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The international workshop ‘The Discovery of Central-Plan Forms. Architecture in France and the Czech Lands between 1500 and 1800’
16 / 04 / 2014

The international workshop ‘The Discovery of Central-Plan Forms. Architecture in France and the Czech Lands between 1500 and 1800’

The international workshop ‘The Discovery of Central-Plan Forms. Architecture in France and the Czech Lands between 1500 and 1800’ organised by Institute of Art History ASCR and École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) – Sorbonne occurs 16–18 April 2014. The workshop is a part of the prepared project Constance / Change of Architectural Forms: The Czech Lands and France in the Early Modern Era.

Attached file: EPHE_IAH_Prague 2014_program_def.pdf

Institute of Art History joins the Daguerreobase international project
20 / 02 / 2014

Institute of Art History joins the Daguerreobase international project

The autumn of 2012 saw the launch of the unique Daguerreobase international project, with the support of the European Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The aim of the project is to create an extensive database of daguerreotypes, daguerreotype equipment, contemporary reproductions, publications, and other related historical material from public and private collections in Europe. The database, which by the end of the project in March 2015 will contain more than 25 000 records of objects in various European collections, will be accessible to all those who are interested from among the specialist and broader public. In this way a key tool for research into and knowledge of this pioneering era of photography will be created, which will be available not only to specialists in the field of photographic research, but also to those who are interested in other academic disciplines, and which will in addition help protect one of the oldest photographic techniques. Preserving daguerreotypes and spreading knowledge about them is all the more urgent in that every daguerreotype, unlike all other types of photograph, is in principle unique. The Daguerreobase project was initiated by the museums of photography in Antwerp and Rotterdam, and a number of other leading European institutions are involved in it, such as the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Det Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen, and the Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies de la Ville de Paris. The main partner of the project in the Czech Republic is the National Technical Museum in Prague.
Madonnas on a Lion
13 / 02 / 2014

Madonnas on a Lion

The number of exhibits is modest, but in significance it surpasses most other exhibitions held by the Olomouc Museum of Art this year. It is the result of long-term painstaking research by the art historian Prof. Ivo Hlobil from the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The international project Gothic Madonnas on a Lion / Splendor et Virtus Reginae Coeli was prepared by art historians for four years so that it could present in a representative way a remarkable phenomenon of European High Gothic sculpture – the Virgin Mary depicted sitting or standing on a lion. Finally, in the Olomouc Archdiocesan Museum from 13 February to 11 May, fifteen Madonnas will be exhibited that have been loaned from Poland, Germany, Austria, and the Louvre in Paris.

Attached file: TZ_MUO_Goticke_madony_na_lvu.docx

Buquoysʼ Rožmberk. Visual Culture of an Aristocratic Seat in the Period of Romantic Historicism
20 / 12 / 2013

Buquoysʼ Rožmberk. Visual Culture of an Aristocratic Seat in the Period of Romantic Historicism

The Buquoys’ Rožmberk publication is devoted to an important phase in modern-age building history of Rožmberk Castle, as well as to the life and art patronage of the Buquoy family who then owned the castle, especially to Georg Johann Heinrich Buquoy (1814–1882). The book charts events associated with the establishment of the Rožmberk “castle museum” in the mid-19th century on the basis of written records and recently discovered pictorial sources. The museum was not only to celebrate the family history of Longueval de Buquoy, but it also housed an extensive art collection open to the public. The investor’s comprehensive concept involved architectural modifications to the castle complex and its surroundings, its furnishing and decoration, as well as its continuous pictorial documentation. The related tasks were commissioned from both local artists and craftsmen and those from Vienna.

Attached file: BR_obsah.docx

Best wishes for 2014
17 / 12 / 2013

Best wishes for 2014

The Institute of Art History wishes you all the best for 2014.
The Palatium 1400–1700 International Colloquium in Prague
06 / 12 / 2013

The Palatium 1400–1700 International Colloquium in Prague

The ESF project entitled Palatium 1400–1700 has now moved into its second half and has turned from the residences of the Valois and Habsburg families to the theme of summer houses. On 5–7 June 2014 an international colloquium will take place in Prague, which is being prepared by the Palatium 1400–1700 team in cooperation with the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The programme of the colloquium will consist of papers on those parts of residential complexes which we most often find in Central European sources from the 15th to the 19th century under the name of Lusthaus. In addition to the purely philological question of delimiting the term, an important part of the Prague meeting will be the typological identification of these buildings in terms of culture, history, and construction, with particular reference to the relationship with functionally similar architectural entities such as hunting lodges, villas, garden pavilions, and casinos. Researchers will also devote attention to the iconology of the decoration of these additional buildings in residential complexes and to the urbanistic function of the gardens, parks, and game preserves in which these buildings were situated. The call for papers ends on 31 January 2014. More information at www.courtresidences.eu
Art in an Unsettled Time
01 / 11 / 2013

Art in an Unsettled Time

The international workshop “Art in an Unsettled Time. Boheian illumination book before Guttenberg (ca.1380–1450)”, organised by the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in cooperation with the Institut für Mittelalterforschung – Schrift- und Buchwesen of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, will take place on 12-14 November 2013. To tie in with this, an exhibition with the same title will be opened on 6 November 2013 at 17:00 in the window gallery of the Institute of Art History at 4 Husova Street in Prague. The exhibition also forms part of the largest event aimed at popularising science in the Czech Republic, the Week of Science and Technology, which this week takes place on 1-14 November 2013 with the theme “Fascination with the World”.

Attached file: Workshop Art in an unsettled time.pdf

Attached file: abstracts Art in an unsettled time.pdf

Rostislav Švácha awarded the Prize of the Ministry of Culture
24 / 10 / 2013

Rostislav Švácha awarded the Prize of the Ministry of Culture

On 24 October 2013 Professor Rostislav Švácha from the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, was awarded the Prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic “for his unrivalled contribution to making known and popularising modern and contemporary architecture, and for his intensive defence of our cultural heritage”. Our congratulations!
Umění / Art 2013–4
22 / 10 / 2013

Umění / Art 2013–4

The new issue of Umění / Art brings e.g. an article by Dalibor Veselý (Surrealism, Mannerism and Disegno Interno), a treatise by Hedvika Kuchařová and Radim Vondráček (Censorship of Religious Printed Images in the 1820s–1839s), or the study by Daniela Kramerová ('We Sell Dreams': Work Commissioned by the Shah of Iran from Czech Artists in the 1970s).

Attached file: umeni4.png

Studia Rudolphina 12–13
20 / 08 / 2013

Studia Rudolphina 12–13

The double issue (nos.12–13) of the bulletin Studia Rudolphina has been just published by the Center for Visual Arts and Culture in the Age of Rudolf II.
Umění / Art 2013–3
19 / 08 / 2013

Umění / Art 2013–3

A recently discovered list of contracts signed with artists who worked on Albrecht of Wallenstein's palace in Prague is presented in the new issue of Umění/Art by Barbora Klipcová and Petr Uličný in the article "Domenico Pugliani: A New Face in the History of Wallenstein Palace in Prague". Do not miss the other topics: a copyright dispute in 1897 – Ohmann versus Grisebach, or the battle over modern architecture: August Perret versus Le Corbusier – Le Corbusier versus Karel Teige.
The Buquoys Rožmberk
15 / 08 / 2013

The Buquoys Rožmberk

The Institute of Art History of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic presents collection of photographs, plans, drawings and graphics which have been restored within the frame of the project "Rescuing Memory: the restoration of Buquoy Property and its Place in Czech Identity (NAKI). The exhibits, some of them have never been shown in public to date. Now until 31 October 2013

Attached file: Rozmberk_invitation_en.pdf

Shapes Forms Ideas
26 / 07 / 2013

Shapes Forms Ideas

The seventeen original texts assembled here as a tribute to the prominent Czech architectural historian and theorist Rostislav Švácha (* 1952). “Shapes” refers to his book Lomené, hranaté a obloukové tvary. Česká kubistická architektura 1911–1923 [Pointed, Square, and Arched Shapes. Czech Cubist Architecture 1911–1923] (2000), which reflects his interest in the classic figures of art history and in the psychology of shape. Rostislav Švácha’s reflections on space which is also a specific form and idea follows an intellectual line leading from a purely formal, stylistic interpretation to a deeper understanding of the ideas underlying works of art.

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Umění / Art 2013–2
21 / 06 / 2013

Umění / Art 2013–2

In the second issue of Umění / Art 2013–2 we would like to draw your attention to articles about an ornamental system called "fleuronné", the architecture of Prague's sixteenth and seventeenth-century synagogues or the work of the architect Bernhard Grueber. From others contributions do not miss review by Rostislav Švácha on Bratislava’s mass housing: Welcome to Prefab Story!
Cubisti, cubismo
02 / 06 / 2013

Cubisti, cubismo

The Director of the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prof. Vojtěch Lahoda, was involved in the preparation of the international exhibition Cubisti Cubismo, which is open from 8 March to 23 June 2013 at the Complesso Monumentale del Vittoriano in Rome. The curator, Charlotte N. Eyerman, an art historian from Los Angeles, planned it as a wide-ranging survey of Cubists and Cubism, from Picasso, through Russian artists, to figures from the USA (Max Weber) and Great Britain (Wyndham Lewis). She presented Cubism as a trend that eventually influenced all local schools, and emphasised the spread of Cubism into decorative art, architecture (Czech examples were at least shown in photographs and a model of Chochol’s house in Neklanova Street), and into film. Czech participation in the exhibition suffers as a result of the well-known restriction on lending works of art, due to the unresolved case of Diag Human. Czech paintings are therefore represented by a single work, František Foltýn’s Portrait of Dostojevsky from 1922.
Kokoschka public and private in Czechoslovakia: new evidence, new insights
02 / 06 / 2013

Kokoschka public and private in Czechoslovakia: new evidence, new insights

Keith Holz, Associate Professor of the Western Illinois University in Macomb, examines in his lecture held on 12 June 2013 at 3.30 p.m. in the Institute of Art History, Husova 4, Prague 1, room 117, newly available letters by and about Oskar Kokoschka form Moscow and Zürich archives. This lecture revises extant interpretations of his art and activities in Czechoslovakia (1934–1938). Kokoschka's public role as an outspoken advocate for human rights, his pursuit of democracy through educational reform (the Volkshochschule movement), and his role as a critic of fascist governments are related to his less understood, but elaborate, network of supporters, friends and family within and beyond the borders of the Republic.

Attached file: 20130612_Holz.pdf

Umění / Art 2013–1
16 / 04 / 2013

Umění / Art 2013–1

The new issue of Umění / Art has been just published. Among the articles it contains, we would lite to draw your attention to Michal Šroněk's study focused on the Evangelist Jan Hus as an iconographic type. Milan Pavlík analysis a Baroque plan to prove the authorship of J. B. Santini, or Hubert Guzik demonstrates how the Czech collective houses (koldomy) originated independently of their counterparts abroad.

Attached file: Umění LXI_1.pdf

Umění / Art 2012–6
25 / 03 / 2013

Umění / Art 2012–6

The new issue of Umění / Art has been just published. Among the articles it contains, we would like to draw your attention to Jindřich Vybíral, Petr Wittlich or Marie Rakušanová. The Jindřich Vybíral’s study looks at the reconstructions, renovations, and new structures designed for the chateaux and residences of the nobility by Leopold Bauer in 1904–1910. This prominent Viennese architect, working at that time in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia executed five important projects of this kind (Zlín, Linhartovy, Kněžice, Ždánice and Roztěž). Petr Wittlich deals with the Czech sculptor Bohumil Kafka (1878–1942. In 1906 Rodin invited him to Meudon. Through Hébrard, whose company did the lost-wax casting of his sculpture, Kafka acquainted with the work of Rembrandt Bugatti and tried to equal him with his own work in the Jardin des Plantes. The study by Marie Rakušanová is devoted to the reflections on art, artists, and artistic activities written by the all-round creative individual Josef Váchal (1884–1969). This Czech artist incorporated forms of modern art into his magic theory of art, parallels to which can be found in the theories of Vasilij Kandinski, G. F. Harlaub, and Johannes Molzahn.

Attached file: obsah_umeni_art_6_2012.pdf

Max Dvořák the Imperialist
17 / 03 / 2013

Max Dvořák the Imperialist

Max Dvořák is often seen as a crucial figure in the development of art history in central Europe in the early twentieth century. Sir Ernst Gombrich recalled, for example, that his death in 1921 was greeted as a major public event. For Czechs in particular he was often lauded as being a representative of Czech scholarship, who helped establish an authentically 'Czech' art history. Yet for all that Dvořák was often attacked by German nationalist voices, he was hardly driven by strong Czech national sentiment. Indeed, his political views were clearly those of a loyal Habsburg subject, who argued for maintenance of the political and social status quo, and whose political views underpinned much of his art historical writing. Dvořák was thus in many respects a supporter of Habsburg imperialism. In this paper professor Matthew Rumplay (University of Birmingham) explores these claims, and consider ways in which Dvořák can be seen as an apologist for the imperial order.

Attached file: 20130327_Rampley.pdf

Concept – Image – Reception
07 / 03 / 2013

Concept – Image – Reception

“Baroque Ceiling Painting in European Monasteries” will be the theme of a conference to be held in Bratislava on 19-21 September 2013. It will focus in particular on issues relating to the relationship between image and text and the reception of monumental paintings in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The conference will be organised by the Institute of Art History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe, the Department of Art History of Masaryk University in Brno, and the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Attached file: CFP_Bratislava_2013_09.pdf