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20 Feb 2019

Call for Applications: Cultures of the Curatorial - Master of Arts Program at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig

Re: Bachelor Machines, Mai 25 – June 22, 2018, HGB Galerie, Curatorial Group Project. Photo: Roman Häbler.

Call for Applications: Cultures of the Curatorial - Master of Arts Program
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig


Application Deadline: April 30, 2019 (last day of receipt) Start of the Program: October 2019


Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig
Wächterstr. 11
04107 Leipzig

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The Academy of Fine Arts is currently welcoming applications for the 2019 entry of Cultures of the Curatorial.

Cultures of the Curatorial is a graduate program which combines practice-based research and theoretical reflection. It addresses people from a variety of disciplinary or professional backgrounds — the arts i.e. visual arts, dance, theatre, film, architecture, design or music as well as cultural mediation, the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences — who have a shared interest in a dedicated practice in the cultural field and in a concentrated, academically grounded acquisition of additional qualifications for their future professional practice in the curatorial field.

Tightly interweaving theory and practice the program addresses in seminars, workshops, lectures and field trips the historical and current relations, conditions and potentials the curatorial has developed as an independent cultural practice. In two curatorial projects the participants will develop their own positions in relation to the current challenges and possibilities of the curatorial.

What is the relevance of the curatorial within the cultural field under the conditions of globalisation? How do processes, strategies and methods of the curatorial relate to those of art and science? Where could common grounds or perspectives of reciprocal exchange be located? What kind of specificities does the curatorial adopt in the different arts and which forms does it assume in different cultures? And which functions does the curatorial take on in the respective aesthetic, social or economic contexts?

The seminar sessions 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.

Teaching Team: Beatrice von Bismarck, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Julia Kurz
Guest speakers:
 In addition to the teaching team the following guests gave input into the study program since 2009, a.o.: Gabriele Brandstetter, Zasha Colah, Clémentine Deliss, Anselm Franke, Sigrid Gareis, Hannah Hurtzig, 
Maria Lind, Doreen Mende, Matthias Michalka, Matthias Mühling, Vanessa Joan Müller, Sarah Pierce, Marion von Osten, 
Raqs Media Collective, Marcelo Rezende, Willem de Rooij, 
Irit Rogoff, 
Eran Schaerf, Avinoam Shalem, Slavs and Tatars, Nanette Snoep, Kerstin Stakemeier, Lucy Steeds, Barbara Steiner, Nora Sternfeld
, Hito Steyerl, Anton Vidokle, Danh Vo, Eyal Weizman, Jun Yang, Tirdad Zolghadr.

Cooperations: Goethe Institut New Delhi and Mumbai, Goethe Institut Rio de Janeiro, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, American University Beirut, M.A. Programm „Art History and Curating'

Please note: German language skills are required for the enrolment into the program.
 Additional information about the program, conditions of admission, application procedure and dates can be found on our website
All application materials must be received by April 30, 2019. Applications which have not been received by this date will not be considered.
For more information please visit the Cultures of the Curatorial website or write to