The Exhibition Process


    Course Contents

    What makes a great exhibition? This question seems to invite a subjective response, but this course will try to answer it directly. Clearly, there is no standard template for creating an exhibition but this course will explore the process of developing an exhibition from a curatorial, educational, technical, and logistical perspective. Arts have entered a new period; therefore, innovative exhibitions will tell and explain to different audiences the direction it is taking. Contemporary curators offer new interpretations of the works and may even reposition the discussions of the visual arts. During the classes, we will try to answer some of the most complicated questions linked to the exhibition process: What is the relationship between artist and curator? Does great work guarantee a great show? How do curators plan shows for viewers of varying degrees of interest, tolerance and art knowledge?

    Learning outcomes

    Students will learn how to design an exhibition focusing on the main areas of curating: theme, curation, layout/visitor flow, lighting/color, wall text, climate control, art handling, security, researching/archiving procedures and condition reports, preparation of art transport, the art-loan process and art-insurance, and installation project management.

    Expected workload

    6-8 h / week. Students work independently from each other.

    Technical Requirements

    Camera or mobile phone capable of recording and playing back video files as well as the software enabling video file conversion may be required.
    Basic knowledge of programming languages, HTML and CSS may be an advantage.


    There will be 5 midterm assignments (MA) and an assignment-based final exam (FE). The final grade will be calculated based on the final student’s score as follows:
    (MA1+MA2+MA3+MA4+MA5)*0,8 + FE*1,0. For each assignment a maximum of 100 points can be reached.

    More Information

    Class text: MARINCOLA, PAULA. What Makes a Great Exhibition?

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