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Modern Sculpture as Exhibition Project


Admission requirements



The open-air exhibition of modern sculpture is a phenomenon of post-war Europe, initiated by the artists who longed for new exhibition space and international cultural exchange. A few London based sculptors started in 1948 the Battersea Park show, in 1949 followed by the Dutch Circle of Sculptors (Sonsbeek, Arnhem) and in 1950 by the council of Antwerp (Middelheim). The fifties and sixties were the height day of this type of exhibition and international cultural exchange. It led to the acceptance of modern sculpture in the public space and to the creation of outdoor sculpture gardens by museums, private collectors and art galleries.

The goal of this workshop is to identify the players in this history, their differences and similarities, and their legacy. General literature onmodern sculpture and the way it is exposed will be verified. A reading list and possible paper topics will be supplied by the docent.

Course objectives

  • Gain knowledge of the sudden rise of a complicated artistic phenomenon in the public space, a still unwritten chapter in modern art history

  • Practice communicative skills in debates and presentation of research topic

  • Develop research skills in formulating a relevant research question

  • Develop writing skills by writing a paper on this subject of their own choice, with the possibility of publishing


Please consult the timetable on the MA Arts and Culture website. Meetings will take place at the museum Beelden aan Zee.

Mode of instruction

Lecture and seminar meetings.

Attendance is compulsory. Students are allowed to miss a maximum of one seminar.

Course Load

The total course load is 140 hours (5 ec):

  • Ten meetings of 2 hours at museum = 20h

  • Contact hours = 10h

  • Reading secundary literature (2.500 pp) = 50h

  • Writing research paper (2.500 words) = 60h

Assessment method

  • Oral presentation and active involvement in class discussion (20%)

  • Paper, 2.500 words (80%)


Blackboard will be used

Reading list

  • General literature on Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo;

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park;

  • Chillida Museum, Hernani;

  • outdoor sculpture exhibitions of Battersea park, London; * Frederick Myers; Noguchi.


Students are required to register for this course via uSis, the course registration system of Leiden University. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs


Prof. dr. B.J.B. Teeuwisse