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The Art Museum and its objects: historical context, materials and professional praxis

This course discusses the specific role of art museums in Western society with a focus on historical contexts, historical discourses and exhibition criteria. The language of instruction is English.

Moreover, the course examines collection criteria and museum policy from a historical and contemporary perspective, as well as the role of the art market in the field of early modern art. In addition, the course examines the art museum’s handling of art objects in relation to permanent and temporary exhibitions, loans, exhibition logistics, budget planning, museum administration (with economics and law) and technical standards regarding lighting and climate conditions in the museum institution. Students will learn to understand and interpret the art objects’ material, provenance and historical context, as well as on-site inventory in the museum institution.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of seminars, lectures and group exercises. Attendance is mandatory. 


    The course is examined on the basis of a take-home examination and a written paper.


    Autumn 2020:

    Anna Bortolozzi (Universitetslektor)
    Sabrina Norlander Eliasson (Universitetslektor)

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • Contact

    Study councellor