2023-2024 / HAAR0008-1

History of Art and Archaeology : the modern era : the 20th century


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Master in communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in journalism (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Julie Bawin

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Description of the teaching unit

This introductory course, given ex cathedra on the basis of a slide projection, is guided by three imperatives that determine the method by which the works are analyzed:

1. To provide historical, iconographic and stylistic informations, as well as any insights (philosophical, sociological, political, economic, scientific, literary, etc.) useful for understanding the forms of artistic expression that have succeeded and/or opposed each other, on the international scene, from 1900 to the present day.

2. Contextualize, i.e. link the history of creation to cultural, political, economic and social history.

3. Familiarize students with the theoretical concepts and interpretive tools needed to analyze works not only in painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture and architecture, but also - for more recent periods - in photography, assemblage, video, installation and performance.

Table of contents

The course is divided into two main parts:

  • 1900 to 1960 (Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Modernism, etc.)
  • 1960 to the present (Pop Art, conceptual art, arte porvera, Land Art, performance art, etc.).
Details of the table of contents are included in the slide show, which is given to students in its entirety.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, students should be able to analyze works both from a stylistic and iconographic point of view, and in terms of the broader context in which they were created. The learning objectives are therefore essentially cognitive, as students are expected to be able to reproduce factual and conceptual knowledge (knowledge of facts, chronology, definitions and comments accompanying the analysis of works), while demonstrating an understanding and mastery of the notions, concepts and aesthetic theories developed and explained throughout the course.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

No prerequisite is required, provided a historical basic training has been provided in secondary school. 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

To achieve its objectives, the course relies on a relatively well-established art-historical pedagogical device, namely the projection of a diaporama that records the general structure of the course, the reproduction of all the works analyzed and the main factual informations (historical landmarks, legends of the works, etc.). Each week, the slideshow is posted online in the "Support des cours" section (My Uliège), enabling students to review the material throughout the term.

However, this course is not accompanied by a syllabus or checklist. As a result, students take their own notes, which - from a pedagogical point of view - facilitates concentration and progressive assimilation of the course. 

Although the course is given ex-cathedra, students are free to ask questions, preferably at the beginning or end of the lesson.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

See : http://cipl82.philo.ulg.ac.be/horaires


It is however possible that one or the other course is given by podcast on e-campus or on MyUliege.

Recommended or required readings

  • As the PowerPoint is updated every year, it is not communicated at the beginning of the course, but as the first term progresses. It is posted online in the "Course materials" section.

  • There is no syllabus or aide-memoire, but students take their own notes.

  • On request, students may be recommended reading on specific subjects.

Some reference works (not obligatory) :

ARDENNE, Paul, Art. L'âge contemporain. Une histoire des arts plastiques à la fin du XXe siècle, Paris, Éditions du Regard, 2003.

BISHOP, Claire, Installation Art: A Critical History, Tate, London 2005.

BUCHLOH, Benjamin H. D., Formalism and Historicity: Models and Methods in Twentieth-Century Art, MIT Press, Cambridge 2015.

CURTIS, William J.R., Modern Architecture since 1900, 3rd edn, Paris, Phaidon, 2006.

DAGEN, Philippe, HANNON, Françoise and MINNAERT, Jean-Baptiste (eds), Histoire de l'art. Époque contemporaine: XIXe-XXIe siècles, Paris, Flammarion, 2011.

DAGEN, Philippe, L'art dans le monde de 1960 à nos jours, Paris, Hazan, 2012

DE MÈREDIEU, Florence, Histoire matérielle et immatérielle de l'art moderne, 3rd edn, Paris, Larousse, 2008.

FOSTER, Hal (ed.), Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism, New York, Thames & Hudson, 2nd ed., 2012.

RORIMER, Anne, New Art in the 60s and 70s: Redefining Reality, New York, Thames & Hudson, 2001.


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Examination takes place in January.

The examination will take the form of a written test. It consists of a questionnaire with several closed and a few open questions.

At the end of the semester, students are presented with sample exam questions. Explanations of expected answers are given.

Exceptional cases:

  • The QCM formula can also be envisaged in the classroom.
  • If distance learning is required, assessment will be by means of an online QCM (e-campus).

Work placement(s)

Not Applicable

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is given in the first trimester on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room S100 (département des sciences historiques).


Enseignant titulaire Julie Bawin quai Roosevelt, 1B, bât. A4, local 0/8 à B-4000 Liège Tél. 04 366 52 77 E-mail jbawin@ulg.ac.be
Secrétariat Josiane DERULLIEUR Tél. 04 366 53 83 ou 5341

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