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Utopie in Helsinki
07 / 09 / 2014

Utopie in Helsinki

At the end of August (29-31 August 2014) the fourth major conference took place in the regular series convened and prepared every two years by EAM (the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies). The venue for this year’s conference was the university in Helsinki, and the main theme was the concept of utopia from the viewpoint of interdisciplinary and intermedial research into modernism and the avant-garde in Europe. During the three days some 300 papers were presented in numerous parallel panels, and every evening a keynote lecture was given. The Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, was represented at the conference by Vojtěch Landa and Lenka Bydžovská, who presented a paper in the panel “Artistic couples: a utopia of creative collaboration and ideal partnership”. The meetings organised by EAM are always an excellent opportunity to extend specialist contacts in the field and to prepare various international projects.
Czech and German edition of the catalogue: Josef Führich. From Chrastava to Vienna
05 / 09 / 2014

Czech and German edition of the catalogue: Josef Führich. From Chrastava to Vienna

We are glad to inform you that a catalogue has just been published, in a parallel Czech and German edition, to accompany the exhibition Josef Führich (1800–1876). From Chrastava to Vienna. The texts by Pavla Machalíková and Petr Tomášek examine the changes in Führich’s work in the context of the development of the visual arts in the Czech lands, and Führich’s position in the interpretation of changes in painting in the 19th century.
Oriental Silks at the Court of the Bohemian Kings
28 / 08 / 2014

Oriental Silks at the Court of the Bohemian Kings

You are invited to attend the latest in the regular series of meetings entitled The Middle Ages in Motion, which will be held in the Institute building at Husova 4, Prague 1, in room 117 on the first floor, on Thursday 4 September 2014 at 16:00. The lecturer, Evelin Wetter from the Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg, will examine issues related to oriental textiles in the milieu of the Bohemian royal court. You will be welcome to attend!

Attached file: SD_22_Wetter.pdf

Advaced-level Workshop in Photograph Conservation
11 / 08 / 2014

Advaced-level Workshop in Photograph Conservation

The restorer Tereza Cíglerová from the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, took part in an international workshop on the identification and restoration of colour and digital photographs from 28 July to 8 August 2014. The workshop, entitled Advanced-Level Workshop in Photograph Conservation: Identification and Conservation Strategies for Color and Digital Prints, was organised for restorers of photographs, in particular from Central and Eastern Europe, by the Getty Conservation Institute. The two-week training course was held in the Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum) in Budapest.

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Looking for Leisure: The ESF Conference in Prague
15 / 05 / 2014

Looking for Leisure: The ESF Conference in Prague

The conference ’Looking for Leisure: Court Residences and their Satellites, 1400–1700 will take place 5–7 June 2014 in the Academic Conference Center Husova 4a, Prague 1, 110 00. The aim of the conference is to draw attention to small buildings in residential complexes – small only in size but not in importance. We will study the relationship of the palazzotto to European palaces and examine their function as pendants but also counterparts to the large palatial buildings. The idea of a small palace usually made it possible to develop certain ideological programs that would have been difficult to achieve with only the large palace.

Attached file: Looking for Leisure_2014.docx

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

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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).

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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.