Inside Arts - The documenta Summer School

The program by the documenta Institut offers insight into the history and theory of curating. We will visit the documenta Archive, art galleries and museums hosting documenta in Kassel.

The documenta is one of the most influential art institutions that addresses current concerns and developments of Contemporary Art. With a strong focus on exhibition research, a young discipline at the core of the documenta Institut, this course will look at the different modes in which the exhibition of Contemporary Art addresses current social, political, and climate issues. By visiting art galleries, museums, and the documenta Archive as well as engaging in talks with researchers at the documenta Institute we will learn about the history of the documenta and its importance to Contemporary Art. Moreover, we will discuss how to research exhibitions and curating practices. The participants will develop their own questions regarding artworks, the exhibitions history, and Contemporary Art while conducting research in the documenta Archive. The outcome of this research will be presented and discussed within the group.

Participants of this course can expect to acquire essential knowledge about Contemporary Art, its current discourses and Exhibiting. This course is addressed to students of Art History, Fine Art, Cultural Studies, Cultural Management and adjacent fields who wish to become familiar with Contemporary Art, Exhibition making and researching.

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