Exhibiting is an intrinsic part of artistic practice, as the tradition of viewing art is that of the exhibition. This seminar module sets out to explore the format of the exhibition and the practice of exhibiting and present it through concrete projects and theories.
Since the beginning of the 20th-century major avant-garde exhibitions and projects have been conceived by artists and artist groups by themselves. It was precisely these exhibitions which changed radically the notion of an understanding of what art is. This happened as a break-away from an existing consensus of presentation with which these artists introduced their artistic productions. The consequence was a significant change in art and the way it was exhibited and received by an audience.
Nowadays, curators and artists have taken exhibition-making on to an art form in itself, which again redefines discourses in and around contemporary art. The choice of site and display, as much as architectural intervention took on increasing significance in support of a curatorial position. At the same time, we find the exhibition venue often becoming a site of artistic production, reference, and reciprocity - while its connotation continually changes in correspondence with the broader field of cultural activity. We will discuss how publicly exhibiting or displaying work always implies a kind of strategic relationship.
The seminar Exhibition and Curatorial Strategies is mandatory for all MFA2 students enrolled in Advanced Artistic Work 3. Though not mandatory, MFA1 students are encouraged to participate in the seminar module.
The lectures in the frame of the seminar are public and open to all students: