Tomáš Pospiszyl: Asociativní dějepis umění (An Associative History of Art)

Postwar art spanning generations and media (collage, intermedial and conceptual art, performance and film)
Tomáš Pospiszyl: Asociativní dějepis umění  (An Associative History of Art)
Tomáš Pospiszyl: Asociativní dějepis umění  (An Associative History of Art)

The collection of essays by Tomáš Pospiszyl entitled Asociativní dějepis umění [An Associative History of Art] follows in the wake of his book Srovnávací studie [Comparative Studies] (Agite/Fra, Prague 2005). It is a set of freely interlinked texts that analyse selected examples of Czech post-war art in chronological order using a similar methodological perspective. While Comparative Studies contended that artworks from either side of the former Iron Curtain that on the face of it appeared similar could not in fact be so readily assigned kinship, since they came from a different cultural and political context, this latest collection of texts places an emphasis on the more general relationship of artworks to the reality that surrounded them when they were created, above all on the inter-generational dialogue between individual artists. Why are contemporary artists returning to procedures or a visual style formulated by other artists many decades ago? Does this represent a rejection of the modernist project, or on the contrary, an attempt to go back to its roots? The inclusion of the works selected within specific artistic media and the combinations and overlaps thereof is crucial to the analysis conducted. Like the first book, these texts also compare works that are related or look similar and raise questions pertaining to the universality of methodological procedures. Certain texts are revised and expanded versions of papers given at international conferences or published abroad, but most is new material.

Czech Edition
Publishing date: September 2014
ISBN 978-80-87259-28-3
208 pages, 147 x 207 mm, soft cover
Illustrations: 30 color
Print run: 1400
Author: Tomáš Pospiszyl
Edited by Václav Magid
Translation by John Comer
Proofreading: Jana Křížová
Reviewed by Marie Klimešová, Zora Rusínová
Graphic design: Petr Babák, Lukáš Kijonka (laboratory)
Published by tranzit (

The book was published with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic