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Seminar BA2: Dutch Sculpture in an International Perspective


Admission requirements

The following courses need to be successfully completed:

  • Freshman’s Class

  • Academic Skills II

There is limited space in this seminar. Students from both specialisations (Kunst en Cultuur/Arts, Media and Society) have access to this seminar.


The seminar aims to promote academic research about modern and contemporary international sculpture and its historiography, viewed as a cultural product anchored in society and closely related to other forms of visual art. Teaching and research will focus on placing the historiography of modern and contemporary sculpture in the Netherlands in an international perspective.
This seminar is part of an interdisciplinary research project of 5 years. The main goal for this research is to write the history of a century of modern Dutch sculpture in an international perspective. This window focusses on the public monument and its development (1850 – 2000). Statue-mania is characterised just as much by the agonising that precedes the festive unveiling and inevitably continues afterwards. In a sectarian, democratically organised and densely populated land such as ours, there is no shortage of grief. How have the sculptors of the twentieth century discharged their duties? What role has the government played? And what did the people think? And what did they really want? Our country has a particular history and a very broad sense of art in the public space. How are these connected, monuments and art in public spaces?

In this course, all students develop case studies, addressing these kinds of questions.
Literature study is combined with lectures by invited sculptors; students should expect to present their case in class (e.q. in a Pecha Kucha presentation); to prepare a lecture discussion in connection with visiting artists; to write some text and to discuss each other’s work. A prepared visit to an exhibition or an artist’s studio is included in the course. A lot of discussion is encouraged. The focus is on modern sculpture, with occasional older examples

Course objectives


  • Students learn to know developments, in contemporary examples as well as historical examples, in the use of materials connected with the meaning of a sculpture;

  • Students learn to know the history of sculpture in relation to its surroundings;

  • Students learn to know the sculptor’s role as an autonomous artist;

  • Students learn to know the sculptor’s role as an artist working on a commissioned monumental / public work;

  • Students learn to know the tension between authenticity, concept, material, technique, which translates in a sculpture and its form;

  • Students learn to know the recent, international discussion concerning debatable public monuments.


  • Students acquire skills to present a case, or part of a case in a pecha kucha presentation;

  • Students acquire skills to present a case in a traditional presentation, or discussion, in class;

  • Students acquire skills to prepare questions and a discussion in class, and to do the actual discussion itself with a visiting sculptor;

  • Students acquire skills to write decent critical or historical texts;


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Research

  • Excursion

Attendance is compulsory. Students are allowed to miss a maximum of one seminar, provided they present a valid reason beforehand. Students who have missed more than two seminars will have to apply to the Examination Board of the BA Arts and Culture in order to obtain permission to further follow and complete the course. See also the Course and Examination Regulations

Assessment method


  • Two papers, 1500 (bibliographical essay) and 2500 words max. (notes excluded)

  • Two small presentations


Two papers (80%)
Two small presentations (20%)

Compensation: The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). The mark for the final examination (or the main assignment) must be at least 6.0 at (= a pass). The mark for all other constituent examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). However, it is possible to compensate for one constituent examination a 5.0 (but not a mark lower than 5.0) with the grade of another constituent examination which has the same weight in the average as the constituent examination it compensates.


A resit/ rewrite can be done for constituent examinations which are failed. As far as applicable all resits/ rewrites take place at the same time, after the final (constituent) examination.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • P. Curtis, Sculpture 1900-1940, Oxford 1999.

  • A. Causey, Sculpture since 1945, Oxford 1998.

  • J. Teeuwisse, Dutch Sculpture. An Apologia, Zwolle 2014 (handed out in class)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Prof. dr. J.B.J. (Jan) Teeuwisse
Drs. B.J.M. (Dick) van Broekhuizen (PhD Candidate 19th century sculpture, Curator of museum Beelden aan Zee & Sculptuur Instituut) (


The seminar meetings will take place at the Bibliotheek Museum Beelden aan Zee/ Sculptuur Instituut, Scheveningen. More information will be made available through Brightspace.