Aim of Programme

The international Master's programme Curating Art is a two-year curatorial education established and developed as a joint enterprise between Stockholm University and institutions from the art world. Its full name – Curating Art: International Master's Programme in Curating Art, including Management and Law – reflects the curator’s internationalised, professional role and job market. With this as starting point, we wish to focus on the presentation and understanding of art and art exhibitions, including aspects connected to management, organization, institutional frameworks, and legal issues. The students who join the programme represent a broad spectrum of interests, spanning from new tendencies in contemporary art and curatorial practice, to urgent political issues such as environmental challenges and sustainability. Their interests influence topics for assignments, collaborations, and projects that are developed throughout the two years of studies.

Academic and practice based

Curating Art is in equal shares an academic and practice based education. By merging theory and practice in the courses, the programme stresses the interrelations of these issues. Thus, the courses are integrated with each other in terms of aims and focus. Cognitive aspects from one course reappear in another as a reflective resource. This means that borders are crossed: theory and practice are considered as interdependent in the curator’s work; conceptual ideas are thought of as influenced by experiential, and vice versa.

The programme was initiated by Margaretha Rossholm Lagerlöf, Professor emerita in Art History; David Neuman, Founder and Director of Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art; Bo Nilsson, Artistic Director Artipelag and former Director of Rooseum, Liljevalchs konsthall and Charlottenborg; and Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, Professor and Head of Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. Their professional width, experience, and engagement continue to have a strong imprint on the programme both through its connections to the art world and in its pedagogical aims and methods.

Guidance of a mentor

The closeness to the art world is emphasised in courses and faculty. Throughout the programme the students meet a great number of curators and other professionals of the art field, through seminars, in recurring workshops on curatorial tools, and through the final examination that consists of the realisation of a curatorial project (combined with an academic Master thesis). Each student has access to the guidance of a mentor, who would be a member of the Steering group or an external curator connected to the programme.