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OSK Summer School: The museum and its collection: current challenges and dilemmas
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This year’s OSK Summer School will be dedicated to some classical and current dilemmas in the museum world. Four topics have been selected, and all of them will be studied by discussing one specific case: the museum in search of a profile (branding); the problem of presenting the permanent collection as though it were an event; the desire to integrate relics of history and works of art in the presentation of the museum’s collection; and the experience of the museum’s history as a blessing or a burden.

Date:
June 27 till July 7, 2011
Coordinator:
Femke Speelberg (practical); Prof. dr. Peter Hecht (content)
Conditions:
OSK membership (research master or PhD)

OSK SUMMER SCHOOL 2011

The museum and its collection: current challenges and dilemmas   

Course dates: June 27th – July 1st, and July 7th.

 

Location: Utrecht, and several other cities in the Netherlands.

 

Coordinated and taught by Prof. Peter Hecht (Utrecht University)*, and several guest speakers including Paul Spies (Amsterdam Museum) and Ruud Priem (Catherijneconvent).

 

The course will be taught in English, unless the first language of all participants turns out to be Dutch.  

 

The course is primarily open to research master students, but interested PhD students are also welcome to participate. The number of participants is limited to 20 students. Admission will be decided upon date of application. Applications should be send to the secretary of the OSK, Femke Speelberg (see email address above) and should include your name and reseach institute you are connected to. Specific reasons for you interest may also be included.   

 

Course description:

This year’s OSK Summer School will be dedicated to some classical and current dilemmas in the museum world. Four topics have been selected, and all of them will be studied by discussing one specific case: the museum in search of a profile (branding); the problem of presenting the permanent collection as though it were an event; the desire to integrate relics of history and works of art in the presentation of the museum’s collection; and the experience of the museum’s history as a blessing or a burden.

 

The cases to be discussed will be the Catharijneconvent (Utrecht), Museum Boijmans-Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), and a municipal museum still to be selected (possibly Gouda). Representatives of the museums concerned will be invited as co-teachers, and every day will see a combination of a lecture-cum-workshop and an excursion to the institution discussed. On the fifth day of the course, we will visit and review the recently renovated Dordrecht museum and discuss the challenge of the ever changing audience and what to offer it. 

 

The course is set up to discuss issues relating to art objects and collections from a wide ranging period, dating  from the Middle Ages up to contemporary pieces.

 

The students will be given a small assignment, to be handed in on July 4th and to be discussed with the group on July 7th. Completing the course successfully will be rewarded with 5 ECTS for which the students will receive an official certificate.

 

* Professor Hecht teaches art history at Utrecht University, and is currently engaged as a guest curator in Museum Boijmans-Van Beuningen through his fellowship of the Rembrandt Association. He has organized major exhibitions in the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum and written extensively on the history of Dutch public art collections in 125 jaar openbaar kunstbezit / met steun van de Vereniging Rembrandt (Zwolle & Amsterdam 2009). On 16 April 2011 his presentation of the permanent collection of painting and sculpture before 1945 in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be opened to the public.

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