Austria, Salzburg

Curating Contemporary Art Against the Backdrop of a Local Context

when 19 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks

How do we curate exhibitions of contemporary art in places with a culture of remembrance? That is the question to be dealt with in this course. The focus is on the impact of art beyond the classic White Cube of museums and exhibition centres.

Taking the example of a special exhibition in the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, we will explore questions of how far the specific local, historical and current context plays a role in curating contemporary art, and how far it can be productively incorporated. How can current artistic positions enter meaningfully into a dialogue with institutional remembrance work? How, in polarised times, can cultural work make an effective social contribution through art? How far is it necessary to re-politicise art today? Or should art be considered free of social responsibility? How can the emancipatory potential of art be interpreted today? How can different perspectives be productively combined? Not least – how can the public be meaningfully involved?

Students will work individually, or preferably in groups, on specific examples they themselves choose, and develop concepts for exhibitions/projects. One or two excursions to Munich are planned during the course.

Course leader

Nicolaus Schafhausen

Target group

Oopen to anyone interested in fine arts

Fee info

EUR 0: EUR 700: Regular fee
EUR 540: Reduced fee for students


Send application for grants by 3 April 2019. Link on official website