28 / 04 / 2016
Just at the beginning of July the International Bridges Group will meet in Prague for the second symposium. The major topic of the discussion will be the Charles Bridge with its spectacular gate tower. In addition, a one day trip to Písek has been planned as this medieval town is home of the oldest standing bridge in the Czech Republic.
Attached file: IBG Prague July 8-10.pdf
13 / 03 / 2016
An exhibition in House of Photography (Prague City Gallery) presents a Viennese photographer Andreas Groll as a pioneer of photography. His name is inextricably linked with the beginnings of photography in the Czech lands. The exhibition is a result of many years of research, which was generated by a rediscovery of Groll's photographs in the collection of the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
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08 / 02 / 2016
We would like to invite you to the exhibition "In Honour of Aleš Veselý. Without a Beginning, without an End", held in Museum Kampa from 2 February till 28 February 2016. With its title, the exhibition symbolically connects a series of exhibitions that Aleš Veselý (1935–2015) prepared last autumn to celebrate his eightieth birthday. Shown was a selection of works from the early 1960‘s to the present day, which in brief presented works that belong to the artist's vast creation, which is substantial and approaches the thematic range and depth of his philosophically oriented art. Apart from some famous assemblages and objects the exhibition comprises drawings, designs to the sculptural projects, blind prints of the assemblages, as well as the monumental and expressive "drawings-paintings" from 1980s. A set of four objects Q. ein sof made of polished stainless steel (2012) has not been exhibited hitherto. It presents the problem of "mirrored surfaces", which was the topic of Veselý´s work from the beginning of 1990s and which found its form in his monumental sculptures; for the last time in the Law of Irreversibility (2015) at the Terezín Memorial, the site of the former Nazi concentration camp.
The exhibition was prepared by Alena Bartková, the assistent of Aleš Veselý, and by Mahulena Nešlehová from the Institute of Art History, CAS.
Attached file: vesely_skladacka_tisk.pdf
03 / 12 / 2015
The Dr. Alfred Bader Scholarship for doctoral students for research into European art and architecture
The Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Czech Association of Art Historians, announces a competition for the Dr. Alfred Bader Scholarship for doctoral students for research into European art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. In 2016 up to three high-quality projects will be supported from the grant that has kindly been provided by the foundation Bader Philanthropies, Inc. The deadline for submitting applications is 31 January 2016. Details about the scholarship can be found in the attachment.
Attached file: Bader_Stipendium_soutez_2016_final.pdf
23 / 11 / 2015
On Friday 20 November 2015 an international workshop on “Elites in the 20th Century: Continuity or Discontinuity” took place in the Academic Conference Centre in Husova street in Prague. It was organised within the framework of Strategy AV21 by the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. The theme of the interdisciplinary dialogue was the role and fortunes of political and intellectual elites in connection with the changes in political regimes in Central Europe in the 20th century (in particular the watershed years 1918, 1938/1939, 1945, and 1989/1990).
Attached file: WS Elites Prague 2015.pdf
19 / 11 / 2015
We have great pleasure in announcing that our colleague, the art historian PhDr. Klára Benešovská, CSc., Head of the Department of Mediaeval Art at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, was made a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg) in Prague, on the premises of the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the Czech Republic, Estonia and the Ukraine, on Wednesday, 18 November, 2015. The order of knighthood was conferred by Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Duke of Nassau, and Dr. Benešovská received it at the hands of Her Excellency Michèle Pranchère-Tomassini, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Dr. Benešovská was awarded this state decoration for her longstanding research work and outstanding results in the field of the historical and cultural relationships and artistic exchanges between Luxembourg and Bohemia during the reigns of John of Luxembourg and Charles IV. The most important scholarly achievements of Dr. Benešovská on this theme include the following publications:
05 / 11 / 2015
We are delighted to announce that the foundation Bader Philanthropies, Inc. (Milwaukee, U. S. A., http://hbf.org/) has kindly decided to award a grant to the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IAH CAS), which during the next three years will once again make it possible to support projects prepared by art history students. The award of this grant continues the support that the prominent chemist and philanthropist Dr. Alfred Bader and his wife Isabel have provided to Czech students in previous years.
23 / 10 / 2015
The exhibition “A Sense of Art. Prizes Given by the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts, 1891–1952” presents the visual, musical and literary works of art that were awarded prizes by the predecessor of what is today the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Taťána Petrasová from the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, who is responsible for the exhibition, was able to draw on the professional support of Veronika Hulíková, a curator at the National Gallery, and the exceptional architectural design of the architect and artist Isabela Grosseová.
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20 / 10 / 2015
RIHA-Meeting in Rome
This year the annual meeting of the local editors of the RIHA-journal was held in Rome in Biblioteca Hertziana (7th–8th /8th–10th/ October). It was organized by Max-Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte. The work meeting focused on discussions dealing with the journal´s progress and its position. It was followed by the annual meeting of the directors of the institutes, which enabled a common debate on the open access publishing and other possibilities in the orientation of the journal. The Institute of Art History was represented by Vojtěch Lahoda and Pavla Machalíková.
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16 / 10 / 2015
Science - Nation - History
We would like to invite you to the exhibition Science - Nation - History, which is organized by the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic and the National Museum on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the AS CR. The exhibition takes place from 16th October till 10th January 2016 in the New building of the National Museum, Vinohradská 1, Prague 1. A presentation of the Institute of Art History AS CR belongs to the exhibition. For more information see.
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Attached file: Věda - národ - dějiny.pdf
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09 / 09 / 2015
On 7 September 2015 Helena Dáňová from the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences delivered a lecture at the 7th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference (EAFS 2015).
02 / 08 / 2015
Looking Back at the workshop Photographs and Their Environment: Decision-making for Sustainability
The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), in cooperation with the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IAH), held an international workshop on restoring and conserving photographic material in Prague on 13-24 July 2015. The workshop took place mainly in the premises of the Department of Photography at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts and in the Academic Conference Centre. The principal organiser of the event on behalf of the CGI was the project specialist and photograph restorer Tram Vo, while for the IAH it was Tereza Cíglerová, who was also one of the Czech participants in the workshop.
The main theme of the workshop was photographs and their environment. Suitable conditions and materials for the storing, exhibition, and transport of photographs were presented and discussed, in keeping with the latest state of knowledge and with an emphasis on constantly monitoring the environment. The insights gained were then verified and compared during numerous practical exercises and several excursions to depositories in selected research establishments.
A further aim of the workshop was the strengthening of contacts between restorers from different countries and the transfer of theoretical and practical experience between the course participants and the instructors. The meeting was attended by 17 photograph restorers from the following countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Japan, Argentina, and Australia. The instructors at this summer school were leading experts in the field of the restoration, conservation, and preventive care of photographs, and in some cases researchers working on projects relating to the quality of the environment of the artistic heritage. They were: Bertrand Lavédrine (Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections, Paris), Sylvie Pénichon (The Art Institute of Chicago), Tomáš Vyhlídal (Czech Technical University, Prague), Jana Krizanova (Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava/Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and Jiří Smolík (The Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague).
The event was also financially supported by the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
28 / 07 / 2015
Anežka Merhautová has passed away
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of PhDr. Anežka Merhautová, DrSc., who died at the age of 95 on 22 July 2015. This leading researcher in the field of Romanesque art was one of the few Czech art historians to achieve international fame. Her professional career was linked with the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where she worked from the time this research establishment was set up in 1952. An imposing number of her publications rank among the standard works on the history of architecture, painting, sculpture, and decorative art in the Czech lands from the late 9th to the mid-13th centuries.
Attached file: Parte_Anela_Merhautova.pdf
02 / 07 / 2015
On 29 May 2015 the results of the first biennial competition for young authors published in the journal Umění/Art were announced at an informal ceremony in Café Kampus. Twenty-one researchers in the early stages of their careers took part in the competition, with a total of twenty-four articles published in the high-impact journal Umění/Art in the period 2013-2014. The first prize went to Jan Zachariáš for his article “Vincent van Gogh’s A Pair of Shoes: An Attempt at an Interpretation” (Umění LII, 2014, pp. 354–370). The jury also gave a special mention to Věra Laštovičková for her study “Architektur als ‘versteinerte Musik’: Die theoretische Reflexion der Architektur in der deutschen Romantik und bei Bernhard Grueber” (Umění LII, 2014, pp. 439–453) and to Tomáš Murár for the essay “‘The Entertainment of His Most Excellent Majestie Charles II’: Royalty Representation and its Visualization in a Festival Book by John Ogilby and Wenceslaus Hollar” (Umění LII, 2014, pp. 516–528). Original diplomas were designed for all the award-winners by Jan Šerých, who is responsible for the current graphic design of the magazine Umění/Art.
26 / 06 / 2015
Photographs and Their Environment: Decision-making for Sustainability
The Institute of Art History, the Czech Academy of Sciences is pleased to invite you to public lectures organized as a part of the advanced-level workshops in photograph conservation offered by the Getty Conservation Institute. Bertrand Lavédrine (Centre de Recherches sur la Conservation des Documents Graphiques ) and Tomáš Vyhlídal (The Czech Technical University in Prague) will give their lectures on Thursday, July 16, 2015, 16:00 at the Academic Conference Center, Husova 4a, Praha 1. For a program see this atachement.
Attached file: POSTER_public lecture.pdf
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22 / 06 / 2015
The workshop will be offered on 13 – 24 July 2015 by the Getty Conservation Institute in partnership with the Institute of Art History, The Czech Academy of Sciences. The workshop will take place at the facilities of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), the Department of Photography.
Attached file: POSTER_workshop.pdf
16 / 06 / 2015
Christoph Brachmann, Professor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gives the lecture ’The ‘Naumburg Master: A German Myth Reconsidered‘ held on the 23th June 2015 at 4. 00 p.m. in the Institute of Art History, Husova 4, Prague 1, room 117.
Attached file: brachmann.pdf
16 / 06 / 2015
Artists and artworks of Cubism are displayed now on the exhibition ’Rembrandt’s Tram: Cubism, Tradition, and Other Art’ in Pilsen, Gallery "13", from 10 June 2015 until 13 September 2015.
The Czech Cubism of the Group of Fine Artists
(Skupina vytvarných umělců) is an extraordinary
source of material from which to understand how
the modernist movement related to European tradition
and to ‘other’ art and exotic forms of expression.
The pioneers of Cubism – painters Emil Filla,
Vincenc Beneš, Josef Čapek, Antonín Procházka,
sculptor Otto Gutfreund, architects Pavel Janák,
Josef Gočár, Josef Chochol, Vlastislav Hofman and
others – drew on a broad base of inspirations to
formulate their creative and intellectual ideas. Their
range of interests was regularly on display between
1911 and 1914 in the group’s Art Monthly review
(Umělecký měsíčník) and in the group’s exhibitions.
They embraced a variety of European and non-European
cultures of different periods: from Antiquity
to the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Age and up
to modern French art represented by Paul Cézanne,
André Derain, and Pablo Picasso.
Examples of their work show how they sought to resolve specific problems associated with questions of form and simultaneously to reinforce the legitimacy of modern
expression by tying it to a historical tradition.
Attached file: TZ_Rembrandtova tramvaj. Kubismus, tradice a jiné umění.pdf
09 / 06 / 2015
In the sixth issues of Umění / Art 2014 we would like to draw your attention to articles about ’The Mantegna Tarocchi and the View of the World in Northern Italy in the 15th Century‘ by Eva Skopalová, about the representation of royalty in the article on the book ‘The Entertainment of His Most Excellent Majestie Charles II’ by Tomáš Murár or ‘The Sacred Image in Bohemia in the First Third of the 19th Century’ by Pavla Machalíková.
05 / 06 / 2015
The Oldest Landscaped Parks in the Czech Lands
On Tuesday 26 May 2015 the international workshop “Červený Hrádek under the Buquoys. The Oldest Landscaped Parks in the Czech Lands” took place in the main hall of the chateau in Červený Hrádek near Jirkov. The event was organised by the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences as part of the NAKI project “Rescuing Memory: the Restoration of the Buquoy Property and its Place in Czech Cultural Identity”, in cooperation with the Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening and with the support of Jirkov municipal authority. Opening speeches and words of welcome from Radek Štejnar, the Mayor of Jirkov, and Bedřich Fryč, Director of the Jirkov Cultural and Educational Centre, were followed by presentations by international participants. Géza Hajós (Vienna) described the process of the origin and development of landscaped gardens in England and their early reception in continental Europe. Christian Hlavac (Vienna) dealt with the oldest Austrian foundations, and Roland Puppe (Dresden) examined selected localities in Saxony. The five papers presented in the second section were devoted to the oldest Czech landscaped parks: Krásný Dvůr (Markéta Šantrůčková), Vlašim (Veronika Pincová), Nové Hrady (Martin Krummholz), Veltrusy (Pavel Ecler) and Kačina (Pavel Novák). The speakers in the third section discussed Červený Hrádek itself. Martin Krummholz presented various aspects of its artistic decoration and furnishing, Michal Běčvář considered the fortunes of the chateau around the year 1900, Markéta Šantrůčková reviewed the history and development of the Červený Hrádek park, and Štěpán Bílek examined the recent restoration of the fountain in the garden there. This extremely well-attended event confirmed once again the benefits of interdisciplinary dialogue and the positive role played by cooperation with municipal politicians and the local cultural scene.