The MAXXI Art and MAXXI Architecture Collections are housed in the spectacularly ultra-modern MAXXI building, designed by architect Zaha Hadid - known for her fantastical designs.
This course presents some important vignettes of a complex, highly diverse India that is also witnessing unprecedented changes since its formal independence in 1947 from Great Britain.
The works of art you will explore in this course may also serve as points of departure to make your own abstract paintings. You may choose to participate in the studio exercises, for which you are invited to post images of your own paintings to the discussion boards, or you may choose to complete the course through its quizzes and written assessments only.
This is a trouvaille for those who wish to learn their way around art. It provides the basic theoretical foundations as well as describes genres and techniques. Listeners find out how to learn to enjoy contemporary art and “read” artworks, as well as what “point of view” is, and why this “piece of plastic” is a masterpiece.
Perhaps one of the most controversial movements of the Modernist era was Futurism, which, at a cursory glance, likened humans to machines and vice versa in order to embrace change, speed, and innovation in society while discarding artistic and cultural forms and traditions of the past.
A specifically English artistic movement, since its mouthpiece was the famed London-based magazine Blast, Vorticism followed in the same vein as Futurism in that it relished in the innovative advances of the machine age and embraced the possible virtues of dynamic change that were to follow.
As Cubism and Futurism spread west to Russia at the end of the 1910s, they were absorbed into the utopian spirit of the October Revolution, thus creating a new art movement known as Constructivism, which embraced theory that art should be “constructed” from modern industrial materials such as plastic, steel, and glass in order to serve a societal purpose instead of merely making an abstract statement.
We don’t have to appreciate the same kind of art. Contemporary art is wide enough to appeal to almost everybody, as long as you see a wide variety of things and pick up things you truly enjoy.
You don’t always have to agree with the artists. In fact, it is equally interesting when you don’t. Understand that both two feelings are completely legitimate.
Don’t be afraid of reading the text, whether it’s the caption written by the artist or description by the curator. Use that only as an additional piece of information and do not let that dictate your thoughts.
Have you ever wondered about the difference between modern and contemporary art?
We provide an opportunity to familiarize yourself with our learning platform and introduce yourself to contemporary art from all over the world. Contact us to get more detailed information about our courses.