Exhibition Machines


Course Objective

1. Familiarize yourself with the concept of 'exhibition', both
historically, theoretically, and practically;
2. Get to know international landmark exhibitions as well as exemplary
Dutch institutions.
3. Understand the networked character of the art system and cultural
sector, its various actors, objectives, and processes of mediation, and
its historic development, as related to diverse forms of exhibits
(visual arts, architecture, heritage objects, design, film) and
exhibitions (museum exhibition, festival, biennial, expo);
4. Practice your skills in synthesizing information from various sources
(lectures, texts, group discussions), critically reviewing such
information as well as actual exhibitions, and presenting your results
orally and in writing, assisted by means of diverse media.

Course Content

The history and theory of exhibiting art and culture from curiosity
cabinet via museum and world expo to contemporary exhibitions,
festivals, and biennials. The exhibition as a means of mediating culture
and politics, educating society, establishing cultural and national
canons and narratives, promoting artists and artifacts, and as
curatorial statement. Artistic reflections on exhibitions in the context
of institutional critique.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, seminars, and excursions.
Attendance is compulsory (generally speaking, missing two class meetings
results in
expulsion from the course).

Method of Assessment

Oral presentation (10%), written assignment (30%), and two written exams
(2 x 30%).

Entry Requirements

Students of the BA MKDA must have followed Academic English MADA


The mandatory class literature will be published on CANVAS.
Suggested introductory literature:
ALTSHULER, Bruce, (ed.): Salon to Biennial— Exhibitions that made Art
History, Volume I: 1863-1959, London (Phaidon) 2008.
ALTSHULER, Bruce, Biennials and Beyond – Exhibitions that made Art
History 1962-2002, London (Phaidon) 2013.
DEMOS, T. J., ‘The Tate Effect’, in Hans Belting and Andrea Buddensieg
(eds.): The Global Art World. Audiences, Markets, and Museums,
Ostfildern (Hatje Cantz), 2009, pp. 256-265.
FILIPOVIC, Elena, Marieke van Hal, and Solveigh Ovstebo (eds.): The
Biennial Reader, Ostfildern (Hatje Cantz), 2010.
GREENBERG, Reesa, Bruce W. Ferguson and Sandy Nairne (eds.), Thinking
about Exhibitions, London (Routledge), 1996.
LITCHI, Henrietta, ‘The poetics and politics of exhibiting other
cultures’, in Stuart Hall (ed.) Representation: Cultural representations
and signifying practices, London (SAGE), 1997, pp. 151-208).

Target Audience

2nd year bachelor MKDA, history students, exchange students from
humanities programs with basic knowledge in art history and/or cultural

Recommended background knowledge

Basic knowledge in art history and/or cultural history.

General Information

Course Code L_AABAMKD201
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. K. Kwastek
Examiner prof. dr. K. Kwastek
Teaching Staff prof. dr. K. Kwastek

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*, Excursion

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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