June 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 58 June 2017

Theory of architecture

Vlasov Victor G.

DSc (Art Studies), Professor, Chair of History of West European Art,
Saint-Petersburg State University,
Saint-Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: natlukina@list.ru


The author considers the evolution of ideas of place and functions of architectonic arts (architecture, applied decorative art and design) in the context of a progressive system of classes, families, types and varieties of design and art creativity. A tendency is identified towards historical transformation of bifunctionality – overcoming of the duality in the contents applied artworks. In the history of culture, household things are acquiring an increasingly broader significance. Transition to the symbolic function imparts to utilitarian things new iconic contents. The idea is that things get dematerialized, and they are understood and handled not as material bodies but as objects of historical, cultural and social relations. A morphology of the 20th–21st century art is constructed accordingly.

Key words: architecture, applied decorative art, design, bifunctionality, art morphology, representational creativity


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