Collecting Curating and Display I


Course Objective

1) Deepening of knowledge and insight into recent histories and theories
of the collecting, curating and display of art objects and cultural
artefacts from a contemporary perspective.
2) Critically analyzing and problematizing histories and theories of
collecting, curating and display by means of intensive reading, group
discussions, and exhibition or presentation viewings on site in Dutch
museums and exhibition venues.
3) Applying histories and theories of collecting, curating and display
through research conducted into a case study, which is reported both in
oral and written form.

Course Content

This course provides a broad overview of the theoretical and historical
aspects of collecting, curating and display, and is designed to create a
common ground for the students admitted to the MA program Curating Art
and Cultures, whatever their background discipline may be. It takes as
its starting point four themes that play out through a variety of
cultural institutions and curatorial practices (Public and
Democratization; Collecting and Display; Exhibition Practices; and The
Museum in a Globalized World), and examines these from theoretical,
historical and contemporary perspectives.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, seminars and excursions.

Method of Assessment

1) Discussions/ session organization (30%, continual).
2) paper pitch (20%, week 6).
3) final paper (50%, week 14).
4) participation (sufficient, continual).
All exams must be sufficiently completed.

Entry Requirements

A university bachelor's diploma giving access to the MA Curating Art and
Cultures. As part of this diploma the BA course Exhibition Machines is
recommended, or an equivalent museological course.


To be announced.

Target Audience

Mandatory for students admitted to the MA Curating Art and Cultures. Can
also be followed as an elective for students from the MA Art and Culture
programmes Contemporary Art History, Kunst, Markt en Connaisseurschap,
Comparative Arts and Media Studies, Design Cultures, the Research MA
Critical Studies in Art and Culture, or the MA Museumstudies (UvA), as
well as those with a BA degree in Art History, Media, Kunst, Design en
Architectuur, Cultural Studies, History, Media Studies or Archaeology.
Students wishing to take the course as an elective should contact Rachel
Esner ( or Ingrid
Vermeulen (

Additional Information

The MA Curating Art and Cultures is a joint programme of the VU and the
UvA. Collecting, Curating and Display I is taught at the UvA in period
1, Collecting, Curating and Display II at the VU in period 2. Both
courses form a single whole (2x 6 ECTS), and can not be followed

General Information

Course Code L_KAMAMUS021
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. I.R. Vermeulen
Examiner dr. I.R. Vermeulen
Teaching Staff dr. I.R. Vermeulen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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