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9 January - 13 March 2019


Timetable: Wednesdays 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Art from both the 20th century and the present day has undergone an evolutionary process that is full of discontinuities packed with references and languages that either embrace the tradition of western art or totally reject it. Art can be interpreted through a wide assortment of operational strategies that are contingent upon the habitat created by the environmental conditions of each particular moment in time and the specific action of each artist.

Spectators have oftentimes found themselves locked in a passive role based on the mere contemplation of the formal aspect and stripped of any capacity for translation. They are forced to deal with a heterogeneous model classified into styles, movements and agents—to exercise a close examination based on the relative abundance of common denominators and disparities between the different artists, works and creative approaches.

The structure of art—which usually puts more emphasis on the dissertation of how rather than on the discovery of why—has cultivated a preference for formal description, the chronological position, and, as a result, taxonomy as the methodology combining taxis and nomos; structure and norms.

The approach to modern art proposed in this course is based on the objection of anecdotal classification and identifies with it. This path is far removed from a symbolic and standard simplicity in an attempt to create a new stage rich in possible exceptions and unlikely relationships. A stage setting that is displaced in time but subject transversally to the different movements, in terms of the wealth of results as well as their localization over time.

We will attempt to analyse the different creative approaches as resourceful elements in an effort to find significance from the interpretation of the economic, social and political environment as a co-generator of contents. This will allow us to come closer to a magnified perspective from which we will actually be able to optimize some of our questions, without being in a position to offer any answers.

Suso Fandiño


  9 January. Introduction: The invention of art?

 16 January. Some impacts of art history on art itself

 23 January.Natures, categories and typologies of avant-garde movements

 30 January. Rethorics of the monument and the object. From Willendorf to R. Mutt

 6 February. Expressionist mannerism. Pathos

 13 February. Idealised synthesis. Ethos

 20 February. The degeneration of genre. The disappearance of art

 27 February. The image as a reflection. Popular culture

 6 March. The functionalised image. Art and power. Art and the messianic narrative

 13 March. Art is dead… ¡long live art!

Suso Fandiño holds a doctoral degree in Fine Arts and Art History. Born in 1971 in  Santiago de Compostela, he started his career at the turn of the century and has continued to devote himself to teaching and artistic creation up to the present time.  In the early days he belonged to a new generation of artists who were at the forefront of the change of course taken by art in Galicia in the second half of the nineteen-nineties. He has had exhibitions at different galleries in Spain such as Ad Hoc, T20 and Trayecto, in the United States at Maus Contemporary and at Pedro Oliveira in Portugal, where he collaborates on a regular basis. He also participates in many different modern art shows such as ARCO, where he has shown for thirteen years in a row, LOOP, as well as international venues: Arte Lisboa, Paper Positions Berlin, Liste Art Fair and Drawing Now Paris, among others.

On the international scene, he has carried out projects in the fields of teaching and outreach and artistic creation in some of the most important institutions of Galicia (CGAC, MARCO, Barrié Foundation and MAC, among others). His work can be found in both national and international collections such as the CGAC Collection, the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Barrié Foundation and the Jan Michalski Foundation. His series Vous etês ici, on the conflict in Syria was given the prestigious Máximo Ramos International Award for Graphic arts at the 24th edition in 2016.

TARGET AUDIENCE: teachers, students and the general public interested in modern art.


REGISTRATION: Registration is open from 25th October until 8 January 2019. If you are interested, please send an email to Please include your full name, Identity Card Number, level of education, field of work or interests, and an email address and contact telephone number. Once your application has been accepted, you will receive payment information.

FEE: 30 €

CERTIFICATION: CGAC will issue a certificate to all persons who have attended at least 75 % of the classes.

DIRECTED BY: Suso Fandiño

COORDINATED BY: Virginia Villar

Rúa Valle Inclán, 2
15703 Santiago de Compostela
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