The module will take place at the Royal Academy in London and coincides with the opening of the Summer Exhibition which is one of the main events of the British summer season and the Royal Academy schedule of events. Its provides a perfect opportunity to put into practice a number of the concepts and theories which were covered in preceding modules and rounds of the majority of the taught programme. The first and second day focuses on the theories of display (object in context and creation of meaning) and fascinating history of exhibitions and the and exhibition making -- how it has evolved over time and what is the current thinking. The sessions are predominately led by Head of Exhibitions (Andrea Tarsia) who is responsible for overseeing all the exhibitions at the royal academy from inception to completion. The theme of exhibitions is also explored through the case of the summer exhibition, both historically and also today. These sessions interweave theory and practice with business and management considerations including the missions, vision and strategy underlying exhibitions. The third day focusses on the operations and logistics -which test students’ ability to translate initial ideas into practical and operational plans which can be implemented. Taking into account possible risks and contingencies as well as opportunities. Both evenings include visits and opportunities for site-specific and experiential learning. The fourth day moves beyond the Royal Academy to consider the wider spectrum of biennales, fairs and other major events and how networks of collaborators and contributors operate within this network. The day is rounded off with a special keynote lecture which also links back to days 1 and 2 with a focus on what makes a ‘great’ exhibition (and curator) in the contemporary time. Students are encouraged to contribute their own understanding and engage in reflective and analytical discussion and debate. Students have to work together during this module, and the module culminates in each group having to pitch an investment idea for an event of exhibition to a panel – made up of those serving on the board of the Summer Exhibition at the RA, to UM faculty, as well as the Director of UMIO, the executive branch at Maastricht University, Prof. Dr. Marielle Heijltjes.
Examples of core readings: * Altshuler, B. (2005) Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. * Altshuler, B. (2008), Biennials and Beyond: Exhibitions that Made Art History (1962-2002), Phaidon Press, London * Doherty, Brian (1986), Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space, The Library of Congress publications