Research

The AVU Academic Research Centre, which focuses on basic and applied research, the processing of source documentation and a critical evaluation and reinterpretation of Czech fine art from 1945 to the present day, has implemented the following research projects:

2007-2011 / Research project

Czech Art in the Period of Post-Communist Transformation (1980–2005)
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This five-year research project examined key moments in Czech art during the period of transformation from the 1980s to the present day. It placed an emphasis on non-aesthetic and intermedia overlaps. The outputs were regularly documented and edited in online databases and the physical archive of the AVU Research Centre documentation centre.

Main goals:

2013 / Czech and Slovak Architecture 1971–2011. Texts, Interviews, Documents
The anthology examines the past and present situation as regards architecture in eleven problematic and thematic spheres.

2012 / The creation of the history of contemporary art
A symposium on the exhibition Islands of Resistance: Between the First and Second Modernity 1985–2012.

2011 / Between the First and Second Modernity 1985–2012
The exhibition catalogue.

2012 / Islands of Resistance. Between the First and Second Modernity 1985–2012
Collective exhibition Islands of Resistance.

2011/ Czech Art 1980–2010. Texts and Documents
The anthology Czech Art 1980–2010. Texts and Documents focuses on formative moments and processes of the past thirty years.

2010 / CO14 2003–2005
This publication features lectures and public presentations of select artists, art groups and initiatives, curators and art critics.

2008 / (A)Symmetric Histories – Suppressed Frameworks and Eliminated Problems
A volume accompanying the anthologies of Czech and Slovak art of the second half of the 20th century.

2008 / Symposium (A)Symmetric Histories – Suppressed Frameworks and Eliminated Problems
Volume to the anthologies of Czech and Slovak art of the second half of the 20th century.

The AVU Research Centre series
The project focuses on translations of theoretical texts that provide a broader interdisciplinary view of the historical, political and socio-cultural background of the post-Socialist transformation in our region.

2007-2011 / Research project

Czech Art of the 1980s and 1990s – Reflections and Documentation
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This five-year research project gathered together and processed textual and visual documentation relating to Czech art of the 1980s and 90s.  The outputs were regularly documented and edited in online databases and the physical archive of the AVU Research Centre documentation centre. The periodical The Notebook for Art, Theory and Related Zones was published as part of the project, which since 2009 has been peer-reviewed.

Main goals:

2013 / Czech and Slovak Architecture 1971–2011. Texts, Interviews, Documents
The anthology examines the past and present situation as regards architecture in eleven problematic and thematic spheres.

2011 / Czech Art 1980–2010. Texts and Documents
The anthology Czech Art 1980–2010. Texts and Documents focuses on formative moments and processes of the past thirty years.

AVU Research Centre’s on-line video archive database
In May 2010 the AVU Research Centre’s on-line video-archive database was launched as part of the i-datum contemporary art database.

Bibliobase
An on-line database of bibliographical data that offers well-arranged information about the history of Czech post-war visual culture.

1999-2004 / Research project
Modern and Post-Modern Art after 1945

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This six-year research project involved the processing of source material and a critical evaluation and reinterpretation of the history of Czech fine art after the Second World War, with an emphasis on a reflection of the politico-historical context and with consideration for the parallel discourse of the art world. The outputs of the research and interpretative work were regularly documented and edited and a new online database entitled Bibliobase created along with the archive of the Academic Research Centre. The research outputs were gradually introduced on a national and international level. The AVU Research Centre was involved in several international activities (NEW MOMENT) and research projects (vektor, Gravity), by means of which it is attempting to place Czech art within a global context.

Main goals:

2007 / Utopien & Konflikte. Dokumente und Manifeste zur Tschechischen Kunst 1938–1989
The German editon of the revised and complemented anthology Czech Art 1938-1989.

2001 / Czech Art 1938–1989. Manifestos / Critical Texts / Documents
An anthology of manifestos and theoretical texts on Czech post-war art.

1999 / Programmes and Impulses / Czech Art 1939–1999
The collection of the symposium papers.

Bibliobase
An on-line database of bibliographical data that offers well-arranged information about the history of Czech post-war visual culture.

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