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ARTV408 Totalitarian Art in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and the USSR

A comparative interdisciplinary examination of the entanglement of art and politics in the visual culture (paintings, photography, political posters, propaganda exhibitions, film) and architecture of the European single-party states.

This course is a comparative study of the art, visual culture, and architecture of the twentieth-century European single-party states. We begin by considering the roots of totalitarian art in the avant-garde and modernist movements of the early twentieth century, when artists sought to transform society through the creation of entirely new artistic forms of mass appeal. After examining the distinct ideologies and their manifestation in the art and visual propaganda of the various regimes, we consider a number of comparative topics, including the representation of each regime's ideal "new person", propaganda exhibitions, the leadership cults of Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin, and the urban planning and architecture for the capitols of Berlin, Rome and Moscow. We also consider the symbolic confrontation of Fascism and Communism at the Paris Exposition of 1937, followed by an exploration of the war art and visual propaganda produced by Germany and the USSR during WW2. In conclusion, we consider the legacy of totalitarianism in contemporary art and recent developments in Eastern Europe, including the growing authoritarianism of Putinism and the censorship of contemporary art in the Russian Federation. The bulk of assessment is devoted to a semester long research project on a topic developed by the student in consultation with the lecturer.

Paper title Totalitarian Art in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and the USSR
Paper code ARTV408
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,076.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
54 300-level ARTH, ARTV or VISC points
Restriction
ARTH 323, ARTH 423, ARTV 308
Notes
May not be credited together with ARTH 319 passed in 2003.
Contact
erika.wolf@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Erika Wolf
Textbooks
Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Deepen students' knowledge of the range of art produced under the patronage of a variety of 20th century political regimes and to develop a critical understanding of the political, artistic, and ethical issues relevant to studying this art
  • Develop awareness of the significance of this art and its reception to the broader histories of 20th century and contemporary art
  • Cultivate independent research and self-motivated learning
  • Deepen students' knowledge of the range of art produced under the patronage of a variety of 20th century political regimes and to develop a critical understanding of the political, artistic, and ethical issues relevant to studying this art
  • Develop awareness of the significance of this art and its reception to the broader histories of 20th century and contemporary art and cultivate independent research, self-motivated learning and the provision of critical feedback
  • Polish professional/academic presentation skills

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

A comparative interdisciplinary examination of the entanglement of art and politics in the visual culture (paintings, photography, political posters, propaganda exhibitions, film) and architecture of the European single-party states.

We begin by considering the roots of totalitarian art in the avant-garde and modernist movements of the early twentieth century, when artists sought to transform society through the creation of entirely new artistic forms of mass appeal.

After examining the distinct ideologies and their manifestation in the art and visual propaganda of the various regimes, we consider a number of comparative topics, including the representation of each regime's ideal new person; propaganda exhibitions; the leadership cults of Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin; and the urban planning and architecture for the capitols of Berlin, Rome and Moscow. We also consider the symbolic confrontation of Fascism and Communism at the Paris Exposition of 1937, followed by an exploration of the war art and visual propaganda produced by Germany and the USSR during WW2.

In conclusion, we consider the legacy of totalitarianism in contemporary art and recent developments in Eastern Europe, including the growing authoritarianism of Putinism and the censorship of contemporary art in the Russian Federation. The bulk of assessment is devoted to a semester-long research project on a topic developed by the student in consultation with the lecturer.

Paper title Totalitarian Art in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and the USSR
Paper code ARTV408
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
54 300-level ARTH, ARTV or VISC points
Restriction
ARTH 323, ARTH 423, ARTV 308
Notes
May not be credited together with ARTH 319 passed in 2003.
Contact
erika.wolf@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Erika Wolf
Textbooks
Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, research, self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Deepen students' knowledge of the range of art produced under the patronage of a variety of 20th-century political regimes and to develop a critical understanding of the political, artistic, and ethical issues relevant to studying this art
  • Develop awareness of the significance of this art and its reception to the broader histories of 20th-century and contemporary art
  • Cultivate independent research and self-motivated learning
  • Deepen students' knowledge of the range of art produced under the patronage of a variety of 20th-century political regimes and to develop a critical understanding of the political, artistic, and ethical issues relevant to studying this art
  • Develop awareness of the significance of this art and its reception to the broader histories of 20th-century and contemporary art and cultivate independent research, self-motivated learning and the provision of critical feedback
  • Polish professional/academic presentation skills

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 10-12, 17-18, 21-22