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KUN4075 – Collsions/Collusions: Modernity and Public Art 1880-1920

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Course content

This course examines the problems in, and opportunities offered by, art commissions within public institutions between ca. 1880 and 1920.

Using Edvard Munch and the University of Oslo as the central subject, we examine the rise of new types of institutions at the turn of the last century, their intersection with the political sphere, and the ways in which vanguard art did or did not serve their purposes. From Puvis de Chavannes to Diego Rivera, the course considers important artists and commissions that contributed to collective understandings of modernity and the languages of art.

Learning outcome

After completed course you will have learned:

  • some of the key concepts both in modern art between 1880 and 1920 and in modernity as a social phenenon.
  • to place the later work of Edvard Munch within an international context.
  • to identify and analyze some of the most important public art projects, movements, and initiatives between 1880 and 1920.
  • to consider the relations among art, politics, and society.
  • to probe the designations of vanguard and rearguard in modern art.
  • a research project on a particular case study will yield a detailed study of a significant public art Project.
  • improved skills in oral and written academic English.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Recommended previous knowledge


The course will meet for two intensive weeks, for 2 hours per day, 20 hours in total. The course will be divided into lecture meetings and seminar discussions. In addition, there will be one recitation meeting per week (4 hours total) to review key concepts and discuss case studies and projects.

In addition to the class meetings, eath student will have an meeting in person, via Skype or via Fronter to discuss the final project. The students are also expected to outline one of the assigned readings.

Students are required to hand in one obligatory essay of aprox. 5 pages in english, which must be approved before the students are allowed to hand in the final examination paper.

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.


Term paper (semesteroppgave) of aprox. 10 pages offering a case study in modern art in the public sphere.

The obligatory paper must be approved before the students are allowed to hand in the term paper.

You submit your term paper in Fronter.

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

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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.

From spring 2010 all periodical evaluation reports for the courses given at IFIKK can be found here: instituttets studiekvalitetssider.

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This course is no longer offered


The course is offered irregularly. It is uncertain when the course can be offered again.

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