The art historian Professor Vojtěch Lahoda has passed

The art historian Professor Vojtěch Lahoda has passed

It is with deep regret that we inform you that art historian and former Director of the Institute of Art History Prof. PhDr. Vojtěch Lahoda, CSc. passed on Monday, 18 March 2019 at the age of 63.

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Professor Vojtěch Lahoda was a first-class art historian with a specialization in the history of modernism and the avant-garde. He understood art history in all of its breadth and complexity with an enormous interdisciplinary overlap and did not avoid even complicated theoretical and methodological problems. He contributed many innovative findings in the area of his scientific interest and entirely new perspectives on artistic works. He also served as a recognized university pedagogue at the Charles University. He was an indisputable authority in the field of art history, both on the domestic and foreign scenes. His international significance is proved by a wide range of projects into which he was invited or he himself initiated and in which he actively participated.

“You always circle around the problem you are dealing with from different sides and from different points of view to finally reveal to us what the rest of us often don’t see. At the same time, you do not mechanically repeat the already-tried methods, but you always come up with something new: art history is a creative process in your conception, just as it is with the production of true art,” said Tomáš Winter, current Director of the Institute of Art History, CAS, on his work in his laudation given on the occasion of the presentation of the Award of the Art Historical Society, which Professor Lahoda won in 2017 for long-term contribution to the field of art history.

The departure of Professor Vojtěch Lahoda, our wise colleague and a kind and helpful friend, represents an extremely painful and irreplaceable loss for all his loved ones, for our institute and for the whole field of art history.

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