Contemporary Art and Culture

Academic year
Subject Area
Fine Arts
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Art and Modern Culture.

Teaching Methods

Each class will have 50% of their time devoted to theory and 50% to practical analysis of works of art. There will be guidance and monitoring of specific investigations.

Learning Outcomes

Understand the nature of art inside culture.

- Deal with art as a form of knowledge and a media platform between mankind and the world.

- Realize the difference between the object of art and the object of design.

- Understand the relation between art and media, art and science and art and philosophy.

- Distinguish the idea of beauty and ugly in an historical perspective.

- Acquire the ability to do a critical analysis of the work of art and 

- Identify major aesthetic movements that underlie the development of the paradigms of contemporary art and culture.

- Acquire a general overview of contemporary artistic production.

- Interact with works of art in guided tours of exhibitions.     

Work Placement(s)



- Art and culture.

- Theory of art: art and aesthetic cognition, art and communication.

- Artwork and aesthetic object - aestheticization of the world.

- Art, science and technology.

- Mechanisms of legitimating the artwork.

- Art as a"gratuitous essential."

- The language of art: discourses, techniques and vocabulary.

- Models of reading the image.

- The evolution of the space of representation: From Caravaggio, Velázquez and Manet to Lucian Freud, Morimura or Mapplethorpe.

- Modernity and Modernism: Manet and Marcel Duchamp.

- The Vanguards and Futurism.

- The Duchamp paradigm in a diachronic perspective: from conceptual art to current transdiciplinarity (appropriation and quotation).

- Deconstruction and Post-Modernity: Disciplinary Mergers in Photography, Video, Sculpture, Dance, Cinema and Digital Culture.

Head Lecturer(s)

José Augusto Maçãs da Silva Carvalho

Assessment Methods

Exam: 100.0%


Almeida, Bernardo Pinto, O plano da imagem, Assírio & Alvim, Lisboa, 1997.

Almeida, Bernardo Pinto, Transição – a nova paisagem artística no final do século xx, Assírio & Alvim, Lisboa, 2002.

Barbosa, Pedro, Metamorfoses do real – Arte, Imaginário e conhecimento estético, Afrontamento, 1995.

Cabanne, Pierre, Marcel Duchamp: Engenheiro do Tempo Perdido, Assírio & Alvim, 1990.

Cádima, Francisco Rui, História e crítica da comunicação, Séc XXI, 1996.

Coelho, Eduardo Prado, O fio da modernidade, Noticias, 2004.

Foucault, Michel, O que é um autor, Vega, 1995.

Honnef, Klaus, Contemporary Art, Taschen, Koln, 1994.

Lipman, Matthew, What happens in Art, Irvington Publishers, NY, 1983.

Miranda, José Bragança de, Politica e Modernidade, Colibri, Lisboa, 1997.

Vidal, Carlos, Imagens sem disciplina – meios e arte nas últimas décadas, Vendaval, Lisboa, 2002.

Ward, Glenn, Postmodernism, Hodder & Toughton, 1997.