2023-2024 / HAAR0078-1

Special questions of history of the art of the contemporary period


30h Th, 8d FT Tr. Pr.

Number of credits

 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 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

This course is envisioned as a more analytical and theoretical exploration of 20th century creation. It is therefore necessary to continue learning the knowledge and concepts seen in the first and second years through a course that is organized into two major parts:

1. Analysis of the work and the thought of the artist Marcel Duchamp (including methodologically and historiographically)

2. Analysis of founding texts of contemporary art in French and English (Adorno, Belting, Benjamin, Didi-Hubermann, Foster, Francastel, Haskell, Krauss, etc.)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students should be able to :

  • analyse Marcel Duchamp's work and career, understand his central place in twentieth-century art history and the reasons for his influence on the international neo-avant-garde
  • understand the monographic approach in contemporary art history;
  • confront research questions (because constant links will be made between teaching and research in contemporary art history) ;
  • come into contact with textual sources and understand the importance that certain theoretical texts have had (and still have) on the way works of art are analyzed and interpreted.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course is open to all students, but it is preferable that they have already taken the 20th Century Art History course.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This is a course in which the teaching aids are designed to be as varied as possible:

  • projectionof a diaporama ;
  • projection of documentaries ;
  • projection of films or short videos;
  • bringing students into contact with original works;
  • group exercises ;
  • organization of question-and-answer sessions 
Students are free to ask questions during class.

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

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

  • Diaporama available online in "Support des cours ";
  • Reference texts available online in "Support des cours" (required reading). These texts was compiled by Julie Bawin and Alix Nyssen. 
Readings are recommended throughout the course.

A bibliographical list of reference books and articles on Marcel Duchamp is available on request. 

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Evaluation takes place during the January session.

Evaluation is in two parts:

  • the first part is designed to test the student's knowledge and understanding of the material taught throughout the course;
  • the second part consists of questioning the student on textual sources. For the second part, the student is not asked to study the texts, but to read them carefully in order to explain their general content. An exercise is organized during the first semester, and a "question-and-answer" session is organized with Alix Nyssen, Julie Bawin's assistant. 
The exact modalities of the exam are explained during the course.

PLEASE NOTE: in the case of exams cannot be organized face-to-face, evaluatio will take place via videoconference.



Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course takes place in the first term on Tuesdays from 10am to 12 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@uliege.be
Tél. 04 366 53 83 ou 53 41

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