Spanish Contemporary Art

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Contemporary Art

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Art History, European Studies, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    The course provides an introduction to Spanish contemporary art, it examines the concepts behind the work and the evolution of Spanish art in relation to similar movements in Europe and the United States The course is complimented by visits to relevant exhibitions in Barcelona and talks by professional artists.



         - Fluent in English


    Art in the 70’s Ephemeral Art reinvidication, When attitudes became art, Harald Szeemann, Suisse 1968
         - Pop art, Minimalism.
         - Conceptual Art, Body Art, Land Art, Art Povera, Feminist Art

    Introduction to Spanish Artists
         - Spanish Artists Miro, Picasso, Juan Gris, Dali
         - Chillida, Orteiza, Tapies, Saura, Brossa,
         - Guinovart, Canogar, Millares……

    Spanish Conceptual Art
         - Antoni Llena, Grup de treball, Antoni Muntades,
         - Francesc Abad, Fina Miralles, Francesc Torres, Àngels Ribé…

    Art in the 1980’s
         - The role of the big exhibition in the international art situation;
         - Documenta de Kassel 1982- Barcelo, Basquait, Miriam Cahn, Tony Cragg, Rebecca Horn….

    New Painting Movements, German Neo Expressionism, Italian Transvanguarda…
         - Spanish painters: Miguel Barceló, Garcia Sevilla, Victor Mira, José Maria Sicilia, Broto…Juan Usle
         - Spanish sculptors: Christina Iglesias, Susan Solano, Juan Munoz, Jaume Plensa, Perejaume….

    Art in the ‘90s Neo conceptual art
         - Performance Art
         - Installation Art
         - Video Art
         - Photography Art
         - Spanish Art Situation

    The new strategies in Art
         - Spanish post living art Marcel-li Antúnez, Eulalia Valldosera….

    Assignments and presentations are set throughout the course.
         - Visit to Exhibitions are often at reduced entry prices for groups and student are expected to pay the corresponding entry fee.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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