Exhibition Machines

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Exhibition Machines

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    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 practice 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 exhibition in the context of institutional critique.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lecture, seminar, excursions.

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

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    Basic knowledge in art history and/or cultural history.

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