|Place||Husova 4, 110 Praha 1,|
|Organizer||Ústav dějin umění, Akademie věd ČR / Institute of Art History Academy of Scienc|
This small volume contains ten studies of various formats on a variety of themes by authors of different generations. Its aim is not to analyse a specific issue or theme, but to present the variety of interests in contemporary art history and the varied spectrum of approaches to works of art. The publication therefore goes beyond the usual framework of art-historical work and endeavours to provide the reader with a more profound insight into the scholarly process of acquiring knowledge – in particular (though not only) in cases where a work of art and the issues relating to it give rise to a variety of responses in related disciplines, such as sociology, philosophy, history, and literature. Some studies present somewhat unexpected “close encounters of the third kind” – between poetry and science or the fine arts and film; others reconstruct the social context of works of art; while others “theorise” about their form.