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The integration of school and museum in teaching Visual Arts on the subject of EXAT 51


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Saradžić, Adriana. (2018). The integration of school and museum in teaching Visual Arts on the subject of EXAT 51. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Art History. [mentor Nestić, Jasmina and Dulibić, Frano].

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EXAT 51 was an art group consisted of painters and architects, which was active in Zagreb between years 1950. and 1956. The group developed under the influence of Russian constructivism and Bauhaus, and in their manifesto they emphasised their commitment to the affirmation of abstract art and the synthesis of arts as the main intention of their work. By committing to the recognition of abstract art, they opposed to the docrtine of Socialist realism in Yugoslav art and culture of that time. Although their greatest success was achieved in the field of abstract painting, the group also played an important role in contributing to the development of Croatian design and visual communication. In this graduate thesis, a proposal for a secondary school project that involves the integration of school and museum in teaching Visual Arts has been presented. The project is divided into four parts. The first part of the project consists of classroom teaching that includes self-study in the form of group and individual work that address the following topics: Ideology and society in twentieth century Europe, Dictatorial regimes, The beginning of the Cold War and its consequences on the political situation in Yugoslavia, Socialist realism. The group's appearance is closely related to certain political events of the first half of the twentieth century, which is why these topics address the socio-historical context, necessary to understand the art group's tendencies. The second part of the project was conceived as a lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, where a large part of the EXAT 51 opus is exhibited. It covers topics related to the development of the group, their main principles and their painting. The third part of the project consists of classroom teaching that cover the following topics: EXAT 51 architects, Ivan Picelj's graphic design, Aleksandar Srnec's Lumino kinetic art and Animated film Don Kihot. Those topics cover group activities in different areas, which is crucial for the understanding of EXAT 51, since the group aspired to attain the synthesis of all arts. The fourth, final part of the project involves the collection of topic materials and presentation of the project. This project gives the students an opportunity to better understand the subject of EXAT 51, since it involves both classroom and museum teaching, where they can fully experience the art of the group and which in turn will reinforce their habit of visiting museums. Furthermore, the project will help increase the insufficient hours dedicated to the Visual Arts class and the otherwise feebly incorporated subject of EXAT 51 in the curriculum of Visual Arts.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: EXAT 51, abstract art, teaching in a museum, Visual Arts, project based learning
Subjects: History of art
Departments: Department of Art History
Supervisor: Nestić, Jasmina and Dulibić, Frano
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 11:00
Last Modified: 21 May 2018 11:00

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