Netherlands, Groningen

The Knowledge of the Curator II

when 8 July 2018 - 14 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 300

In recent years, the multifaceted role of the curator in museums, exhibition spaces, and cultural heritage sites has expanded significantly. In addition to making new acquisitions, developing exhibitions, employing educational strategies, and engaging diverse audiences, curators are also expected to produce innovative scholarship. This course asks how curatorial research relates to academic research conducted at universities. The particular focus of the summer school will be on the increasing interest in interdisciplinary projects that blur the boundaries between art and science. How can objects of artistic and scientific origin forge meaningful relationships? Can contemporary art serve as an ‘enhancement’ of historical scientific collections? How do collections of modern and contemporary art incorporate scientific objects?

Intended for young art historians aiming for a career in academia, museums and cultural institutions, as well as junior professionals in those fields, this course is devoted to the knowledge, expertise, and skills required to meet the challenge of curating art and science.

The Department of Art History at the University of Groningen in collaboration with Ghent University, the Groninger Museum, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and Teylers Museum and De Hallen in Haarlem, offers a unique and innovative summer school program that puts students in direct contact with internationally renowned scholars, museum directors, and curators, including Andreas Blühm, Koenraad Jonckheere, Erik Jorink and special guest Ivan Gaskell (Bard Graduate Center, New York City).

A key feature of our summerschool – in addition to lectures, presentations, and discussion – is the creation of an experimental exhibition with objects from the collections of the Groninger Museum and the University Museum. An excursion enables participants to meet/work with curators on site.

Course leader

Nadia Baadj, Joost Keizer, Ann-Sophie Lehmann, Esther van der Hoorn

Target group

MA, PhD, Postdoc, Junior Curator and Museum Professionals

Participants should have a minimum of a BA in Art History or a neighbouring field
(e.g. Cultural History, Cultural Studies, History, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Religious Studies, with a demonstrable focus on the visual arts)

Course aim

In a curriculum that unites critical reading, thinking, and discussion with hands-on experience, the participants
• are familiarized with recent theories and methods of an object centered art history
• develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for a curatorial career
• bridge conventional boundaries between chronological periods, traditional genres, craft, and design as well as material and visual culture

Credits info

A certificate of attendance will be awarded

Fee info

EUR 300: The fee (€300) excludes housing
EUR 545: The fee (€ 545) includes housing


If you are a RUG student or an RMA/PhD student associated with the Dutch Postgraduate School of Art History (OSK), please inquire about scholarships.