a class presentation. There will be individual corrections with the teacher on this paper.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

There will be 2 exams (30% and 30%), a research paper (15%), a class presentation (10%) and a paper about an avant-garde film (10%). 

Bibliography and resources

AA.VV., Escritos de arte de vanguardia 1900-1945, Turner, Madrid, 1979

ADES, D., El dadá y el surrealismo, Labor, Barcelona, 1975

BASSEGODA, J., El Gran Gaudí, Ausa, Sabadell, 1989

CIRLOT, J. E., La pintura surrealista, Seix Barral, Barcelona, 1954

CIRLOT, L., Las claves del dadaísmo, Planeta, Barcelona, 1991

CIRLOT, L. (ed.), Primeras vanguardias artísticas. Textos y documentos, Labor, Barcelona, 1993

COEN, E., Futurismo, Catálogo de la exposición, Museo Picasso, Barcelona, 1996

CONRADS, U., Programas y manifiestos de la arquitectura del siglo XX, Lumen, Barcelona, 1973

DE MICHELI, M., Las vanguardias artísticas del siglo XX, Alianza, Madrid, 1999 (1966)

DENVIR, B., El fauvismo y el expresionismo, Labor, Barcelona, 1975

ELDERFIELD, J., El fauvismo, Alianza, Madrid, 1983

ESTÉVEZ, A. T., Gaudí, Susaeta, Madrid, 2005 (2002)

ESTÉVEZ, A. T., Arquitectura de Gaudí, Tikal ediciones, Madrid, 2011 (2010)

ESTÉVEZ, A. T., Enciclopedia ilustrada: Gaudí, Susaeta, Madrid, 2010

GOLDING, J., El cubismo: una historia y un análisis, Alianza, Madrid, 1993 (1959)

HITCHCOCK, H. R., Arquitectura: siglos XIX y XX, Cátedra, Madrid, 1981

PEVSNER, N., Los orígenes de la arquitectura moderna y del diseño, Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 1976

SCHMUTZLER, R., El Modernismo, Alianza, Madrid, 1980

SELZ, P., La pintura expresionista alemana, Alianza, Madrid, 1989 (1957)

STERNER, G., Modernismos, Labor, Barcelona, 1982 (1977)

URBANO, J (Ed.), La Mansana de la Discòrdia, GRHAD, 2015