During this course, participating students will make an (online and offline) exhibition together.


Tatjana Macic

For whom?

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


12 Wednesdays from 11.00-18.30, semester II 2021 (Febr.-May)

Study load

6 EC (84 contact hours and 84 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 re-search 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.

The exhibition(s) will take place in various spaces at The Royal Academy (such as galleries, presentation and project spaces, corridors, courtyards and studio spaces) and possibly outside the academy.

According to their individual preferences and group dynamics, students can choose to make:

- a group exhibition and/or

- solo exhibitions and/or

- duo-collaborations and/or

- exhibitions in public spaces and/or

- online exhibitions.

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 at-tention will be given to the possibilities of artistic innovation based on Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the rhizome.

12 meetings Wednesdays 12.00-18.30h (division online/offline including rooms TBA)

  • 17-02-2021 (online)
  • 03-03-2021 (online)
  • 10-03-2021 (room PB 101)
  • 17-03-2021 (peer study online)
  • 24-03-2021 (peer study online)
  • 31-3-2021 (peer study in room PC202 )
  • 07-04-2021 (room PA007 and PA009)
  • 14-04-202 (room PB111)
  • 21-04-2021 (online)
  • 28-04-2021 (workday in room PD210)
  • 12-05-2021 (workday in room PA007 and PA009)
  • 19-05-2021 (workday in room PA007 and PA009)

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

For KABK students: Apply in OSIRIS between Monday 3 February 15.30 hours and 5 February 23.59 hours. 2021 by registering and uploading a brief letter of motivation (max. 400 words) plus a few images of artworks and/or designs in OSIRIS.

For Leiden University students: register in uSis before 3 February and send motivation to lectoratektp@kabk.nl) before 5 February 23.59 hours.

The result of the selection will be announced on Friday 9 February 2021.

Late submissions can not be accepted.

Max. 12 students can be admitted for the course.

Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points towards the Individual Study Trajectory (IST).

For questions Emily Huurdeman, coordinator of the lectorate, at lectoraatktp@kabk.nl.

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 exhibition(s) which will be open to the public.

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

Concept development and delivery

Students make sketches, gather materials, test equipment, make maquettes and write promotional material for the exhibition (PR, bio’s, short statements).

Experimenting in exhibition space and building a group physical/online exhibition, opening and building down of the exhibition, (definitive dates may vary due to availability of spaces and wishes of students):

Exhibition closing and evaluation, deadline for short reflection paper

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.