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13 May 2013

Call for Applications: MA Cultures of the Curatorial

Master of Arts Program in the Cultures of the Curatorial
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig


Application Deadline: 29 May 2013 The program starts in October 2013 (4 semesters, part-time)

Judith Krakowski
+49 341 2135236
+49 341 2135166

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig
Wächterstr. 11
D-04107 Leipzig

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In which way is the curatorial relevant within the cultural field under the conditions of globalization? How do techniques, strategies and effects of the curatorial relate to those of art and science? Which are the similarities and the perspectives of mutual exchange? Which specificities does the curatorial develop in the different arts and which forms does it take in the different cultures? What are the functions of the curatorial in the respective aesthetic, social or economic context? Tightly interweaving theory and practice, these are some of the questions which the study program 'Cultures of the Curatorial' addresses.

'Cultures of the Curatorial' is a postgraduate part-time program, founded in 2009, which combines application-oriented research practice with theoretical reflection. It is conceived for people with different disciplinary and professional backgrounds – the arts, cultural mediation, human, social and natural sciences – who are interested in an engaged work within the cultural field as well as in a concentrated, well-founded theoretical and practical additional qualification for a professional practice in the curatorial field.

The study program imparts not only methods of conception, organization and realization of curatorial projects, but also theoretical means for the analysis, debate and elaboration of exhibitions and other forms of mediation: In transdisciplinary seminars, workshops, talks and excursions students and teachers are dealing with the historical and current relations, conditions and potentials of the curatorial as a particular method of generating, mediating and reflecting experience and knowledge. Of central importance are the two curatorial projects, in which the participants of the program develop in real conditions their own statements in relation to the current challenges and possibilities of the curatorial.


1) History and Theory of the Curatorial/History of exhibiting
2) Modern and Contemporary Art History and Theory
3) Research Practice I: Curatorial Project
4) History and Theory of the Curatorial/Transdisciplinarity
5) History and Theory of the Curatorial/Transculturality
6) Research Practice II: MA-Project/Conception
7) Research Practice III: MA-Project

The modules can be studied alongside work. The theory courses usually take place in four to five blocks per semester. This offers the opportunity to continue an occupational activity and follow one's own projects parallel to the study program.

In addition to the teaching team at the Academy of Visual Arts (Thomas Weski, Beatrice von Bismarck, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer) the following guests gave input into the study program:

Daniel Birnbaum, Gabriele Brandstetter, Rike Frank, Hannah Hurtzig, Maria Lind, Matthias Michalka, Christiane Mennicke, Marion von Osten, Raqs Media Collective, Dorothee Richter, Irit Rogoff, Avinoam Shalem, Barbara Steiner, Hito Steyerl, Nora Sternfeld, Anton Vidokle, Hortensia Völckers, Eyal Weizman, Tirdad Zolghadr


Alice Creischer, Lorenzo Fusi, Stefan Römer, Maja Ciric, Eran Schaerf, Gabriele Genge, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Bassam el Baroni, Claire Bishop, Sabine Breitwieser, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Barbara Clausen, Sigrid Gareis, Adrian Heathfield, Nikolaus Hirsch, Jutta Koether, Christian Kravagna, Matthias Mühling, Maria Muhle, Willem de Rooij, Hartmut Rosa, Bennett Simpson, Gregor Stemmrich


Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Institute for Theatre Studies, MA Program, Freie Universität Berlin
Goldsmiths College, Ph. D. Program Curatorial/Knowledge, London
ecm Masterlehrgang, University of Applied Art, Vienna

Please note: German language skills are required for the enrollment into the program.

Additional information:

Additional information on the study program, the conditions of admission, the application procedure and the dates you find on our website

Please send your application to the address given below by May 29, 2013 (date of receipt).

For inquiries please contact:

Frau Judith Krakowski
Kulturen des Kuratorischen / Cultures of the Curatorial
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / Academy of Visual Arts
Postfach 10 08 05
04008 Leipzig