During this course, participating students will make an exhibition together in Gallery 4 of the academy.


Tatjana Macic

For whom?

BA students from all departments of the KABK & Leiden University are encouraged to apply.


6 meeings, Wednesdays 10.00-16.30h, Spring Semester (Febr.-May 2020)

Study load

3 EC (36 contact hours and 48 self study hours)

About this course

Is an exhibition a mere platform for presenting an artwork? Or is it an intrinsic part of the creative process? Where lies the difference and what are the implications of these different positions for the artist’s research process and artistic practice? How do various curatorial roles re-late to notions of artistic autonomy? Why do artists make exhibitions anyway?

This interdisciplinary course offers students practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of exhibition making in general, and of the potentialities of exhibition making in relation to their own artistic practice in particular.

Students will (re-)make and show new work, critically reflect on this process as well as investigate the possibilities of an exhibition as a framework for research, experiment and (re-)presentation. Special attention will be given to the possibilities of artistic innovation based on Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the rhizome.

The course is intended for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year BA students from all departments of the KABK. The course also welcomes students from Leiden University.

Between 10 to 12 students can participate in the programme.

The course will be in English.

6 meeings Wednesdays 10.00-16.30h (4/11 March) in BB.203 and (18/25 March, 1/8/15 April) in Gallery 4, BD.109.

04-03-2020: 10.00h-16.30h in BB.203

11-03-2020: 10.00h-16.30h in BB.203

18-03-2020: 10.00h-13.30h in BB.203 13.30h-16.30h Gallery 4

25-03-2020: 10.00h-16.30h in Gallery 4 (space available all week)

01-04-2020:10.00h-16.30h in Gallery 4 (space available all week)

08-04-2020: 13.30h-16.30h Gallerie 4build down Galley 4

15-04-2020: 10.00h-16.30h BB.203

Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivated application.

Apply before Monday 3 February 2020 23:59h (ECT) by registering and uploading a brief letter of motivation (max. 400 words) plus a few images of artworks and/or designs in OSIRIS. The result of the selection will be announced on Friday 7 February 2020.

Late submissions can not be accepted.

The course entails two parts.

The first part focuses on the history and theory of exhibition making and the role of the (artist as) curator. Influential exhibitions will be analyzed and discussed, including Op Losse Schroeven, Magiciens de la Terre, Xerox Book, Documenta, the Venice Biennial, the exhibitions of some avant-garde movements and emerging forms such as exhibitions in virtual space. What are the artistic, social, political and economic issues addressed in these exhibitions?

In the second part the focus lies on the students’ individual research, which will take place in several exhibition spaces in the academy. Students will develop their intuition and ‘spatial thinking’ while experimenting with their works in a variety of display modes, space typologies and presentation forms. Particular exhibition strategies and attitudes, as well as the role of the spectator in relation to specific works, will be discussed. In what ways may this process of analysis and reflection affect one’s work and practice?

You are expected to read selected texts and artists’ statements in preparation for the first two course sessions and to prepare a brief presentation on a topic related to the history and theory of exhibition making.

Your individual research and experimentation with installing work in various presentation spaces of the KABK will result in an exhibition which will be open to the public for a few days.

You will host the exhibition opening and participate in a one-hour collective artist talk/discussion moderated by an invited respondent. This will be an opportunity for students to articulate their artistic, visual and theoretical points of departure.

To wrap up, LU students will be invited to write a text about the work of one or more of the participating art students in connection with the in-sights gained in the course. KABK students will be asked to document and reflect on their process by keeping a visual diary, and by writing a short reflection paper (750-1.000 words).

The student:

- Shows initiative and originality in the handling of assignments

- Gives expression to distinctive artistic ambition or vision

- Understands relevant theoretical perspectives, concepts and issues

- Demonstrates critical and inquiring attitude vis-à-vis these notions

- Engages in dialogue about own work and that of others

- Draws insights from discussions and implements feedback

- Effectively organizes research


Theoretical lecture and student presentations

Practice-based research in exhibition spaces, developing exhibition concept and building up exhibition

Final session: Evaluation and breaking down exhibition

About the tutor:

Tatjana Macic is a visual artist, writer and theoretician. She studied art at the Academy of Art and Design AKI, and got her Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam, where she wrote a thesis about curating, politics and innovation. She is founder of Urgent Matters / Srettam Tnegru, an initiative for art, research, dialogue and exchange; and is currently a teacher of Artistic Research at the KABK.

For questions about the courses in the Art Research Programme, please contact Emily Huurdeman, coordinator of the lectorate,at lectoraatktp@kabk.nl.

This course is part of the Art Research Programme of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice.