Curatorial Practices in the Contemporary World II


Course Objective

1) Acquire and deepen insight and knowledge into the relatively new
scientific field of the history of exhibitions.
2) Critically problematize and discuss methodologies of research into
exhibition histories.
3) Gain insight and actively explore museum archives and exhibition
research in the context of academic as well as museum practice by means
of excursions, guest lectures and self-study.
4) Plan, execute and communicate (orally and in writing) scientific
research into a case study, which has been selected from the museum or
institution where the student is based for the internship.

Course Content

In the practice of curators today research is under pressure as a result
of a cocktail of among others state budget cuts, the demand of visitor
numbers and the commercialization of culture. In this course we call
attention for research into (the history of) exhibitions or museum
presentations as a vital practice for curators and ultimately as a vital
ingredient for a strong exhibition culture. Such research fuels ideas
and values about scientific, societal or artistic knowledge and the
means of its transfer through different forms of presentation and
education. We invite students to choose a case study from the museum/
institution where they follow their internship and investigate it on the
basis of museum archives and possibly oral knowledge of museum
personnel. The course is designed to guide the research process by means
of literature study, discussions on methodology, excursions to museum
archives, and guest lectues of exhibition researchers. We will share
the acquired knowledge in a course conference at which curators from the
field will be invited. Students complete the course with a scientific
paper on their case study.

Teaching Methods

Seminar, excursion, self-study.

Method of Assessment

1) Pitch (10%)
2) Oral paper (20 %)
2) Written paper (70%)
3) Fieldwork and participation (Pass/Fail)
All exams must be sufficiently completed.

Entry Requirements

The mandatory core courses Collecting, Curating and Display I and II,
and Curatorial Practices in the Contemporary World I must have been
completed. Students must be following the mandatory internship I and II
of the MA Curating Art and Cultures.


To be announced.

Target Audience

Mandatory for students admitted to the MA Curating Art and Cultures. The
course cannot be followed as an elective.

Additional Information

The MA Curating Art and Cultures is a joint programme of the VU and the
UvA. Curatorial Practices in the Contemporary World II is taught at the
VU in period 1, 2 and 3, alongside the internship.

General Information

Course Code L_KAMAMUS024
Credits 6 EC
Period P1+2+3
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.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Excursion
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