Study Trip

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Doel vak

1. In depth engagement with exemplary works of western art history
early modern times to today, in original and in the context of
exhibitions, museum or gallery presentations.
2. Practicing of knowledge and competencies concerning the analysis
comparison of works of art, taking into account both their historical
(art history, cultural history), and actual (exhibition context,
contemporary reception) context.
3. Practicing and deepening of knowledge and competencies concerning
developments in style and artistic concepts throughout history.
4. Ability to present an in depth analysis and interpretation of
individual artworks and their contexts orally in class and in situ (in
original) and to present institutions and exhibitions in an accessible
manner from a scientific perspective.
5. Ability to perform independent and comparative research on
artworks and synthesize this research in a comparative paper, based both
on in depth engagement with the respective literature and insights won
having examined and discussed the work in situ.
6. Ability to assess and discuss artworks on the spot, without prior
preparation, based on general knowledge of the history of art and its
materials and techniques.

Inhoud vak

After several preparatory meetings in Amsterdam, this class takes
students on a one week long international study trip, usually to a major
European city, to close-read, study and critically assess major works of
art across periods and genres (roughly from the late middle ages to
today) in situ. It enables students to intensely engage with the
material and stylistic qualities of artworks, in their institutional
context and curatorial presentation. Next to visits to the permanent
collections of major museums, visits to temporary exhibitions, art
galleries, and/or auction houses are included. Students will prepare
presentations of assigned works in situ, and also synthesize their
findings in a written paper. In 2019/20 the planned destination of the
study trip is Cologne and Munich.


Excursion with presentations, group discussions on location. The topics
of the presentations will be prepared in close consultation with the
accompanying professor.


Oral presentations and participation (in class and in situ): 50 %
Final paper: 50%

Vereiste voorkennis

BA MKDA, BA art history or equivalent


Students will have to individually research the literature relevant for
the research and presentation topics assigned to them beforehand.


MA students Contemporary Art History
MA students Kunst, Markt, en Connaisseurschap
This course is compulsory for MA Students Arts & Culture specializing in
Contemporary Art History and Kunst, Markt en Connaisseurschap. Other
students of the MA Arts & Culture and students in the Research MA
specialization Critical Studies in Art & Culture can submit a
well-reasoned request to be

Overige informatie

While the Vrije Universiteit offers some subsidy, this does not cover
all expenses (travel and accomodation costs, entrance fees, meals,
etc.). Students should thus take into account having to contribute some
300 Euro of these costs.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_KAMAKGS029
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. K. Kwastek
Examinator prof. dr. K. Kwastek
Docenten prof. dr. K. Kwastek

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