Collecting Curating and Display II

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Doel vak

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.

Inhoud vak

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.


Lectures, seminars and excursions.


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.

Vereiste voorkennis

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.


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 (

Overige informatie

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

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_KAMAMUS022
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2+3
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. I.R. Vermeulen
Examinator dr. I.R. Vermeulen
Docenten dr. I.R. Vermeulen

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