Special aspects of the History of Art 1β: International art events, institutional discourses and contemporary curatorial practices

Course Information
TitleΕΙΔΙΚΑ ΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΤΕΧΝΗΣ 1β: ΔΙΕΘΝΕΙΣ ΔΙΟΡΓΑΝΩΣΕΙΣ ΤΕΧΝΗΣ, ΘΕΣΜΙΚΟΣ ΛΟΓΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΣΥΓΧΡΟΝΕΣ ΕΠΙΜΕΛΗΤΙΚΕΣ ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΕΣ / Special aspects of the History of Art 1β: International art events, institutional discourses and contemporary curatorial practices
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolVisual and Applied Arts
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorLouiza Avgita
Course ID600018518

Programme of Study: New PPS of School of Visual and Applied Arts (2014-today)

Registered students: 12
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specialization / Direction
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΥΘΝΣΤ1 History of Art I
  • ΥΘΝΣΤ2 History of Art II
  • ΥΘΝΣΤ3 History of Art III
  • ΥΘΝΣΤ4 History of Art IV
General Prerequisites
Successful completion of the modules History of Modern and Contemporary Art 1, 2, 3 and 4 is required.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course the students are expected to: * understand the concept of contemporary art as this has been formulated in the institutional framework and in relation to the contemporary ways of art production, distribution, understanding, conceptualisation and presentation * understand the multiple aspects of the institutional framework of contemporary art * understand the concept of curation in the context of modern and contemporary art * realize the role of exhibitions and art events in the formulation of contemporary art production * look into art’s connection to society and public sphere * understand the relation between contemporary art practices and the prevalent contemporary theoretical approaches * understand the ways that the artworks relate to the economic and political structures, as well as to the institutions of the period * understand the interdisciplicary and interinstitutional character of contemporary art
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on the institutional framework of modern and contemporary art, the ways it has formulated art production and the discourse it has produced. The course is mainly concerned with the temporary exhibitions, the international art events and the biennials as fields of production, distribution and reception of contemporary art. Discussion will be focused on the theoretical concepts of contemporary curatorial discourse, exhibition politics and the ways they attribute meaning to contemporary art. The aims are: * the examination of the multiplicity of institutional discourses and policies which contribute to the formulation of contemporary art * the investigation of the history of exhibitions and of the contemporary art institutions * the understanding of the role of curating in the formulation of contemporary art * the interrelation between exhibitions, dominant theoretical discourses, ideological conflicts and prevailing politics * the analysis of particular case studies of exhibitions
Exhibtions, art institutions, internationsl art events, biennials, curation, contemporary art
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Teaching involves use of computers and systems of projection and sound for power point presentations, video projections and sound reproductions, internet, and the e-learning platform for uploading all relevant educational material (presentations, bibliography, etc.). Communication with the students takes place via email and the e-learning platform which is also used for assessment.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.5
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50.2
Written assigments250.8
Student Assessment
The evaluation of the students involves: * presence and participation in the lectures (20%) * presence and participation in the relevant scheduled educational activities (visits to museums, conferences, events, etc.) (10%) * assignments, presentations, exercises, etc. (20%) * final assignment (50%)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γυιόκα, Λία (επιμ.), Μουσεία 06: Διαλέξεις και μελέτες για τις πολιτισμικές σπουδές και τις εικαστικές τέχνες, (Συλλογικό έργο: Σωκράτης Γεωργιάδης, Γρηγόρης Πασχαλίδης, Νίκος Δασκαλοθανάσης, Λουίζα Αυγήτα, Παύλος Κάβουρας, Άντζελα Δημητρακάκη, Σωτήρης Μπαχτσετζής, Ορέστης Πάγκαλος, David Carrier, Λία Γυιόκα, Ματούλα Σκαλτσά, Δημήτρης Μπαλαμπανίδης, Ειρήνη Γερογιάννη), επιμ. σειράς Ματούλα Σκαλτσά, Θεσσαλονίκη: Ζήτη, 2012 Δημητρακάκη, Άντζελα, Τέχνη και παγκοσμιοποίηση: Από το μεταμοντέρνο σημείο στη βιοπολιτική αρένα, Αθήνα: Βιβλιοπωλείον της Εστίας, 2013 Κανιάρη, Ασημίνα, To Μουσείο ως χώρος της Ιστορίας της Τέχνης: Εκθέσεις, συλλογές και η Τέχνη από τον 19ο στον 21ο αιώνα, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Γρηγόρη, 2013
Additional bibliography for study
Altshuler Bruce, Salon to Biennial - Exhibitions that Made Art History, Volume 1: 1863-1959, Phaidon Press, 2007 Avgita Louisa και Juliet Steyn (επιμ.), Third Text, ειδικό τεύχος “Balkans”, 21, 2, Μάρτιος 2007 Belting Hans και Andrea Buddensieg (επιμ.), The Global Art World: Audiences, Markets, and Museums, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2009. Benjamin Walter, Για το έργο τέχνης: τρία δοκίμια, Αθήνα, Πλέθρον, 2013. Bennett Tony, The birth of the museum: history, theory, politics, London, New York: Routledge, 1995 Bishop Claire, Radical Museology, or: What’s ‘Contemporary’ in Museums of Contemporary Art?, Koenig Books, London, 2013 Bürger Peter, "The Institution of 'Art' as a Category in the Sociology of Literature", Εnglish translation Michael Shaw, Cultural Critique, No. 2, Winter, 1985-1986, pp. 5-33 Child Danielle, Working Aesthetics. Labour, Art and Capitalism, Bloomsbury Academic, (Radical Aesthetics-Radical Art), London and New York Dimitrakaki Angela and Kirsten Lloyd (eds), Economy: Art, Production and the Subject in the 21st Century (Value Art Politics LUP), Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 2015 Gardner Anthony, Charles Green, Biennials, Triennials, and documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art, Wiley-Blackwell, London, 2016 Greenberg Reesa , Bruce W. Ferguson, Sandy Nairne (επιμ.), Thinking About Exhibitions, Λονδίνο και Νέα Υόρκη, Routledge, 1996. Groys Boris, “Under the Gaze of Theory”, e-flux, No 35 (May), 2012, http://www.e-flux.com/journal/under-the-gaze-of-theory/ O'Neill Paul (ed), How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, London, 2017 Roelofs Joan, Foundations and Public Policy. The Mask of Pluralism, State University of New York Press, New York, 2003
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