The Inside Arts Program Kassel | UNIKIMS – Die Management School der Universität Kassel

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Contemporary art and curatorship: from documenta to the Biennale

Contemporary art and curatorship: from documenta to the Biennale

Summer Course in the documenta City Kassel and the La Biennale City Venice

The Summer School in Contemporary Art and Curatorship offers students the chance to gain insight into the management principles of two of the world's most important and influential contemporary art exhibitions the Kassel documenta and La Biennale di Venezia by bringing together the expertise of scholars, artists and curators based in the hosting cities Kassel (Germany), and Venice (Italy).


The Summer School will offer two distinct but interconnected 2-week modules that together will investigate the history, management principles and strategies of the two art institutions documenta and La Biennale di Venezia. Students have the chance to fully immerse themselves in contemporary art and curatorship for 4 weeks, through lectures and visits of exhibition spaces in Kassel, Berlin and Venice. 

Students can choose to enrol in both modules, or in each module separately, and will be provided with a certificate at the end of each in order to request credit recognition at their home university.


Module 1: "Inside Arts" (Kassel)
International Summer University Kassel, June 22 - July 3, 2021 (optional Berlin Trip June 19 - 21, 2021)

Relating to the overall topic of studying in and about another country, the Inside Arts program includes the seminar as shown below. The seminar will be taught by Nora Sternfeld, the documenta-Professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and her team.

Classes meet daily in the mornings or afternoons. Eventhough previous knowledge in the selected field of topic can be useful for the completion of the course, the admission is not restricted to students of a similar subject. 

The university program is combined with several leisure time activities, such as workshops and excursions. Kassel's location in central Germany makes other destinations in Germany and Europe easily reachable within a few hours. A special excursion to Berlin is included in the program.

In addition, students will be accommodated at a host family for the time of their stay. Due to this structure the program guarantees a broad and realistic impression of German culture, historical heritage and daily life in modern society.


The documenta in Kassel is one of the most important and well known modern arts exhibitions in the world. Since the beginning in 1953, it has grown continuously and can be experienced not only in museums and art halls but also in many places throughout the city, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. In fact, in 2017 more than one million visitors came to North Hesse. The University of Kassel offers interested students and graduates, especially from the areas of Fine Arts, Cultural Sciences and also Economics, the chance to get involved with the theory and practice of documenta and to learn about its history up to now. “Inside Arts” offers insight in how to curate an exhibition of this dimension – from pre-planning to the management of the documenta, including international marketing. We will visit the documenta Archive, art galleries and museums exhibiting documenta art. 

After the course, you can  participate in our optional Berlin trip. In the capital, we will experience street art, which Berlin is famous for, including the East Side Gallery – the longest remaining part of the Berlin wall painted with graffiti art. Famous art museums like the Nationalgalerie / Museum Island, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Museum of Contemporary Art), or the Gemäldegalerie with masterpieces from the Middle Ages to Baroque will also be a part of the trip.  

After Module 1, you can continue with Module 2 at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. 


Module 2: "Curatorship of Contemporary Art" (Venice)
Ca' Foscari School for International Education (Ca' Foscari University Venice, Italy), July 5 - 16, 2021

The module will alternate between in-class lectures, focus seminars and site visits of relevant art projects and exhibitions in Venice's most important exhibition spaces, with a special focus on the Venice Biennale.

Two tracks will be offered in 2021: one for undergraduate students who have little to no background in the art management, and another for graduate students and experts in their field.



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