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Course content

This is an advanced course in recent art and art theory.

It is organized as a series of in-depth studies of a host of artists whose work have been central to art practice and discourse since 1950. We place particular focus on the different art historical and art critical positions that find expression in the literature produced on and around these artists.

In addition the course provides a general overview of the most important movements and tendencies in art production after 1950, as well as an introduction to key moments in the art theory and criticism of the period.

Learning outcome

After the completion of the course the student should be able to:
• Discuss the most important tendencies, movements, artists, materials and techniques in Western art after 1950
• Identify and present the most important critical and theoretical positions in the art historical literature dealing with this period, and define the key terms and concepts in this literature.
• Place art production after 1950 in a wider historical and political context.
• Analyze artworks from this period using the terms and concepts presented in the course literature.


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Recommended previous knowledge

KUN1060 – Modernisme og samtid (discontinued) (KUN1060 - Modernism and the Contemporary World. Architecture and Pictorial Art after 1900) or KUN1002 – Billedkunst og arkitektur fra barokk til samtid (KUN1002 - Art and Architecture from the baroque to the contemporary)

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KUN4070 – Art 1950-2000


The teaching consists of approximately 27 hours of lectures and seminars.
Teaching is divided into three-hour long sessions: Two hours of lecture followed by a one hour seminar /group discussion with student presentations. Following the seminars is highly recommended.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The examination at KUN2070 is a 4-hour written exam.

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Students are allowed to use bilingual dictionaries on the examination, but these must be certified before the exam.

Contact the front office at IFIKK for certification.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian and English, and international students may write the exam in English or the Scandinavian Languages.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every other spring starting 2015


Every other spring starting 2015

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)